The world is changing around us and so is fashion. Beauty is being perceived entirely different today and many women are breaking from stereotypes to redefine beauty. Here are 10 incredible women who have overcome hardships, both physical and mental, to change the way world views woman and beauty.
1. Tess Holiday
Tess Holiday is a true inspiration for every girl growing up being bullied. Tess was overweight and was bullied for it throughout her high school but it did not stop her from pursuing her dream. She pursued her dream of being a model and today is one of most successful models in the industry. She is the first size 22 model to be signed by a big modeling agency. Her social media campaign #EffYourBeautyStandards has become wildly successful and garnered her lot of love and adoration from the public.
2. Rain Dove
An androgynous lesbian model, Rain Dove models for both men and women’s wear with panache. She believes that empowering women isn’t about women stepping into men’s roles and shows it with her work.
3. Jamie Brewer
If you are suffering from Down’s Syndrome, the world doesn’t give you much a chance to succeed. Well, it does not matter what the world does or doesn’t do. If you want to succeed, you will. A true example of this is Jamie Brewer. She is the first woman with Down’s Syndrome to walk the ramp. Part of Carrie Hammer’s campaign, “Role Models Not Runway Models,” Brewer has also appeared in popular TV shows such as American Horror Story and Glee.
4. Jillian Mercado
Jillian Mercado, a muscular dystrophy survivor, has overcome her physical condition and limitations to become a model for some of the biggest brands on the planet such as Diesel and Nordstrom. Even though her body is limited by her physical disability, leaving her dependent on a wheelchair to get around, her spirit is free and limitless. She is strikingly beautiful and an inspiration to all of us.
5. Denise Bidot
It was not until 2014 that New York Fashion Week got its first plus-sized model walking the runway and it was Denise Bidot. Having appeared on numerous campaigns, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, Forever 21, and Target, Bidot is now a spokesperson of campaign “Curves,” which is aimed at spreading positive body image among women.
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