For years, the fashion industry has been saturated with stigmas and stereotypes; female models were expected to look a certain type of way. The incredibly thin frame and long legs was considered the perfect appearance. But, that meant every other style of beauty was neglected, and the fashion industry started to become an unhealthy environment.
On a positive note, changes have started to be made in recent times. Those with unique physical traits, disabilities and ‘different’ appearances are now being celebrated more for their beauty. At the last London Fashion Week, diversity was rife. Lucy Todd covered the whole event and composed a wonderful article which was posted on the BBC News website.
Having witnessed the Fashion Week first-hand, it was amazing to see so many individuals having the confidence to step on the catwalk and feel like they belonged there.
Moreover, it was refreshing to see the event capture the interest of the mainstream media, which is a huge step in the right direction.
Respected people from within the industry also acknowledged and welcomed the changes that were occurring in the industry. Kate Moss said, “There’s so many different sizes and colours and heights. Why would you just be a one-size model and represent all of these people?” I completely agree with those comments, because beauty shouldn’t be restricted to one category.
Legendary designer Steven Tai was one of those that strived to have an impact by deliberately choosing models that had noticeable skin blemishes or physical disfigurements. However, like Todd’s article discussed, the UK scene is still miles behind the US. New York has been promoting diversity for a while, and actively utilize models of different shapes, sizes and appearances much more frequently than the UK.
I’m proud to say that I was included in the article, which I have to thank Caryn Franklin for. It was great to be at Fashion’s Finest once more and it was made much better being able to wear a stunning collection by Louise Clark.
From a personal standpoint, the event was magnificent, and it truly feels like major change is going to happen in the industry. Oh, and it’s crazy to be featured in the article alongside the one and only – Victoria Beckham!
Check out the article on BBC News if you have a spare couple of minutes.
“If you don’t show people in a wheelchair or disabled people in magazines, it’s like we don’t exist,” she says. “A few years ago it was the same for black people, or gay people. It’s the right thing to do to show all different types of people. Sam