Hi guys, this post is going to be about my three favourite models that I feel are making waves in the modelling (and fashion) world for ALL the right reasons. Three beautiful people, three beautiful stories.
1) Ines Rau
Ines Rau is a French Amazonian goddess. She’s got legs to die for and skin that looks like chocolate. She also has this uniquely beautiful but fashionable face that exudes glamour and a raw, exotic confidence. Oh, and she’s featured in The “Art” Issue of Playboy, a national campaign for Barneys in the US, and a steamy shoot with heartthrob Tyson Beckford. But what makes Ines Rau special, you may ask? Well, she’s transgender. And the fashion industry are soaking up her mysterious and unbelievable history. I can guarantee you will be seeing a lot more of this controversial beauty this year if you’re not familiar with her previous work.
2) Daphne Selfe
Daphne Selfe makes the cut in this post because she’s proved herself as a model and as a fantastic, inspiring senior woman. You may recognise this beautiful face from campaigns such as Dolce & Gabbana, in which she held her own next to much younger models. She has been named the World’s Oldest Supermodel for her achievements and for her unique look in an arguably oppressive industry which has standards of models being younger, thinner and taller than the average woman. Daphne is by no means average, but truly breaks this mould. She was also featured in a Channel 4 documentary called Fabulous Fashionistas, which I would highly recommend you watch. All round, Daphne is a wonderful, inspiring woman with a timeless class and sophistication and an air that she has nothing to prove to anyone, but a point she is proving anyway.
3) Alek Wek
Alek Wek is fierce. She has possibly the darkest celebrated skin on any global supermodel. Her South Sudanese heritage is what makes her special. In a predominantly white industry where women her colour are often deemed “too dark” (ridiculous) she has smashed down walls and flaunted the skin she was born to have in the face of anyone who has ever told her she couldn’t. She makes me proud and excites me because it’s people like Alek who can really make a change in these industries. It’s refreshing to have a model who looks completely different to everyone else. Alek has worked with Vogue, Elle, Victoria’s Secret, i-D, the list goes on. I’m sure you’ll recognise her work, but this model is someone who deserves true credit for their achievements and definitely shouldn’t be overlooked.
As usual, I’ve got carried away. But I hope I’ve educated you and you’ve found my post as wonderful to read as it was to write. I suppose the main thing I’m trying to say is that these women are inspiring me to do what I want to do because they did it, so why can’t I? Maybe take a minute to think about what’s standing in between you and what you want to achieve? Just food for thought. Until next time, have a lovely rest of week everyone!