Cara Delevingne part of a slew of unlikely high fashion models
The New York Times recently declared it the season of the quirky model.
“It girl” of the moment Cara Delevingne sports full, bushy brows and self-deprecating, goofy Instagrams to match. She also suffers from psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that often results in splotchy red patches on the skin. A recent flare-up served as an accessory to a red Versace gown during Milan Fashion Week in February 2013.
“It only happened during Fashion Week!” Delevingne told W Magazine.
“Which is, of course, the worst time of the year for me to be covered in scabs. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, and I’m sensitive. Kate (Moss) saw me before the Louis Vuitton show at 3 a.m., when I was being painted by people to cover the scabs.”
Meanwhile, Lindsey Wixson with her “bee-stung lips” and gap teeth glided down the runway for top designers Rebecca Minkoff and Zac Posen, among others, during New York Fashion Week.
Ukrainian model Masha Tyelna’s otherworldly eyes pierce the cameras, while Andrej Pejic continues to push limits with crossover between menswear and womenswear. Charlotte Free rocks pink hair, while Saskia de Brauw sports a short, grunge haircut — and challenges the notion that models must be in their late teens by continuing to work at age 32.
Some argue there isn’t enough racial diversity in modeling, such as model-turned-activist Bethann Hardison, who sent a memo to Fashion Week organizers on behalf of the Diversity Coalition, an advocacy group that champions diversity on the runway.
“Eyes are on an industry that season after season watches fashion design houses consistently use one or no models of color,” Hardison wrote to the Council of Fashion Designers of America, as well as to the British Fashion Council and the governing fashion week bodies for Paris and Milan.
“No matter the intention, the result is racism,” she continues; the memo went on to call out specific designers who featured zero or only a couple of black models during their last season.
According to Noah Shelley and Angus Munro, two of the most influential casting directors during New York Fashion Week, one part of casting is a designer’s aesthetic: Does it make sense to put a rock ‘n’ roll girl in a romantic gown?
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