7-year-old double amputee makes modeling debut

This young model is jumping into the hearts of thousands.

According to Yahoo, Daisy-May Demetre was born with “underdeveloped fibular bones in both legs,” causing her parents to decide at an early age that she “have both legs amputated below the knee.” Now 7 years old, the Birmingham, England native has prosthetic legs, a passion for gymnastics and a modeling contract with British brand River Island.

Before winning her modeling contract, Demetre first strut her stuff down the runway at London Fashion Week, says Yahoo, eventually landing a contract with Zebedee Management, an “agency that specializes in disability-inclusive models.”

While River Island says Demetre’s energetic personality embodies their brand, her father Alex told London’s Times that his daughter’s purpose is much bigger than this one campaign.

“My original statement, which I stick by now, is that she will be the most influential [and] inspiring double amputee to have lived, ” he said. “The support we get through Instagram from other disabled and non-disabled people is what we are about — helping to put smiles on faces and inspire people to push and follow their dreams.”

Model walks SI Swim red carpet while breastfeeding

Walking in a fashion show is a big deal for any model, but for one, it was statement-making moment.

According to Glamour, model Mara Martin was one of 16 finalists chosen to participate in a Sports Illustrated swimwear fashion show during Miami Swim Week, and when she graced the catwalk, she did so while breastfeeding her 5-month-old son.

Wearing a gold one-shouldered bikini for her trip down the runwayGlamour says she toted her diaper-clad son in her arms while he was sporting noise-cancelling headphones.

Martin later took to Instagram to share the reaction she’s received to her groundbreaking runway appearance, posting a screenshot of a Daily Mail article and writing that the whole experience has been “amazing.”

“Words can’t even describe how amazing I feel after being picked to walk the runway for @si_swimsuit,” she wrote, according to Glamour. “Anyone who knows me, knows it has been a life long dream of mine. I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day. It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL!”

 

Model makes history closing Chanel Haute Couture show

Imagine if a single walk could make history — for one model, it did.

According to ELLE, Sudanese model Adut Akech Bior made history as the second black model ever to close out a Chanel Couture Show after she was hand-selected by creative director Karl Lagerfeld to close out the fashion house’s Fall 2018 show in Paris.  Dressed in a ” mint green two-piece tweed suit featuring a foliage pattern, embellished with sequins on the front of the jacket and along the sides of the skirt,” ELLE says Bior became the second only to fellow Sudanese model Alek Wek, who accomplished the feat in 2004.

Taking to Instagram to share some photos of her historic walk, ELLE says Bior expressed her gratitude for the opportunity — and for the chance to see her dreams come true right before her eyes.

“Cannot believe I just made history by being Chanel’s second black couture bride, this is one of my most proudest achievement!!! @karllagerfeld @amandaharlech@aurelieduclos and the whole Chanel team thank you so much from the deepest bottom of my heart for once again believing in me,” she wrote. “It was a life time honour being the chosen bride to close your beautiful show in the MOST breathtaking dress I have ever seen in my life. This was just a special moment that I will always remember and cherish for as long as I live.”

 

 

McGrady debuts new swim collection

If affordable, size-inclusive swimwear has been at the top of your shopping list for a while, a new line is waiting in the wings (or waves?) to deliver all of that and more.

According to Glamour, model now-known for her feature in Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit issue Hunter McGrady has just designed and launched her own swimsuit collection that keeps size, style and price in mind. Collaborating with U.K. swim and lingerie brand Playful PromisesGlamour says the 10-piece capsule collection was born of the model’s own desire to find trendy, yet size-inclusive swimsuits.

“I’ve never been able to walk in somewhere and absolutely love every single piece,” McGrady told Glamour. “I feel like that’s such a big misconception: that because we have a bigger, curvier body, we should be covered up. I wanted to be sexy and I wanted to feel like I could go out and wear what my size 2, 4, 6, 8 girlfriends were wearing.”

Thus, McGrady’s collection features silhouettes ranging from off-the-shoulder bikinis to cut-out one-pieces and comes in a size range of 12 to 20, says Glamour, even making sure for there to be healthy selection of styles to suite a variety of tastes. Did we also mention that all styles are priced under $75?

Also adding to the collection’s uniqueness is that each piece was fitted on a range of curvy models to ensure the best fit possible on diverse body sizes, reports Glamour, not to mention that they come with features like a powered mesh front-lining on one pieces and a sew-in shelf for comfortable bust support.

With a host swimsuits sure to make wearers of all sizes comfortable in their own skin, McGrady told Glamour that she is ready to see how her swim styles change the swim game for women this summer and beyond:

“I have so many beautiful women in my life who are a size 14 and above who are strong and empowering and wonderful women, who own their bodies and who are sexy,” she said. “And you know what? I want to see a beach full of size 14, 16, 18, 20 and above running around [in this collection]. We should be embracing our beautiful bodies as they are.”

Ready to shop the line? Click here.

Models team up to stop sexual harassment in fashion industry

A new program created by a group of 100 models demands respect — literally.

According to Cosmopolitanthe mass of models banded together at the recent Copenhagen Fashion Summit in Denmark to announce their new Respect program, which “aims to end sexual harassment in the fashion industry.”

Led by Model Alliance founder Sara ZiffCosmo reports that the program “asks brands, modeling agencies, and media outlets to sign a contract to protect models,” with the idea being that a legally-binding contract will allow models to file formal complaints, protect them from retaliation and secure an independent investigation into their complaints.

“The program establishes an orderly and fair process for addressing charges of abuse. It provides comprehensive training and education to models and all industry participants,” Ziff said in an interview with WWD, according to Cosmo. “This system benefits models, photographers and other service providers, and every company that wants to do the right thing. The only people who don’t benefit are the harassers themselves.”

Among the models who signed an open letter encouraging brands to join the program are Karen Elson, Doutzen Kroes and Milla Jovovich. While this new initiative aims at greater protections for models, it is not the first to take aim at such measures; Cosmo says the Model Alliance partnered last year with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to provide private changing areas for models.

This program, however, seeks to stand on the shoulders of previous work — and Cosmo says Ziff is heartened by what she’s seen so far.

“I think everyone is very aware of the problems in our industry and others and now we finally are able to move towards solutions.”

CoverGirl ad features their first model with vitiligo

As part of CoverGirl’s new #IAmWhatIMakeUp campaign, the global beauty brand has released a new ad featuring their first model with vitiligo, a disease in which the skin loses its natural pigmentation.

According to Cosmopolitan, model Amy Deanna takes centerstage in the new ad, which is part of a larger campaign that “celebrates the power to be who you are and who you want to be.” As she applies the brand’s truBlend foundation in two different shades, Cosmo says Deanna poses the question, “Why try to blend in when you can choose to stand out?”

Deanna seemed to answer her own question when discussing her new ad spot with People, offering that standing out in partnership with CoverGirl gives her a chance to represent often underrepresented depictions of beauty.

“Inclusivity is important—not just for people of different backgrounds and ethnicities, but also people of all sizes,” she told People. “That’s why I was so excited to partner with CoverGirl on this project. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, etc. Let’s face it, together we are a mosaic—that in itself is beautiful. We should celebrate that.”

And for Deanna, inclusivity is not just about celebrating differences, but also challenging the norms to make room for others.

“I believe that inclusiveness will challenge unrealistic beauty standards within the beauty industry and in humanity,” she explained to People. “I remember seeing Queen Latifah on TV as a CoverGirl when I was young. That was so inspiring. I can’t express how excited I am to say, I too have had the opportunity to work with CoverGirl.”

And we can’t say how excited we are to see her in this campaign!

Graham gets big beauty contract

Ashley Graham is coming to makeup ads near you.

According to Fashionista, the body-positive super model has signed on to participate in Revlon’s “Live Boldly” campaign, joining the likes of actor Gal Gadot and fellow models  Adwoa Aboah, Imaan Hammam and Raquel Zimmerman. In speaking to WWD, Graham showed that she isn’t afraid to admit how excited she is to participate in such a “groundbreaking” campaign.

“Historically, curvy girls are not given beauty contacts,” Graham saidFashionista reports. “It’s kind of groundbreaking, because in my generation of models, this hasn’t happened yet. This is one of those moments where I’m over the moon, I cried a little.”

Joining a campaign that Fashionista says Graham wanted to join the moment she heard the name, the model and author said that the campaign’s theme is in perfect harmony with her personal motto.

“To ‘live boldly” is the mantra of my life. Every day in the mirror I say to myself, ‘I am bold, I am brilliant, I am beautiful,’ and together with Revlon, we can inspire all women to do the same.”

 

Wasley injects body diversity to ‘SI Swim’

The words “body diversity” were never really associated with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, but thanks to increased efforts to portray all kinds of beauty, things are beginning to change.

Adding even more body diversity to this year’s edition is model Kate Wasley, a body-positivity advocate who, along with her friend and fellow model Georgia Gibbs, created the Any BODY movement to equally celebrate women of all sizes, according to PopSugar. 23-year-old Wasley is known just as much for her curves as she is for her sense of humor — and truth bombs — about beauty, says PopSugar, including her gem on bikini bodies:

“Got a bikini? Got a body? You got yourself that bikini body.”

Both Wasley and Gibbs will make their SI Swim debut when the magazine drops next month, says PopSugar, offering a double-dose of inspiring body positivity and diversity.

Eloquii and Holliday collaborate on ‘noir’ campaign

Tess Holliday is killing the game yet again, this time fronting a brand-new campaign for extended-size brand Eloquii.

According to InStyle, the author-model-activist teamed up with Eloquii to star in the ad campaign for their latest Noir Collection, all 11-piece capsule collection that “comes just in time for holiday dressing, thanks to the collection’s lineup of stunning evening gowns, cocktail dresses, and jumpsuits.”

Shot in Paris, the campaign is just as glamorous as Holliday is, who is showing off clothing part of Eloquii’s Black Tie Collection, says InStyle, which is their an eveningwear line that features pieces crafted with intricate bead work and luxurious materials.

As far as price, InStyle says the line costs a bit more than typical Eloquii pieces, but offers that the cost is worth the glamour, considering these are “investment pieces” that will stand the test of time and offer endless style year after year.

Ready to shop the collection? Click here.

Turner transforms negative perceptions into body-positive pride

When model Sophie Turner saw behind-the-scenes photos of herself from a photoshoot, the first thing she noticed was her cellulite.

“I felt disgusting,” she told People magazine. But the 22-year-old decided that her cellulite — something she had since age 12 — would no longer hold such power in her life.

“It’s something I’ve grown up with, so I thought, why should I be ashamed of it when over 90 percent of women have it?” she explained to People. “Why shouldn’t we embrace it?”

And embrace it she did. According to People, Turner decided to post the photo on Instagram in an attempt to help other women see the beauty in their own bodies. And after receiving almost 16,000 likes on the photo, it seems like she accomplished her mission.

“It’s so amazing knowing I’ve helped other women, and it makes me so happy having women who support me and want to love themselves more,” she said. “I think it’s important to love yourself.”

Amen to that, Sophie.