The modeling world can be an alienating industry when all you see are skinny people with gorgeous bodies and seemingly perfect features. But the industry is changing and moving into the right direction.
These models are not only changing the way society views beauty but also showing us that differences and unique features should be celebrated.
1. Tess Holliday
This plus-size model doesn't pull any punches when it comes to all the criticism she gets on a daily basis. She prefers to stay positive instead.
2. Baddie Winkle
Baddie is the perfect example of an older woman who proves that age just doesn't matter. She is living her best life and being a badass!
3. Kanya Sesser
Talking about badasses, you have met one with Kanya. She was born without legs but that didn't stop her. Her motto is no legs, no limits!
4. Melanie Gaydos
Even having a genetic disorder like ectodermal dysplasia, which prevents your teeth, nails, pores, cartilage, and bones from developing, wouldn't stop this unique fashion model from succeeding.
5. Madeline Stuart
This amazing 22-year-old is only the second woman with down syndrome to walk down the New York Fashion Week runway. And she's not stopping there either. I can't wait to see what she does next.
6. Daphne Selfe
Daphne is the world's oldest supermodel and she's been modeling since 1949. So she's definitely seen it all, and she's a huge proponent of healthy beauty.
7. Nastya Kumarova
This Russian model looks different because of albinism, a condition that makes her skin and hair look very pale. She embraces her uniqueness with gusto.
8. Kelly Knox
This outstanding young model was born without a forearm but refused to be aided by a prosthetic. Now she uses it as an accessory rather than necessity.
9. Jillian Mercado
Jillian proves that a disability shouldn't stop you from pursuing your dreams. This model is able to do her job even though she's in a wheelchair.
10. Lily McMenamy
She may not be your typical model because of her big eyes and lips but Lily was determined to climb to the top of fashion runways anyway.