Fashion changes every season. Isn’t it about time the models’ looks do, too?
Many years ago, Eileen Ford pioneered the world of modeling into a business empire. Her iconic standard of beauty was always the tall, thin blonde who looked as if she grew up in the Midwest, or perhaps on the sunny shores of Malibu. Now however, the palette of beauty is more diversified. Women that would not be considered typical “model material” back then, are emerging as new stars in the industry.
In fact, the May issue of British Vogue features nine models of diversity. Edward Enninful, British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, said, “Even five years ago—and certainly 10 or 20 years ago—if you were shooting a group cover like this, the girls would not have looked like these young women do. But one of the great positives of the past few months is the fashion industry finally embracing a concept that has defined my entire working life: diversity. When I say diversity, I want to be clear that it is never just about black and white for me. It’s about diversity across the board—whether that’s race, size, socioeconomic background, religion, sexuality. That’s what I want to celebrate with this cover.”
Who is on this cover shot by photographer Craig McDean? Curvy model Paloma Elsesser, African American model Selena Forrest, Sudanese Halima Aden, Adut Akech, and Korean “model of the moment” Yoon Young Bae who is known for her “doll-like” features.
Also featured is Radhika Nair, an Indian fashion model who was the first Indian model to ever walk for Balenciaga last year.
All of these women are illustrating the power of individuality when it comes to what is beautiful. It is this generation’s modern approach to fashion and beauty that is refreshing and a reason to celebrate!
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