For many years, to belong to the fashion industry the rules dictated that diverse bodies, real people were left out. However, over time, these stereotypes changed and new paradigms appeared that changed and revolutionized the fashionista universe.
The place Models.com each year reveals who was the model of the year according to stylists, designers, photographers, fashion editors, hairdressers, makeup artists and art directors. But this year, they allowed readers to vote. The winners were then two, but the victory was undoubtedly for diversity.
For industry, the chosen one was Paloma Elsesser, a 28-year-old girl, currently a reference to plus size whom many classify as the successor to Ashley Graham. She was chosen by Vogue magazine to star in the January cover and is one of the great promises of the catwalks for this year 2021.
Paloma wants to break with all the beauty stereotypes that exist in the fashion industry. He is of an African-American mother and a Swiss-Chilean father and grew up in a mostly black neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles. His history in fashion begins in 2015 when Pat mcgrath (makeup artist for JLO, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss, among others) He discovered her on Instagram and asked her to star in his cosmetics campaign.
Accompanying her latest cover for Vogue, the model wrote the following text: “I woke up the morning of this shoot and hit my knees as I got out of bed. I prayed for protection and care, for a day when I could honor how monumental this was. So that the voices were quiet, to know that this was bigger than me, and to know that I was exactly where I needed to be ”.
She added: “Everything became so surreal when I looked at Gabby, Latisha, Susie and Annie. Work and collaborate with women that I deeply admire. Knowing that I am filming an American fashion cover as a plump, short, mixed race woman who never imagined this would be her reality. Although my heart fills with gratitude, I am not satisfied. I urge fashion to never let go of this urge until you see bodies like mine stop being radical, different, weird. I want to see women with larger bodies, women with dark skin, disabled people and all the iterations of identity that have been sidelined in the media. I want this moment to offer a new year of possibilities and a life of hope ”.
The winner by readers, on the other hand, was Sora choi, the 28 year old South Korean model who started her career after being discovered by a modeling agency in Seoul when she went to escort a friend to scouting. His first editorial was for W Korea magazine in 2012 and after his appearance, his career began walking for Alexander Wang, Fendi and Versace becoming the first Asian model to walk for Calvin Klein.
On the podium of runners-up, there are two models already known. The fashion industry voted for the Sudanese Adut Akech, who in 2019 she was chosen as the best model at the Fashion Awards, the award given by the British Fashion Council in London. She is a 21-year-old refugee of Sudanese origin, 1.75 meters tall, who has been triumphing in the fashion universe since she was 18 years old.
“It is important for all of us to remember that someone like me winning this award is a rarity. This is for the young women and men who found representation and validation in my work. Never be afraid to dream big like I once did, “said the top model in her speech after receiving the award. Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Valentino, Miu Miu and Saint Laurent choose her as their muse.
For readers, the runner-up is the famous Bella Hadid, who in 2014 signed a contract with the famous agency models IMG Models and debuted on the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2016. In 2018, Forbes magazine added it to the list of best paid models in the world, ranking her at number 8 and with a salary of $ 8.5 million.