The beauty standard has outlived its trend and we’re loving these people who are changing the fashion industry with their presence. Behind these photoshoots and flawless moments are a lot of hard work that they put into their career. And it manifests as people with so much confidence and beauty that radiates from within.
We love sharing about these moments that turn their platforms into a positive ones. Many of them are activists and often talk about raising awareness and demanding the fashion industry to be more inclusive.
Shahad Salman was inspired to become a model with vitiligo.
Shahad revealed that she was inspired by her role model, supermodel Winnie Harlow who also has vitiligo. The 25-year-old started her career and shared the challenges. But with self-confidence as one of her “strongest features,” she’s now looking to become a source of inspiration for others.
Madeline Stuart, first professional model with Down Syndrome and autism.
Madeline Stuart is a trailblazer and has since been taking part in also campaigns and an advocate for people with Down Syndrome. She’s actively speaking for a more inclusive fashion industry that includes more people like her.
This list isn’t complete with Ashley Graham, the famed plus-size model who’s been an advocate for many things, including normalizing scars.
She’s inspired many people to not be ashamed of their bodies as a confident, plus-size model. She’s made it to the covers of many prestigious magazines and has walked on many fashion shows with major brands.
Mara Martin famously walked the runway for SI Swimsuit while breastfeeding her baby.
Her aim was simple: normalize breastfeeding! She spoke after the runway that made headlines in 2018, “I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL!”
This is Lauren Wasser, a 24-year-old who lost her two legs, but grew up to follow in her model parents’ footsteps: to be a model.
She lost her two legs to toxic shock syndrome and they had to be amputated, which cause her depression. But she got back up and accepted her condition, and wore herself a pair of golden prosthetic legs.
Hari Nef. The first transgender woman who graced the cover of UK magazine, Elle.
She’s not just a model. She is also an actress and a writer who’s made several appearances in TV shows, such as ‘You’ and ‘Transparent.’ She made her runway debut in 2015 and was the first transgender model at IMG.
Kate Grant, the first signed model with Down Syndrome in Northern Ireland.
She walked at London Fashion Week and won a pageant at 19 years old. She’s now an activist and has been flourishing in her modeling career.
Lyn Slater, a college professor who’s also a natural model.
It was truly accidental for the 69-year-old, she became famous when photographers mistook her as part of the New York Fashion Week cast. At the time, she was also starting her fashion blog, which was always her passion. And today, she’s been on many famous magazines after she “reinvented” herself.
Plus-size model Nyome Nicholas-Williams who made Instagram change their community guidelines.
This amazing woman fights for body positivity and her fight resulted in Instagram changing its guidelines. She is also an ambassador for non-profit organizations aimed at eradicating homelessness.
Jillian Mercado has muscular dystrophy which confines her to her wheelchair, but she’s been to the New York Fashion Week.
She’s become an icon in raising awareness and encouraging the industry to be more inclusive.
Brenna Huckaby led the 16 finalists down the Sports Illustrated catwalk.
Motivational Speaker Jack Eyers walked the runway at London Fashion Week in 2015.
The motivational speaker lost his leg when he was just 16 from a rare condition. But nothing stopped him from chasing after his dreams and taking up challenges.