When you listen to the word model, your brain automatically goes to a certain sexy woman, with a strictly predetermined appearance and body shape. Not unjustly! The identification with these standards is the main direction given by the largest firms around the globe. The movement surrounding them proves to be a difficult task for many women as they attempt not just to enter but make a career in modelling.
And yet: out there are women, who walk the international catwalks and photographed, far from what any designer would consider ideal. Giving an example and many times life lessons to many people out there. They are many, they are special and they deserve your attention in an industry where the image is everything.
The most special mutilated model
Kelly Knox didn’t lose her left hand in some scary accident. She was just born and learned to live without it, like 1% of newborns worldwide. Her striking outward appearance did not negate her physical disability, which made every hope for a career in modelling an illusory dream.
In 2008 she took part in Britain’s Missing Top Model and in contrary to every expectation, she won the first place. Her victory is bringing her business propositions one after the other. At the age of 28, Kelly works as a model for world-run brands like Adidas, Marks & Spencer and Debenhams!
The life lesson she wants to give? Do not give up and do not think any bodily defect can stop your view towards your dream. I just pushed it aside…
The most special model with muscular dystrophy
Jillian Mercado worked as a journalist. Diagnosed with spastic muscular Dystrophy Syndrome, she has been using a wheelchair since she was 5. Her dream as a young girl was to become a model. One day, she was informed about an international casting of new persons that would be carried out by the Colossus of Diesel.
Just for fun, she sent her CV, and pictures of her. You consider her surprise, when a few days later, she received an email from the company! They asked her to be the central face of their campaign, and even without being asked to cover her physical weakness under any Photoshop.
The rest is history: Jillian has signed a multi-annual contract of exclusive co-operation with Diesel, her campaigns are starring in the biggest fashion magazines in the world and she is one of the most hot names in the field. Just like that…
The most special woman who works as a male Model
The Casey Legler, 35 years old, was not like the rest of the girls in her age. With male characteristics and a height of 1.92 she dealt early with basketball. In a game, she was discovered by an agent, who invited her to New York for castings.
The companies were thrilled with her characteristics and choose her for their jobs, but as… a Male model! Casey has taken part in over 50 campaigns for Calvin Klein, D&G, Salvatore Ferragamo and walk catwalks as a boy!
The most special overweight Super Model
Marquita Pring is the leader of a movement that women with several extra pounds, closer to the middle woman standards take part in fashion. She is the most well-paid oversized model. She weighs 102 pounds, and she has never been on a diet.
Her cashier is over $20,000 per photo shoot and she has taken part in fashion shows from Shanghai to Milan, and from New York to Paris, for the biggest Houses worldwide.
What’s the secret to her success?
“Emphasize your unique characteristics, those that are not found anywhere else. These make you irresistible.”
The most special albinos Model
The albino is a category of people whose skin is subjected to a gradual degeneration of the constituent cells. The dominance of white blood cells in the bloodstream makes them look like cutaneous skin.
Although it is a serious syndrome, it does not pose a risk of life. Since it does not develop into vitiligo, it still isn’t an ideal match, for any girl who would like to deal with the fashion field.
Diandra Forest is once again the exception. Conquering the 2nd place in the America’s Next Top Model, and being a personal choice of Tyra Banks, to accompany her to the next dephilé. Diandra has launched a stunning international career, with her white skin being her trademark. In fact, no one has so far ask her to be painted to look more natural.
The most special Transsexual Super Model
Lea T was born 33 years ago as a boy. From the first moment she felt trapped in a body that did not belong to her and proclaimed her sexual identity, having been a target until the teenage years of extreme attacks and naked bullying for her particularity. Gradually preparing her transition to the female gender, she began working as a model in small fashion houses, while sending books and her work around the world.
After completing all the surgeries required, Lea liberated has began a brilliant career in fashion, as a normal woman. Her CV already counts collaborations with American Vogue, Jean Paul Gaultier, the Dsquared. She has a three-year contract with Givenchy, to promote all its products around the world. Not bad at all…