The fashion industry has very strict aesthetic standards that make many women give up modeling careers. But what we must never forget is that models are as human as any of us, and they also have peculiar aspects and details that could be considered physical imperfections. Some professional models try to hide these ‘defects’, which can be very tricky.
We found some women who work or worked in the world of fashion and who have their own secrets related to the physical appearance. The interesting thing is that these peculiarities were never an obstacle for them to get very far in their careers. Check it out right now and see how we all must learn to value our differences, regardless of what the fashion industry tries to impose on us.
1. Cara Delevingne
This popular model suffers from psoriasis, a non-contagious skin condition that tends to get worse during times of stress and overwork. Even when she was in a good period of her life, she had to face serious problems and uncomfortable situations where some people were afraid to touch her. As Cara explained, psoriasis made her hate her body for a long time.
2. Lara Stone
This Dutch model’s business card is the space between her front teeth. Lara doesn’t seem to have complexes about this ‘imperfection’. She said that what bothers her the most is the small size of her feet, especially compared to other models. She claims that shoes are often too baggy on the runways.
3. Elle Macpherson
The famous Australian supermodel, nicknamed ‘The Body’, wears a size 42, a size that doesn’t seem exaggerated given that she measures 1.83 in height. However, she almost always finds people who want to talk about the shape of her feet. But don’t think this is a big deal; she doesn’t hide her imperfections. In fact, Elle does the opposite: she posts photos of her feet in the foreground on social media.
4. Laura O’Grady
Laura O’Grady was considered one of the most unique contemporary models in the world and her extra ears served as an inspiration for many fashion designers for a long time. Laura admitted that she always had complexes about them, but it was the fashion world that helped the acceptance process. As it turns out, some recent photos on social media don’t seem to confirm this story.
They say the neck is what reveals a person’s age, but when we look at this fashion legend, it’s hard to believe we’re looking at a 63-year-old woman. It was precisely the long neck, when she was still 18 years old and living in Nairobi, Kenya, that captivated the famous photographer Peter Bird, the man who helped her reach fame.
6. Kristy Hinze
Kristy Hinze has a pretty prominent nose by fashion industry standards. But that didn’t stop her from becoming the youngest model in history to appear on the cover of Australian Vogue. In addition, she worked for Sports Illustrated, appeared in the Victoria’s Secret catalog and built a beautiful career as an actress and television presenter.
7. Naomi Campbell
A few years ago, the famous model had to deal with alopecia, hair loss as a result of the abuse of hairstyles that pulled her hair too much. This problem disappeared little by little, but the model says that nowadays wigs are no longer a surprise to anyone and that if she needs to wear them she will do so and she doesn’t need to satisfy anyone.
8. Crystal Copland
The lifestyle of models can also cause foot problems. Australian model Chrystal Copland reported that the shows often felt like a kind of contemporary torture. Walking the runway many times with high heels and a size that is not her size made her feel a lot of pain. In addition, she always left very ugly marks on her feet. She even claimed that she had to wear makeup on her feet to disguise the imperfections.
9. Joanna Krupa
This American model of Polish origin suffers from a congenital anomaly called polymastia, which ends up leading to the presence of the mammary gland outside the breasts. Joanna Krupa managed to disguise this peculiarity, and even the bikini photos were not a problem for her.
10. Padma Lakshmi
On Padma Lakshmi’s arm is a rather large scar from the time when she was still a teenager and had a car accident. She usually wears sleeveless clothing and doesn’t try to disguise the brand in any way. Not even photographers try to eliminate the scar with editors. That’s who she is and she doesn’t need to hide the scar for any reason.
11. Breanne Rice
Breanne Rice recently confessed that she suffers from vitiligo. For a long time, the model resorted to using special cosmetics to hide the disease, even from people close to her. It took her about 10 years to feel good about herself and speak openly about it.
Do you think quirks and imperfections can be a point in our favor? Or do you think that everything that runs away from the standard should be hidden? Share your opinion in the comments.
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