Here are some perfect examples of the models who have transformed the fashion world breaking the stereotypes against skin, colour, and body shape:
- Chantelle Winnie Harlow
A 22 year-old Canadian face diagnosed with a rare skin disease, Vitiligo, which causes de-pigmentation of the skin.
She got a kick start in her career by participating in America’s next top model and now she has walked for several fashion weeks including Chanel and has been the cover for magazines like Vogue, Wonderland, Marie Claire.
She is happy in her skin and not afraid to flaunt it.
- Khoudia Diop
Touted as the Melanin Goddess,this model proves us that the beauty lies within yourself. An African Senegalese model, who was featured in The Colored Girl Campaign in Africa which embraces the different skin shades of women breaking the fair-skinned beauty trend, made her a famous face from then on and now she is a sensation overnight.
- Andreja Pejic
A famous androgynous model who walked for both men and women for Jean Paul Gaultier, went through the big change in his life and now is a Trans woman, the Supermodel who has walked for US Vogue and also been featured in Elle & L’Officiel.
She is Gorgeous and is going a long way in the fashion industry.
- Jillian Mercado
Jillian was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child. When appeared posing for Beyonce’s new fashion collection, she shut all the voices behind that let her down.
Not letting a wheelchair affect her modelling dreams, she’s now walking international ramps and doing great.
- Melanie Gaydos
Melanie was born with a rare genetic disorder called Ectodermal Dysplasia which prevented her bones and cartilage tissue to develop. She is now a top fashion model taking the fashion world to another level. She has walked the runway for New York fashion week and been featured in Galore Magazine.
- Tess Holliday
Tess is a size 26 model who was signed by a major modelling agency. She is body-positive activist, and has done various campaigns in order to stop body-shaming and break the skinny models stereotype. She has been featured for the People magazine, also is one of the top 30 influential people according to the Time magazine.
- Madeline Stuart
Madeline is the first model with Down Syndrome, to walk the runway for New York fashion week.
It was when she released her beautiful photos on Instagram showing-off her talent and modelling skills and took the internet by storm. She proved that even people suffering from genetic disorders can look perfectly sexy being comfortable in their skin.
She is now the face of international accessory labels Ever Maya and GlossiGirl cosmetics.
- Carmen Dell’Orefice
She is the ‘world’s oldest working model’ today. She started off at 16 featuring the cover for Vogue magazine and is still working as the model who is 85 years as of now. She has featured in 6 Vogue covers by now and done several campaigns including for luxury brands such as Rolex, Revlon and many more.
She is setting up a perfect example for people proving that age is just a number.