People who used to adorn the covers of fashion magazines and stroll the catwalks with the latest fashion collections had perfect facial features and impeccably carved figures. These were stereotypical models and models of a long time ago. Over time, this popular opinion changed. Today, a model can become any person with all their flaws, virtues and imperfections. One should have self-confidence, a personal attitude towards fashion, one should love fashion, and consciously break the established stereotypes of one’s flaws and shortcomings into a personal advantage.
Canons in art or fashion that change over the centuries prove that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In the 1960s, the covers of fashion magazines were adorned with fragile models of children’s facial expressions and expressive eyes such as Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick. The 1970s were current feminine female Amazon women like Iman, Jerry Hall and Christie Brinkley. The 1980s were current road women like Gie Carangi and Elle MacPherson. An unusual and freckled British model, only 169 cm tall, Kate Moss rocked the fashion scene in the late 1980s. George Michael’s “Freedom” music video is credited with giving the entire generation of models a super model status in the 1990s (Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell). Super Factors, that is, Factor X and attractive looking beauty continue to walk the catwalks and adorn the covers of fashion magazines in the late 1990s to the present. Gigi Hadid, Natalia Vodianova, Gisele Bundchen and many others stand out. Breaking all stereotypes and deleting the boundaries between beautiful and the ugly comes with a new era of mannequins. These persons need not be tall or lean or have perfect face and body contours. Today, diversity and uniqueness are sought. Physical handicaps are not a handicap but an advantage and a relief in the fashion industry of the modern world. Plus-size models are becoming popular. The American Ashley Graham beauty with lush Nebraska curves stands out as the opposite of skinny and sleek, spindle-shaped mannequins. Ashley has become a favorite of curvy women, featuring the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, Glamour and Sports Illustrated. Ashley has appeared in fashion campaigns by fashion companies Marina Rinaldi, Levi’s, Liz Claiborne, Nordstrom and Target. American Tess Holiday is also a plus-size model on the cover of People magazine. She participated in the fashion campaign of the Swedish brand H&M, and presented a capsule collection with the Penningtons fashion brand. Canadian model Winnie Harlow was exposed to bulling and various derogatory names because of “vitiligo” (a disorder of skin pigmentation). Her life changed when she was spotted on Instagram by Tyra Banks super-model and presenter of the TV Show “American Top Model.” He becomes a brand ambassador for Desigual, Diesel and shoots a Sprite drink commercial. Also, this model educates the public about life with vitligo. American model Allison Harward is an internet sensation that was called “special” because of her “huge eyes”.
Albino model Diandra Forrest, whose parents are African-American, stands out in white skin, green eyes and naturally blonde hair. Iapk, became the first black albino model to sign a contract with a fashion agency. Diandra was hired by Vivienne Westwood, jean paul gaultier and became the spokesman for black albino models. The first male albino model, Shaun Ross, found solace in dancing. At the age of 16, he began to be a professional modeler. He talks about the problem of the albino model and, under the slogan “be unique”, becomes the trademark of Ford. American Jillian Mercado spent her life in a wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy. He is graduating from the New York Institute of Technology. He has been volunteering for many years during New York Fashion Week. He started shooting for Diesel and Norsdtrom and did editorials for Glamor, Galore and Cosmopolitan.
Britain’s Victoria Modesta becomes part of the fashion world in addition to losing her left foot in childhood. She made editorials for the covers of Skin Two and Bizzare. With a leg prosthesis festooned with Swarovski crystals, she performed at the closing of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, which was reported by the world’s leading media. The tallest fashion model in the world enrolled in the Guinness Book of Records is California American Eric Ervin, 202 cm tall. Daphne Selfe, 90, is the oldest active fashion model to make her first commercial in 1949. She started her career only in her late years. She founded an online modeling school where she passes on her experience to younger generations.
Sometimes modeling can relieve a person of all fears and anxieties and help them gain confidence, happiness and a sense of empowerment. It seems that, among other things, with modeling, every person can be just what they want.