If you could change the time to 1990s or before, you'll see that there were defined set of rules and standards which were 'must haves' to become a model in the fashion industry. But, once in a hundred years, someone comes along who challenges the stereotypes that exist in our society, because these set of rules and norms become a hurdle in their path to follow their dreams and fulfill the purpose of their lives.
If you could ask anyone who belongs to that era, they'll probably tell you that height, race, colour, skin, and figure of the body was all that mattered to become a model, dreams and passion were secondary. But, not anymore. In the past decade, the world has shrunk because of the increased usage of the internet and connectivity among the people. The world now focuses more on inspiring stories, unlike those photographers and producers who only want to serve skin, flesh, and body on the calendars or magazine covers.
In the last two decades, time changed, people changed, thoughts changed and people have started accepting things that we used to reject firsthand.
So, we at WittyFeed have compiled the list of famous models who challenged the stereotypes and redefined beauty to a whole new level.
Have a look!
Winnie suffers from a rare skin disease called, Vitiligo. It's a disease in which a person loses the colour of their skin in blotches. Winnie Harlow was always bullied in her childhood as other kids called her a cow or a zebra.
But as the saying goes, God always has bigger plans for us than we have for ourselves. After her participation in America's Next Top Model contest, she started to get some work in the music video and later realised her dream to be a model and got featured on the magazine covers.
Her career began accidentally when her friend asked her boyfriend to find her a fashion photographer. The fashion photographer, Tyler Lebon was immortalised with her beauty and placed her picture on the cover of POP Magazine.
An African-American albino, Diandra, who grew up in the Bronx struggled to get along with people in her childhood as they always bullied her. Her life turned upside down when a famous photographer, Shameer Khan noticed her walking on the street.
Allison never looked the way fashion model industry works, but then again, who cares? She randomly started putting her pictures on social media platforms where she gained popularity in the beginning. After completing her school, she tried her hands on America's Next Top Model contest and secured second place; rest is history.
Suffering from Muscular Dystrophy, Jillian was in a wheelchair for almost 17 years. Interested in fashion, Jillian started to write a blog about it. She is gaining popularity through blogs and also putting her in the front rows of fashion shows. She now participates in photo shoots as well.
As you could see in the pictures, Amazon Eve is taller than the tall guys. She is the tallest model in the world. But before her career even started, she had posed for cover pictures of Australian Zoo Weekly Magazine and had worked in 'American Horror Story'. Both of these rocket-launched her career.
Tess has been dreaming about the modelling career since her childhood, but some stereotyped casting directors told her that it's impossible for a woman like her figure and height ever to imagine herself walking on the ramp.
Today, she works as a model and has appeared on the cover of Vogue Magazine.
If you believe that models are as good as their skin is young, think again and tell Daphne. The lady started shooting for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Vanity Fair at the age of 20. Today, she is 88 and equally famous. With her increasing age, the number of photo shoots has only increased for Daphne. The model still proudly poses for underwear shoots.
Just like Diandra Forrest, nature awarded Shaun with the Albinism. Apart from this, his crooked nose was like a cherry on the cake for his bullies. He didn't give up and actively started struggling for a career in modelling and dance. Today, he is as famous as any magazine's supermodels.
Melanie was born with a rare genetic disorder, Ectodermal Dysplasia which prevents the growth of bones and cartilage tissues. But, contended in her mind, nothing could stop Melanie from becoming the extraordinary supermodel of our times.
In the end, it could be said that there's one thing common in all of these models. They challenged the norms, broke all the non-worthy standards and didn't give up until they won. Inspiring.
That's all, folks!