This piece was written by Yvie McCormick, who is currently carrying out work experience at sobananapenguin.
You can't deny that the modelling industry is changing; although the changes may be slow, they are definitely there. Today as a society we are more accepting of all aspects of life, and it is a good thing that the views and attitudes of the modelling world is changing with the times.
Just recently, top worldwide modelling agency IMG signed one of their first plus size models, Ashley Graham. Since then her career has really taken off; appearing alongside models like Karlie Kloss, a Victoria Secret angel, she's been on the front of Elle Quebec and done a lingerie shoot for Vogue. Ashley Graham really proves that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and shows how this cutthroat industry is moving away from the size 00 models as they become more accepting of larger figures.
The modelling industry’s definition of beauty is changing. What some would see as imperfections are now defining people for all the right reasons and not singling them out for the wrong reasons. Chantelle Brown-Young is a perfect example, as she hasn't let her vitiligo stop her from achieving her dreams of conquering the modelling industry. Vitiligo causes her to have depigmentation of the skin, mainly on her upper body and around the mouth. Chantelle, who also goes by the name Winnie Harlow, first appeared on America's Next Top Model's 21st cycle. Since then she has appeared in the autumn/winter campaign of Desigual, who chose her specially for her skin colouring as she fitted their look perfectly. She also landed work for SHOWstudio, thus demonstrating how your differences make you who you are and don't stop you from achieving what you want in life.
It is a well-known fact that a model’s working life is limited to a certain number of years. By your late twenties you are usually coming to the end of your modelling career. However, there is one model that has broken all the rules when it comes to age: 83-year-old Carmen Dell'Orefice. She has been modelling for nearly 70 years, taking the front cover of Vogue at the age of 16 and recently featuring in V Magazine, Vogue Italia, Harper's Bazaar and Vanity Fair, proving to the world that age is just a number and that true beauty knows no limits.