There are some unconventional fashion standards. And they do not always coincide with the universally recognized standards of beauty. If the rounded female forms mostly beckon men, the designers prefer to show their products on lean and tall girls.
As a result, in real life, models often do not look as stunning as on TV screens. But thousands of girls are ready for anything to get into the covetous world of fashion. For some of them, the easiest way is through the bed, and someone is ready to starve for months to bring their body to the ideal shape.
But today a new trend has appeared – the designers suddenly realized that in addition to high creations it is necessary to work for ordinary people. So the models began to appear, absolutely atypical, both for the industry, appearance and form.
Not only that, some even have physical disabilities. That’s why it’s worth talking about the most famous models that show that getting on the podium is not so impossible for any of us. Woman with muscular dystrophy.
When Gillian Mercado made up her mind, laughing for the interview, she did not know what could happen. The girl suffers from muscular dystrophy and can only move in a wheelchair. Gillian worked in the fashion magazine, where she met with Nicola Formichetti, artistic director of the Fashion House Diesel. A few months later the journalist saw an announcement for the casting. Diesel was looking for young models that could diversify the cultural heritage. Gillian, even theoretically not allowing the possibility of success, sent her portfolio there. However, he soon received a letter asking him to send more photos, as her person aroused interest. So Gillian along with 22 other models became the face of Diesel in the new House campaign. In this case, the model does not try to hide its wheelchair. But Gillian was worried about the reaction of her friends on Instagram to her photo shoot. Fortunately, she received favorable reviews.
85-year-old model of lingerie.
Daphne Self is 85 years old and this woman proves with her personal example that beauty does not necessarily have to be associated with youth. The career of the Daphne Self model dates back more than 60 years. The woman is still in demand – she has a slim body, expressive cheekbones and beautiful, not even gray hair, but silvery hair. Today the model is the oldest in England. And her services are in demand by such brands as Dolce & Gabbana, Michiko Koshino, TK Maxx, Tata-Naka. The model with its own example proves that you can and should be stylish at any age. And Daphne Self’s career in this business began by accident. The 20-year-old girl came on the announcement for the competition and unexpectedly won. In the 50 years, she devoted herself to the family, having given birth to three children and decided that she definitely would not be enough for fashion. From time to time she participated in the shows and even flashed into the cinema. And in 1998 the woman was invited to participate in the show “Red or Dead”. After the success there, the stylists advised Daphne to turn to Vogue, who was just preparing an issue about “adult” beauty. The woman with surprise states that now she is in high demand fashion much more than in her youth. In addition, the “puppy fat” came down and outlined his cheekbones.
The cross-eyed model.
The Moffy model defies all classical canons, it does not look much like a supermodel. And although the girl is undoubtedly talented, beautiful and young, has the right proportions of the body, there is something that distinguishes her from others. The fact is that Moffy suffers from strabismus. Physical deficiencies often serve as a barrier to many girls on the way to the catwalk. But in the case of Moffy, everything turned out exactly the opposite – thanks to her squint, she succeeded in the fashion world. The famous photo for “POP Magazine” was the first for the girl in gloss. Photographer Luke Coifate made a series of shots on which Moffi posed in football jerseys and without makeup.However, pure and uncomplicated, besides the unconventional beauty of Moffi won everyone. Strabismus became its zest. And the agency Storm, which opened Kate Moss, Lily Cole and Karu Delvyn, hurried to sign a contract with the beginning model. Now the profile of Moffi flaunts on the site of an elite organization, and the girl’s shooting is planned for several months in advance. Interestingly, because of the features of the exterior of the model, she is photographed mostly without make-up, inadvertently not hiding her lack.
Photo-model-invalid, a former marine.
Alex Minsky managed to fight in Afghanistan. There, when a mine exploded, a man lost part of his right leg and nearly lost his life. The soldier stayed in a coma for 47 days. Minsk became the Knight of the Order Purple Heart and practically lost prospects in a peaceful life. Not immediately the guy learned to walk with a prosthesis. He had to get out of severe depression – after the death of his younger brother, the guy started drinking. Salvation was the gym. During one of the trainings he was approached by photographer Tom Kallis and offered to work as a model. The tattooed good body was not left without a professional’s attention. Photoshoot in underwear was successful. Pictures of the half-naked soldier, who does not hide his prosthesis, became scandalous. Now Minsk works as a model, having at times two shooting a day. He himself believes that his example shows that you should never give up. Minsk plans to become an actor also, it seems that with his persistence this is quite possible.
The highest model.
The fact that the model is higher than the average girls is not a secret. But how big is growth claimed? Amazon Yves, fitness coach, has become the world’s highest professional fashion model. Thanks to this status, she got even in the Guinness Book of Records. Amazon on the head above any other model, and in the literal sense of the word. By the age of 14, the girl had grown to 180 centimeters. The lanky Amazon felt vulnerable, some kind of mutant. And over the next five years she grew by another 23 centimeters. Those years the woman remembers with dislike – the growing body hurted, and classmates constantly laughed at it. But then she was able to reconsider her view of herself and love her body. Before the model began, Amazon had time to work as a political lobbyist, an assistant lawyer. She understands that her unusual forms are the key to success. Trying to lose weight to the model norms, she almost died. Now she does not look at the scales, but simply lives her usual life. Amazan even conducts his seminar, where he teaches to appreciate his inner beauty and be open to love regardless of the form of the body. The model itself even tried it in Hollywood. However, while she is offered mostly negative roles. And in 2013, Eve starred in the mystical drama “Grove of Boligolov.”
Woman – male model.
35-year-old Casey Legler works as a model. The oddity is that she advertises men’s clothes. She has sharp cheekbones and a high height of 185 centimeters, which helps her to work such a model. Talenty Casey evaluated in the men’s department of the prestigious agency Ford Modeling, offering her a contract. The girl grew up in the family of a professional basketball player and herself got a place in the Olympic swimming team. But at 21, she left the sport. Casey for a long time could not find herself – she worked in a supermarket, studied law, medicine, design, and began to work in art. And in 2012 her unusual career began. Cayce’s friend, photographer Cass Byrd, at the last moment invited her to act as a man in the session for the magazine Musé. Pictures were taken to Ford Modeling, and right away the agency offered a contract to a woman, and to work as an exclusively male model. Today she is the only one in the world of fashion, working in this capacity. But before this success was accompanied by Andrei Pezhich, a man who was in demand in the women’s sector.It becomes clear that the world of fashion has become ready to change landmarks. More often in collections there are things “without sex”. Cayce herself claims that we just need to understand that women do not always look feminine. The model is a revolutionary in spirit, adores tattoos and dreams of acting as James Bond.
The model – the owner of the widest hips in the world.
This model certainly does not fit into the classical canons. 39-year-old Mikel Ruffinelli from Los Angeles has the widest hips in the world, their circumference is 244 centimeters. The owner of such magnificent forms is the mother of four children. She always has to squeeze through the doorways every time, and in the plane she sits at once in two places. Even moving Mikel on the truck, so its 182-kilogram body in a conventional car just does not fit. And at home she has especially strong furniture. It is interesting that the height of a woman is only 164 centimeters, so its width is larger than the height. Despite such size, the plus size model is proud of its forms and is not going to lose weight at all. She even ridiculed her, her confidence increased with the new work. Now Mikel is filming for a website showing large and beautiful women. For the photo session, she gets a thousand dollars.
The fashion industry uses a lot of images, but not always ideal and beautiful supermodels are required. Some castings require the presence of some very bizarre people. When this happens, you have to resort to the services of the London agency “Ugly Models”. It specializes precisely in cooperation with people with an unusual, strange and even ugly appearance. As in most other cases, this agency offers girls and guys. But there is also a special section with dwarfs, thugs, bikers, bodybuilders, twins and people with extreme tattoos or piercings. The owners of this establishment say that each person has his own unique beauty. And the agency was opened in 1969. Two photographers decided with the help of him to fill the void between the different facets of fashion. For this purpose, an advertisement was given to the newspaper, in which people with interesting persons were invited to work. Several thousand applications were received immediately. And this was the only time when the company was advertised. The agency quickly filled the niche of ugly people. Today its main customers are Levi’s, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Vogue, Cosmpopolitan and Elle. And the agency’s representatives appeared in the films about Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and James Bond.
72-year-old grandfather, advertising clothes for girls.
In 2012, a picture of this elderly Chinese who advertises outfits for young girls has become a kind of viral advertisement. And it all started with how his granddaughter posted these pictures on his retail website. The joke was reborn in a large-scale advertising store. Liu Xianping, the same Chinese grandfather, became the first elderly man to achieve glory on the Internet, advertising women’s clothing. The 72-year-old man, thanks to his granddaughter, posed in outfits designed specifically for teenage girls. Liu Xianping was not ashamed to pose in pink colors, with ribbons and laces. The very same brand of such powerful advertising served as a great push. It turned out that the model behaves in a relaxed manner in front of the camera, helped the leanness of the Chinese and his long legs. Advertising was noted for millions, and the sales of his granddaughter’s store immediately grew fivefold!
Model without hands.
Lack of hands, as practice shows, is not an obstacle for girls on the way to the catwalk. In the fashion world, there are a lot of stories about how people achieved success without this important part of the body. But if the Dutch model Debbie van der Putten lost her hand during the accident, the Englishwoman Kelly Knox was born without a left forearm. This is due to the syndrome of amniotic constrictions.But the girl was able to win in a special contest “British model-invalid”. A charming model was noted, she participated in the advertising campaigns of such brands as Debenhams, Procter & Gamble, Marie Claire. Kelli herself says that at home it is not customary for her to pronounce the word invalid and she does not feel that way herself. The model became the star of the Chinese edition of Marie Claire, starring in dresses from Lagerfeld and Chanel. In her interview to the publication, Kelly said that she seems imperfect society, where everyone tries to look perfect. But she sees herself as she is. Breakthrough for her was a show for P & G Beauty. When the girl was walking on a huge rotating stage, tears stood in her eyes. Now Kelly Knox participates in many charity events, believing that her participation in the modeling business will change the attitude towards people with physical disabilities.