Diversity Within Models

Chantelle Winnie Harlow is a former contestant on US reality show Americans Next Top Model. Her skin condition has made her career and become a symbol for diversification and progression. Winnie immediately quit her job and flew to LA. She was 19 years old. “The moment I laid eyes on Chantelle, I wanted her on Top Model,” Banks recalled. “Her beauty is undeniable and her skin breaks down barriers of what is considered beautiful.” She was contacted by a raft of people keen to work with her, including British fashion photographer Nick Knight, who has shot Kate Moss for Vogue, as well as Bjork, Lady Gaga and Kanye West. He placed her in an ad campaign he was shooting for Desial. In 2015 she found herself on the runways of New York and Madrid, alongside Naomi Campbell.


Viktoria Modesta is a model and singer, she is disabled with having a amputation on her leg because and quoting “When I was born in Latvia, I was pulled out sideways twisting my leg and dislocating my hip. The Doctors then made a stupid mistake and put my leg in a plaster and left it on for too long, which killed the nerves and stunted the natural growth, resulting in my leg being 7cm shorter and much thinner by the age of 6.” she has alot of operations because of this so she thought the best decision to make is to amputate her leg.

Shaun Ross Born with albinism, Ross survived violent attacks from bullies while growing up in the Bronx. Then, intrigued by his unusual beauty the agencies came knocking. Now, after six years climbing the ranks of high-fashion modeling, the 22-year-old has earned a seal of approval from the likes of Tyra Banks, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, and Beyoncé. Ross’s roles in two of the most talked-about videos of the past few months (Del Rey’s epic “Tropico” and Bey’s “Pretty Hurts”)  link to Lana del Reys short music video featured Shaun Ross – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwuHOQLSpEg

James Charles At just 17, James Charles made history last month when he was named as the first-ever male ambassador for Cover Girl. The high school senior and makeup artist got the call a few weeks ago only a year after he began putting makeup on himself and turned into a social media star. Since then, it has been a whirlwind. He’s already shot his first commercial alongside his idol Katy Perry and is helping launch Cover Girl’s new So Lashy mascara.”Cover Girl has always embraced diversity and pushed the boundaries,” he said. “I think having a male ambassador really takes it one step further and just expresses inclusivity for all. Makeup is kind of becoming a more gender-less concept, which is so cool and something that I’m all for.”

Ashley Graham has been making waves in the plus size modelling industry. A plus size model, Ashley continually pioneers for women to embrace their bodies no matter what their shape, and has even helped to found ALDA, a coalition of models promoting a healthy body image for women.She is multi-talented aswell as modelling, she has designed her own range of lingerie for plus sized women sold at online retailer Navabi.

Carmen Dell’Orefice quoting from her “I’ve always considered myself a silent actress. The story line is what a photograph is all about,” Carmen Dell’Orefice, who turns 85 today, once told Vogue. Touted as the “oldest working model,” Dell’Orefice grew up in Vogue, first appearing in it’s pages in 1946. Then a dark-haired teenager with the deeply lidded eyes you might see in a Renaissance painting and defined brows, she’d go blonde before embracing, at 26, the silvery gray mane that still defines her look.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Andreja Pejić is an Australian model. Before completing her transition into womanhood in late 2013 Pejić was known as the first completely androgynous supermodel. Today she is the most recognizable transgender model in the world. Just this past winter, Gucci, Proenza Schouler, and Chanel sent men down womenswear runways. Givenchy, Giorgio Armani, Saint Laurent, Raf Simons, and Moschino did the opposite, casting women in menswear shows. Alessandro Michele the new creative director of Gucci, says that the choice to dress male models in womenswear was “a pure recording of something that is happening around us a strong affirmation of freedom, beyond cataloging and labeling.”

                                                                                                                                                                           Rain dove is a model, “I model as male, female, and everything in between. I model as no gender. I model as all genders. I model as just a human being, It’s not about what my body is, its about what my body is wearing.” Rain Dove turned plenty of heads at New York’s Fashion Week as she walked the runway in both menswear and womenswear, but the strikingly handsome 6-foot-2 model doesn’t really care what you think she has between her legs. “The gender thing doesn’t exist, it’s a social construct you don’t have to fit into”.

Madeline Stuart is an 18-year-old Australian teen, with dreams of becoming a model. She has more than 168,000 Facebook fans, and a portfolio of modeling shots. She also has Down syndrome. The bio on the teen’s Facebook page titled, rather irreverently, Madeline Getting Downs To Modeling explains her goal to change the public’s perception about the disorder. “Madeline would like to be a model,” it says. “Modeling will help change society’s view of people with Down Syndrome. Exposure will help to create acceptance in life.”

Masha Tyelna is a from Kharkov, Ukraine. In the world of fashion she is famous by her beautiful luminously huge, cosmic eyes. Masha said that her career began 6 years ago, for three months she turned from an ordinary school girl into a model participating in Paris fashion week. The super model has worked with legendary brands – Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Mui Miu, Nina Ricci, Dries van Noten, etc. Masha Tyelna posed for the iconic world fashion magazines.

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Author: troystyling

Student Fashion Stylist

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