There’s an epic change going on in the fashion industry: after decades spent looking for perfection, many fashion houses seem to understand the damages “perfection” provoked in our society. A growing number of teenagers becomes victim of eating disorders, and this phenomenon is linked to a concept of perfection that seems to be universal but in fact is relative and artificial – what is perfect in Europe is not perfect in the US, in Africa or Asia, thus absolute perfection doesn’t exist.
Nowadays fashion houses look for imperfection and diversity as a unique and precious trait; thus, runways and fashion campaign are featuring models who – thanks to the courage to show their diversity – will change the future of fashion forever.
– Melanie Gaydos was born with ectodermal dysplasia, a disease that alters the development of bones and cartilage tissue. Her face is peculiar and is already the symbol of a new beauty.
– Tess Holliday’s dream has always been to be a fashion model, even though her size has been outside the fashion standards for years: this hasn’t discouraged her from pursuing her dream, and now she is a world known fashion model and one of the favorite subjects for photographers and stylists.
– Winnie Harlow, whose vitiligo (a long-term skin condition characterized by patches of the skin losing their pigment) is the reason why she became a famous model all over the world.
– Daphne Selfe is now 88 and she still models for multimillion dollar fashion campaigns – this is for those who think that modeling is just for young people.
– Viktoria Modesta and Rebekah Marine, also known as “byonic models”, have transformed their prosthetic limbs into fashion accessories, thus becoming two of the most coveted models in this industry.
We hope this trend marks the beginning of a new awareness – not only for those teenagers who dream of becoming models but also for fashion houses and the media.