Models of Diversity advocates for more diversity in models, and demands that the fashion and marketing industries recognise the beauty in women of all races, ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. Their mission is to change the face of fashion and modelling. They sponsor modelling workshops for people with disabilities, campaign against the tragic effects of the size zero culture, and fight inequality in the representation of real men and women. They look at catwalk shows, advertising and the glossies and rarely see a true representation of real people.
Where are the models of colour? The larger models? The shorter models? The less able models?
Models of Diversity are putting on a charity catwalk show, which is being backed by the British Fashion Council. First there will be a retail show featuring healthy professional models of different sizes, shapes, heights and ability levels, including Kelly Knox, winner of the BBC's Britain's Missing Top Model.
Following that will be a high-fashion show, with top international curvy plus models found through a nation-wide casting call, in sizes 14-18. The models will wear couture, from both up & coming designers and established design houses.
Curves in Couture is on Thursday November 17th, 2011 in Notting Hill, London.
I will be attending, and am looking forward to seeing an alternative perception of fashion. Does fashion need to be aspirational and out of reach, or can it reflect the vast range of difference that our reality provides?