Model Behavior is an A Plus series featuring fashion models who promote body positivity, and work to create inclusivity and diversity within the industry by expanding our definition of conventional beauty.
Gone are the days when models were strictly known for looking pretty in photographs and walking runways. Now, some are thankfully stepping forward to show they aren't just beautiful faces, but beautiful people, working to make the fashion industry, as well as the world, a more welcoming place.
They are doing this by sending powerful messages about the importance of diversity and body positivity within the industry. To change the face (and body) of the fashion world, they are promoting such ideas by using their high profiles and large social media followings to create movements, broadening the definition of beauty.
Take a look at the models who are helping to make the fashion industry a more diverse and inclusive place:
1. Iskra Lawrence
2. Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham is a promoter of self-love. In addition to appearing in Lane Bryant's #ImNoAngel campaign, and being the first plus-size model in Sports Illustrated, she has been outspoken about loving yourself and seeing more diverse bodies in the media. Graham frequently uploads body positive posts on social media and encourages others to do the same.
3. Nicola Griffin
Nicola Griffin started modeling at the age of 53. She has gone on to model for Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue and she joined the Swimsuitsforall positive #MySwimsuitBody campaign. She has discussed how the fashion industry was focused on young and thin models, but now she is part of a movement to increase diversity, especially when it comes to age.
4. Barbie Ferreira
Barbie Ferreira has spoken out in interviews about how we should all stop hating ourselves and embrace self-love. She has addressed how society often promotes one specific beauty ideal, and we need to get away from that, and learn to love who we are.
5. Denise Bidot
Denise Bidot has long been an advocate of body acceptance. She has walked the runway and starred in multiple campaigns for plus-size brands. Bidot recently launched the "No Wrong Way to Be a Woman" campaign which encourages women of all shapes, sizes, abilities, ages, and ethnicities to love themselves.
6. Del Keens
Model Del Keens is changing the fashion industry for both men and women, in front of the camera and behind the scenes. He signed to character model agency, Ugly Models, and worked with high profile brands. When he moved to Germany, he noticed there was no similar agency, so he created his own, called Misfit Models. The agency represents a wide variety of people who don't fit one definition of beauty.
7. Tess Holliday
Tess Holliday has broken down barriers for her ad campaigns and magazine covers. However, she takes things a step further with her "Eff Your Beauty Standards" campaign. The movement says that hate and body shaming will not be tolerated. Instead, it encourages body love.
8. Agnes Hedengård
Agnes Hedengård made waves when she spoke out about being "too big" to be a straight-size model, despite being naturally slim. She posted a video to show the ridiculous standards in the industry and encouraged everyone to not change who they are.