The fashion industry is changing – finally. It's still slow but the movement's finally started. Fashion, even high fashion and haute couture, is embracing more diversity. In both fashion niches and famous houses, we're seeing plus size models, more women and men of color, and representatives from the LGBTQIA+ communities. We're seeing trans models and beautiful people who don't fall on the binary. We're not seeing enough of any of them, but thanks to breakout trailblazers like the following fierce fashionistas, I'm hopeful we'll be seeing lots more.
Marquita slays. Although she's just a size 14, she's considered a plus size model – but she modeled herself some Gaultier, thanks.
Sabina makes me melt. Those eyes, those lips, those freckles! The freckles!
Madeline gives me hair envy every time I see her. She also has the loveliest lips I have ever seen. We're going to see enormous things from this girl.
I am in love with Andreja and have been for years. Her lips, her eyes, her nose, her cheekbones, her hips – ugh, I die!
Lea is Riccardo Tisci's muse. Riccardo, by the way, is the designer genius behind Givenchy. Born in Brazil and raised in Italy, Lea is a smoldering, exotic beauty who, like Andreja, is bringing recognition to the transgender community through fashion.
Yes, ma'am, Toccara is still queen. 'member her from ANTM?
Melanie's beauty is inspirational. She has Ectodermal Dysplasia, but that's not who she is, it doesn't define her. This fierceness defines her.
Rebekah is a stunner with a smile that lights up the world with its genuine joy. Some people (like People) call her the bionic model, and that she is, but it doesn't have a thing to do with her arm.
Winnie is one of my favorite models. She's one of the reasons ANTM was ultimately a successful show, being that it's responsible for several diverse beauties. Winnie, though, she's something else.
Shaholly was born without her arm, like Rebekah Marine. However, Shaholly puts it all out there, and the results are always gorgeous.
Rain Dove is incredible. Absolutely incredible. The former firefighter's androgyny is so complete that she rocks menswear just as well as women's fashion, plus she is so hot. So, so hot.
Jillian is such a stunner. Her beauty is angled and elven and gorgeous. She has Muscular Dystrophy, but her intense presence and soul-searing eyes are the first things you notice about her.
Do I even need to say anything about how breathtaking and amazing Tess Holliday is?
Kris could possibly make me leave Heather. Just for a weekend or something, but still. Her story is inspiring, as well – the things that brought her to fashion, the outlook it gave her, and the beautiful scars she bears.
I have a thing for Nikia's freckles, too. Ditto her lips, her eyes, and that jawline. Rawr!
In the face of Thando's loveliness, I can think of nothing clever or worthy to say.
Diandra's got such gorgeous lips and her bone structure is out of this world. She's got a beautiful soul as well as a beautiful face and she's becoming just as known for her humanitarian endeavors. That's pretty frigging awesome.
Have you got your eye on any up-and-coming models?
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