...and the cool mirror selfie

With social media today, our appearances
and smallest of details are always on the
spotlight-

 

complexion is the first impression.

Look at the big models right now. Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Ashley Graham to name a few. Of those three, all were wanted for more than just their great runway walk.Kendall originates from the infamous Kardashian hierarchy.

If it wasn’t for her close relationship to sister Kim, Kendall may not have been as successful. As Kendall admits to Vogue, “Obviously, my success came after my sisters’—I got to see all of their mistakes and watch out for them.”

Despite her family ties, Gigi Hadid was wanted for more than just her relation to mother Yolanda Foster. Gigi has a different look,a better healthier look and a weight that not hadn’t graced many runways yet. Instead of a visible rib cage she had strong abs and a slightly “fuller face.” Gigi’s the all-American model that we needed ,she’d much rather relax at home than partying it up in New York City ,she’d rather go to the gym than skip a meal. “Eat clean. Stay fit. And eat a burger to stay sane,” she celebrates saying.

If it weren’t for Gigi Hadid, model Ashley Graham would probably not be as well known as she is now,modeling as plus size since 2001, Ashley Graham made her name known after covering this year’s issue of Sport’s Illustrated. Soon enough Ashley was signed with Hadid’s agency, IMG models, starred in DNCE’s new music video, and on Chelsea Handler’s show. With the platform she’s been given, Ashley has devoted all of her work to improve the idea of larger women ,she even dismissed the title “plus-size model” by saying “I think when we start putting a label on the type of woman it gets misconstrued and  offends people. At the end of the day we just all want to be known as women or models or actresses or whatever.”

Women of today want to relate to these models as girls, not just as an untouchable fantasy of the fashion industry nor it's lies that this empire is built on.So why are brands dismissing what’s good? The models are being distorted, to match an image that doesn’t represent them. 

Women of today want to relate to these models as girls, not just as an untouchable fantasy of the fashion industry nor it's lies that this empire is built on.So why are brands dismissing what’s good? The models are being distorted, to match an image that doesn’t represent them. 

As a model myself I have no standout figure but I do think that my hair and freckles make me stand out just a bit more,ever since I was little I’ve had a ton of freckles on my face- along my cheeks and nose, I never hated them,for me they were tiny stars that turned my face into the night sky. My hair is a different story,for the longest time I hated my curly hair because it was difficult to manage, all the other girls had straight hair, after doing numerous treatments to fix it, I started however to appreciate it a lot more. I no longer felt the need to blend in, when it comes to castings I stood out a bit, which landed me more jobs. I was just more noticeable.

I remember the clear idea that I wanted for my first portfolio shoots, I thought it would be a good start to celebrate self-confidence in front of the camera with no make-up on instead of going through a dramatic change but with time and a few errors I understood that the works of certain creatives(photographers,stylists) made me look different than what i truly am but i what i realized was that the glossy, photoshopped look was just his “thing but for a period of time I failed to think of myself as beautiful, I went on the assumption that I was just so ugly, even a crappy photo shop job was better than my natural self, It was awful to see someone change my face to fit their standards. 

Us models are so much more than an edited waist, looks alone don't build character. Companies and designers have started to adapt to this dynamic change and along with the help of social media, we can get back to teaching girls more about confidence and less about fitting into a perfect mold .

So get past the perfect model and look through the real girl behind the make up.

Who is she? And what does she have to say? 

 

Written by Alex knies

Edited by #GIRL