Consider this a PSA to fashion designers: we need more color, curves and curly hair representation! In the meantime, these models are on our radar.We’re not here for the cookie cutter model look. While some progress has been made in the way of diversity, there’s still a lot more work to do.
Consider this a PSA to fashion designers: we need more color, curves and curly hair representation! In the meantime, take a look at some of the natural NYFW models making a name for themselves on the runway (and in our hearts).
Herieth is more than just a pretty face and she has Tom Ford, Diane von Furstenberg, and Armani runway shows under her belt to prove it. The Tanzanian model is a Maybelline New York Global Spokesmodel who also works closely with orphanages in Tanzania.
When it comes to unusual model backstories, Londone’s takes the cake. She was actually discovered by the doctor mentoring her while studying as an autopsy technician. She’s modeled for Kanye and even has an exclusivity with Saint Laurent.
Lanvin and Givenchy are only a few high profile gigs on the Angolan model’s resume. Amilna won the Elite Model Look contest back in 2013 when she was only 14 years old, the rest is history.
Jamaican model Alicia Burke is a girl after our own hearts. Why? Because she loves a trusty drugstore buy just as much as we do. Some of her favorite products include Cetaphil cleanser and Eos Lip Balm.
You may recognize Afrodita from the runways of Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, and Stella McCartney. Her model role models include Binx Walton and Tyra Banks.
To say Selena is determined is an understatement. (She actually removed her own braces to land her first gig.) After that came Proenza Schouler, Chanel, DKNY, and more.
Lily spends her off-duty time as a youth leader at her church and hopes to have a career that incorporates humanitarianism, much like her idol Liya Kebede.
Who have you had your eye on this fashion week season?
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We hope that new guidelines instated by The Council of Fashion Designers of America will help bring much-needed diversity to this space, and if not we'll continue to be vocal across all of our social platforms about the importance of representation.