Who are the ‘nodels’ stealing the limelight on the catwalks?

by Mariangela Celiberti - 2015.09.29
Who are the ‘nodels’ stealing the limelight on the catwalks?
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After the era of the thin, immaculate supermodel, we are officially entering the era of the 'nodel' or the 'non-model'. A few extra pounds and disabilities are no longer taboo on the catwalk. Of course, Adriana Lima and her friends haven't retired quite yet and they turn men's heads as much as ever. But alongside them, in the big fashion shows in London and New York in recent weeks, there are ordinary, girl-next-door models. They don't stand out, as in the past, solely because of a perfect physique and tiny waist. One example is Candice Huffine, one of the world's most popular ‘curvy models' (UK size 14 and upwards), who is now star of the ultra-glamorous Pirelli calendar.

And what about Leslie-Irby Peoples, beautiful and much sought after by designers although she uses a wheelchair? Or Rebekah Marine who, despite being born without a right forearm, has walked catwalks all over the world and earned the nickname 'bionic model'? Not to mention Madeline Stuart, the 18-year-old with Down's syndrome and nearly half a million supporters on her Facebook page, who made her debut in the world of fashion a few days ago at New York Fashion Week. From the Big Apple to London, the same revolution is taking place. Paralympic athlete Stefanie Reid was the star of London Fashion Week, becoming the first top British model with a prosthetic leg.

The truth is that nowadays, fashion isn't only aimed at cool jet set customers but at a much broader market. Today's consumers can be reach via the Internet and the models represent and reflect a cross-section of these consumers, who were until recently marginalised because they are different.

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