Monday May 21st, 2012 by Megan Crossley
After Girl’s Week last week at modelmanagement.com, we thought we would take a look at the changing faces of the model industry and how there are constant opportunities for female models no matter about shape, size, age, or race!
Way back in the 60’s when a short girl with big eyes and a tiny frame (which awarded her the nickname “Twiggy”) stumbled onto the fashion scene, she changed the way working models looked. Some years after, in 1988, a long-legged beauty named Naomi Campbell bought black models onto the fashion scene again and became the first ever black model to appear on the cover of French Vogue. She became one of the biggest supermodels of the 80’s alongside other curvacious and beautiful women such as Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford. However, in the 90’s came along a 14-year old called Kate who bought a different shape and style to models we once knew.
Let have a look at some of the most diverse models painting pages of our magazines today…
The Shorter Model
Whilst most models nowadays tower over us all at 175cm, models like Kate Moss (170cm) and Devon Aoki (who has been called “The World’s Shortest Supermodel” at 168cm) prove that it can be done if you’re a little bit on the short side!
The Plus-size Model
It’s always controversial to use the term “plus-size” but models with curves have been making a comeback for some time now. Vogue Italia even have a whole section on their website dedicated to curvy models.
Whilst the majority of designers still use slender women on catwalks, plus-size models are appearing more and more frequently in magazines and on catwalks.
Plus-size model Crystal Renn has publicly battled with her weight gain and loss in the last couple of years.
The Androgynous Model
Here I want to distinguish the difference between the androgynous female model and the transgender model, both of which are key players in today’s fashion industry.
On one hand, take stunning male model Andrej Pejic who is effortlessly feminine, and models both male and female catwalks.
And on the other, we have female models such as Agyness Deyn, Freja Beha, and Erin O’Connor who are known for their androgynous, almost tomboyish look.
The Older Model
Supermodel Claudia Schiffer recently made an appearance in Guess Jeans’ ad. campaign 23 years after her first. We think she looked hotter than ever and proved that you don’t have to be a teen to still have what it takes!
Though Claudia Schiffer isn’t quite yet ‘old-aged’… Model Daphne Selfe didn’t get her modelling break until she was aged 70! Now 82 she is known as the world’s oldest model!
The Black Model
The history of black models has always faced some controvery and at one stage the fashion world an unfriendly place for black models. Naomi Campbell, one of the most famous black supermodels, thanks fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent for her boosting successful career, and also for standing up for black models in the industry.
Model Jourdan Dunn became the first black model to walk for Prada since Naomi Campbell in 1997, and has been applauded for her strong-minded and truthful views on black models: “London’s not a white city, so why should our catwalks be so white?”
The Quirky-Looking Model
Hate the gap in between your teeth? Teased about your red hair at school? Well, some of the biggest names around at the moment are quirky and cool and it seems like fashion industry can’t get enough of them! To be honest, neither can we…
You don’t have to be conventionally beautiful to make it big in this day & age!
So models, whether you’re conventionally beautiful or weird and wonderful, tall and lean or short and curvy, modelmanagement.com welcome you to our international network!