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10 models who are breaking barriers in the fashion industry

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 23 Jan 2019

The paradigm for what constitutes "beauty" in the fashion world is slowly shifting.Models like Winnie Harlow, Sophia Hadjipanteli, and Diandra Forrest pride themselves on looking different.Nyle DiMarco and Jamie Brewer are calling for increased deaf and Down syndrome representation, respectively.The beauty paradigm in the fashion world is slowly, but surely, shifting. This year, Rihanna's Savage x Fenty fashion show showcased a variety of body types, as more and more designers are choosing to highlight uniqueness over conformity.Models like Winnie Harlow and Diandra Forrest are shedding light on (and erasing stigma from) their respective skin conditions. Others, like Nyle DiMarco, who's deaf, and Jamie Brewer, who has Down syndrome, are inspiring people around the world.Keep scrolling to learn more about 10 models who are breaking barriers in the fashion world.Model Vivian Eyo-Ephraim is advocating for more representation. Man of the Matchh @asos X @bridgemodels ''' Thank you ALLLL so much for the messages, the likes, the comments, the retweets, everything!!! I'm truly appreciative, shocked, excited & cannot wait to represent more women & make everyone even more proud'' #CELEBRATEMYSIZE A post shared by VIVIAN EYO-EPHRAIM' (@vivss_x) on Mar 29, 2018 at 7:53am PDTon Mar 29, 2018 at 7:53am PDT Nigerian model Vivian Eyo-Ephraim went viral in April 2018 for her ASOS campaign. The 20-year-old model (and student at the University of East London) gained worldwide exposure after appearing in a swimsuit campaign for the British clothing brand.Twitter and Instagram showed an outpouring of support, and Eyo-Ephraim spoke on the reaction to her campaign to Refinery29 saying,"I had no idea it would go viral, but I'm so grateful and excited that so many people all over the world are supporting me. I hope the industry sees this and makes a more positive direction in terms of inclusiveness for plus and curve models."Supermodel Winnie Harlow was the first model with vitiligo to walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.Supermodel Winnie Harlow has a skin condition called vitiligo, which causes the loss of skin color and pigmentation in patches. She did not let it stop her from pursuing her dream, competing on "America's Next Top Model" and becoming the first model with vitiligo to walk the Victoria's Secret runway in 2018.Throughout her career, Harlow has made it a point to educate the public on her condition. She told Vogue in September 2018, "Why is there a stigma around being different when were all different'"Model Nyle DiMarco won "America's Next Top Model" in 2015, and has since become an activist for the deaf community.Nyle DiMarco took first place in Cycle 22 of "America's Next Top Model" in 2015, and he also appeared on (and won) "Dancing With The Stars." DiMarco is deaf, and a longtime activist for the deaf and hard of hearing community.He set up the Nyle DiMarco Foundation to help children around the world gain access to sign language education, which he says has helped his life and career greatly. DiMarco describes his deafness as "an asset and not a limitation."Former "Drag Race" contestant Carmen Carrera is an outspoken activist for the transgender community.Carmen Carrera appeared on season three of "RuPaul's Drag Race," and has since made a name for herself in the modeling world, signing with Wilhelmina, per her Instagram. She's also a transgender woman, and has been an outspoken advocate for the trans community throughout her career.Carrera was in the news in March 2018 for defending the trans community against RuPaul's alleged bigotry by saying,"What do people think drag isfor trans women or people in generalother than an expression of art' And why are you telling us 'no' just based on who we are'"See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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