Beauty they say is in the eyes of the beholder. However, our standard of “beautiful” defer and it is very subjective. The modern modelling world, fortunately, is on the path of understanding that a glowing face, skinny body and “Mary Kay” smile aren’t standards for measuring beauty.
Trend change has a significant influence on “ordinary girls” by encouraging them to accept who they really are and appreciate how they look.
Luckily for us, some models are already setting records on and off the runway,-despite their flaws. This article is a collection of some of them;
14. Thando Hopa
Asides being a lawyer, Thando is an African lawyer. She’s an albino and an African, but that doesn’t stop her from pursuing her career in modelling.
13. Anna Marinich
Alopecia a common condition that makes a person lose some or all part of their hair and it affects a number of people, and one of those is Anna. She’s had it since childhood, but that doesn’t stop her from breaking the norm. Her portraits were displayed in a photo project dedicated to people with different features last year. This was her first professional work, and it boosted her career.
12. Kate Grant
Kate the record for being the first girl ever with Down Syndrome to win an international beauty competition.
The teenager who is from Northern Ireland was selected as the best in the “teenager category.” Kate has always been interested in fashion since she was 13, and she’s had the support of her parents despite her condition. They’ve even gone as far as arranging interviews with some modelling agencies but got turned down each time. Now Kate Grant has finally gotten her wish, and she’s doing a great job.
11. Tamy Glauser
Tamy started her modelling career a bit too late, – at least according to modelling standard. She started when she was 27 years old, and she’s done some fashion shows as well as photo shoots. Due to her androgynous look, she’s been featured in some men’s magazines such as Numéro Homme and others.
10. Slick Woods
Slick has had her fair share of being bullied as a child. She was labelled an ugly duckling because of her short hair and the GAO between her upper front teeth. She’s a successful model today because she didn’t let who they say she was, hold her down. She also has Rihanna’s attention and support. Report also has it that Kanye West inspired her to open an Instagram profile.
9. Velvet D’amour
Velvet D’amour surprisingly weighs 299 lbs, and for a model, that’s a lot. She has worked with Jean Paul Gaultier, Vogue, and John Galliano.
8. April Star
Little April was just six years old when she was diagnosed with vitiligo. This news wrecked her self esteem in the worst way. Amazingly, her parents were always there to support and encourage her. They were there to push and make sure she made a career out of what she believed in, and that push led her to get an invitation for a show in the United States, “The Real”, and there she met Winnie Harlow who later became her role model. Now, April is taking part in several photo shoots for very popular magazines, and her Instagram page is something you need to look forward to.
7. Marian Avila
Miss Avila is the first Spaniard model with Down syndrome. She’s long had a dream of being a part of New York Fashion Week, and guess what, her dream happened. She gained recognition when a model showed Talisha White a post made by Marian on Instagram. Talisha got in touch with Marian, and the rest is history. Miss Avila currently works with Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.
6. Tess McMillan
Tess studied for two years at an acting school with the hope of being an actress someday. But the Texan got a shot at modelling after a photoshoot with “models.com”, that was it. She has had works with brands like JCPenney and Zalando. She also had a photo shoot with British Vogue and was part of Marc Jacobs’ advertising campaign.
5. Issa Lish
Issa Lish’s origin is very peculiar: she’s half Mexican and half Japanese. Interesting isn’t it? Her Instagram page is something to look out for because it welcomes you directly into her world.
4. Alice Wilson
Alice’s face is naturally decorated with freckles. However, this isn’t the only unique character about this beauty. She’s blessed with brown eyes and is in the habit of wearing one blue contact lens. This is her effort to prove that beauty is seen all imperfections.
3. Jazelle Zanotti
Miss Zanotti has a thing for bright makeup. Her closeness with Die Antwoord can probably explain her unusual looks.
2. Serafima Solovyova
Serafima is a living proof that feminist shouldn’t be limited to whether or not you have hair. She rocks her hairless head with pride.
1. Sophia Hadjipanteli
Sophia is from Greece, and she prefers to paint her eyebrows black. This makes the brows look more highlighted. She took part in photoshoots where she was Frida Kahlo. Frida Khalo also had eyebrows as distinct as Sophia’s.
Whose appearance do you think inspires you the most? What models do you think should be on the list? Share your thoughts in the comments.