Ask anyone what one needs to do to become a model. They’ll probably say one needs to be tall, weigh no more than 40 kg, have a pretty face, and so on. Believe us, that’s all in the past.
Bright Side collected for you models who break stereotypes and push the fashion world to a new level.
Winnie Harlow suffers from a rare skin disease called vitiligo (a violation of skin pigmentation) for which she was constantly bullied in her childhood: other kids called her “zebra” or “cow.” Yet who knew that the young woman’s appearance would play into her hands? After participating in America’s Next Top Model, Winnie began to appear in music videos, on catwalks, and on the covers of fashion magazines.
Her huge eyes and bright makeup won over social networks and forums when she was still a schoolgirl. After school, Allison, like Winnie Harlow, tried her hand at America’s Next Top Model and managed to take second place.
Diandra, an African-American albino, grew up in a poor family in the Bronx. In her childhood, her peers considered Diandra to be a foster kid and often bullied her. Everything changed when the famous photographer Shameer Khan noticed her walking along the street.
Jillian has been using a wheelchair for 17 years because of muscular dystrophy. She has always been interested in fashion and eventually decided to start a blog about it, which instantly became popular. She quickly got into the front rows of fashion shows, and then she herself began to participate in photo shoots.
Tess Holliday had been dreaming of a modeling career since childhood, but she was told at castings that at 165 cm (5′ 5″) in height and with such curves she had no chance. Now she works as a model and was even on the cover of Vogue.
Brunette Moffy’s career began almost accidentally. Her friend asked her boyfriend, fashion photographer Tyler Lebon, to take several pictures of Moffy for POP magazine. The photos were so good that one of them was placed on the cover.
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Amazon Eve’s height is exactly 2.03 m (6′ 8″), rightfully making her the tallest model in the world. Before her modeling career began, Eve actively participated in sports and worked as a sports coach. Popularity came to Eve after shooting for the cover of the Australian Zoo Weekly magazine as well as after the television series American Horror Story.
If you think all models retire early, tell it to Daphne Selfe. This beautiful woman started shooting for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair at the age of 20. Now she’s 88, and she still hasn’t lost her popularity: she participates in photo shoots, goes to the catwalk, and even shoots for underwear ads.
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Like Diandra Forrest, nature awarded Shaun with albinism. He also has an unusual crooked nose, due to which he had no chance to avoid being bullied at a young age. Yet Sean didn’t give up. He was actively engaged in dancing and started his modeling career at the age of 16.
Due to medical negligence during her birth, Viktoria received a strong dislocation of her left leg. After that, she underwent 15 unsuccessful surgeries until she finally decided to have the leg amputated. Now Modesta is a popular singer as well as a nonstandard model. There are more than 8 different prostheses in her collection, each of which gives her a unique style.
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Melanie was born with a rare genetic disease: ectodermal dysplasia, which prevents the development of bone and cartilage tissue. This didn’t stop her from becoming one of the most extraordinary models of our time.