15 Models Who Are Redefining the Fashion Industry ...

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There was a time when a fashion model was more often than not described as "a young, pretty, long legged, skinny woman".

But it seems like we're ushering in a new era where models don't always fit that description and it's oh-so-refreshing!

Check out these fascinating and inspiring models who prove that there's nothing wrong with being different!

In fact, being different is awesome!

1. Chantelle Brown-Young Aka Winnie Harlow

Chantelle Brown-Young Aka Winnie Harlow

This Canadian model hasn't let vitiligo stop her from following her dreams.

She first appeared in America's Next Top Model's 21st cycle and has since worked for Desigual, Ashish, Showstudio, i-D and Dazed & Confused, and has even shot a 5 page spread for Glamour Italia!

2. Andreja Pejić

Andreja Pejić

The stunning ( look at those cheek bones!) Andreja Pejić is a transgender model who has walked for men's shows for Thom Brown, Rick Owens and Jean Paul Gaultier as well as women's shows for Jeremy Scott, Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture and DKNY.

She also became the first openly transgender model to be profiled by Vogue.

3. Daphne Selfe

Daphne Selfe

At 86, Daphne Selfe is considered to be the world's oldest supermodel!

She has always been a model but got into high fashion after being signed on by the Models 1 agency in 1998.

She has since worked with Dolce & Gabbana, Tata-Naka, Michiko Koshino, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Harper's Bazaar.

Age really IS just a number!

4. Rick Genest Aka the Zombie Boy

Rick Genest Aka the Zombie Boy

Discovered by Lady Gaga's fashion director Nicola Formichetti, Canadian born Rick Genest first appeared in Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" video.

He has since worked with Thierry Mugler, Schön!

magazine, Vogue Hommes Japan, GQ, Dermablend, and even became the first ever male spokesperson for L'Oreal!

5. Shaun Ross

Shaun Ross

Shaun Ross is the world's first male African American albino model.

He has appeared in British GQ, Italian Vogue, i-D Magazine, Paper Magazine and Another Man.

He has also modeled for Alexander McQueen and Givenchy!

And let's not forget, he was also seen in Lana Del Rey's Tropico and Beyoncé's "Pretty Hurts" video.

Impressive!

Tess Holiday
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