Fashion’s First Ladies

by MYA GREEN

Three models are giving the fashion world a strut for their money. In order words, they’re becoming the faces of a new trend that has been lacking in fashion for years now: self-love.

Denise Bidot was the first plus-sized model to open and close a “straight-sized” fashion show in New York Fashion Week last year. She has been featured in ads for Target, Levis, and Forever 21 Plus. She told Cosmopolitan magazine that it was “…about time we represent all women on the catwalk.”

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Winnie Harlow, a Canadian born model with vitiligo, which is a hormonal disease that causes depigmentation of the skin, has taken the fashion world by the horns and has yet to let go. She has graced the runways of many designers and was featured in Diesel’s most recent ad campaign and an ad for the Spanish brand Desigual. (And she’s friends with Drake, so she’s cool in our books.)

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Both of these women have begun movements for the groups of people they represent. They have taken on the role of being a human face for the issues that accompany the adversity they face everyday by choosing to be models.

Well this year, another woman can rightfully join Denise and Winnie in their fight – meet Andreja Pejic.

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Andreja recently came out to the world as a transgender model and although her former self, Andrej had a very successful runway career as an androgynous male model, Andreja is ready to start her carreer. She described to Style.com what growing up with gender dysmorphia was like:

“I figured out who I was very early on—actually, at the age of 13, with the help of the Internet—so I knew that a transition, becoming a woman, was always something I needed to do.”

The 23-year-old Australian model has opened up to many magazines on what it’s like to finally be comfortable in her own skin. Here’s what she told Style.com:

“I think from my teenage years, when I decided I needed to express my femininity, I was happy with the way I looked. But SRS is kind of the last part—it’s sort of the icing on the cake. It makes me feel freer than ever. Now I can stand naked in front of a mirror and really enjoy my reflection. And those personal moments are important.”

Andreja will be featured on the May 2015 issue of Vogue. She is the FIRST transgendered model to be profiled by American vogue in the history of the company.

She will also be the face of the campaign for Make Up Forever later this year, making her the first transgender model to book a major beauty contract.

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The fashion world seems to finally be getting on board with the idea of inclusiveness because lets be real…exclusivity was never really in style. Brava ladies!

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