THE NEW FACE OF BEAUTY
Gucci's recently-released line of lipsticks came with an ad that left model Dani Miller’s gapped teeth and snaggletooth completely unretouched. It’s refreshing to see a luxury brand like Gucci embracing their models’ uniqueness, and it seems like Dani is stoked too, as shown in her Instagram caption saying, “There is space for everyone to be themselves!”
THE MODELS WITH A DIFFERENCE
They may not fit into the cookiecutter mould of what a model should look like, but that’s not going to stop them from thriving. Meet Winnie Harlow and Sara Geurts, who are champions of loving your skin. Winnie, who has vitiligo, has stated, “I don’t feel like I’m suffering [from vitiligo]. I am conquering.” Meanwhile, Sara has a rare skin disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which inhibits the body’s collagen production. Despite this, Sara is a champion of confidence and loving your body no matter what.
THE SILVER-HAIRED TASTEMAKERS
While most social media influencers revel in their youth, we’re inspired by Iris Apfel and Lyn Slater for a refreshing take on age and fashion. Iris is a nonagenarian fashion icon who’s inspired everything from documentaries to dolls, while 65-year-old Lyn (who goes by the moniker Accidental Icon) continues to blog about her fashion escapades and her work with top fashion brands. Together, they represent a group of women who embrace their age, rather than hide it.
THE DIVA WITH CURVES
Taking a shot at fashion’s love for unrealistic body shapes is our alltime favourite actress: Japanese comedian Naomi Watanabe. Naomi, who is Japan’s mostfollowed celebrity (and most recently, the new face of sneaker brand Onitsuka Tiger), wears her size with pride. In a country where she’s sizeably larger than the average Japanese woman, Naomi has said that over time, she learnt to love her body and takes pride in who she is now.
THE CHIC CHANGEMAKER
At just over a metre tall, fashion’s diminutive influencer of the moment is Sinead Burke. Dublin-born Sinead has worked with some of the industry’s biggest brands, as she continues to actively campaign for more inclusivity and acceptance of disabled people by the fashion community. Most recently, Sinead helped Burberry redesign parts of their store to accommodate little people like herself. Believing in the power of visibility, she has become something of a red carpet pro lately, because as she says, “If you can see it, you can be it”.
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