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Fashion That’s Inclusive...Finally!

An amazing crop of fierce women is breaking stereotypes and changing the set ideals of beauty, one powerful campaign at a time.

RESHMA QURESHI

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After surviving a brutal acid attack in 2014 that disfigured her face and blinded one of her eyes, Reshma didn’t give up hope. She became a fashion blogger and in 2016, walked the ramp for Archana Kochhar at NYFW. Recently, Reshma has also collaborated with the Make Love Not Scars campaign to empower acid attack victims and create awareness about the issue.

ANJALI LAMA

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In a country where the LGBTQ community is constantly struggling for their rights, Anjali leads by example. She became the first Indian transgender model to walk the ramp at Lakmé Fashion Week last year. Since then, the 32-year-old has been featured in some of India’s leading fashion magazines, including Cosmopolitan. “I want people to remember that my gender is part— not all—of my identity,” she told us.

DAPHNE SELFE

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At 89, Daphne is the oldest working supermodel in the world. She started out at 21, back in 1949, and has been at it ever since. She’s walked the ramp for all the major designers, and been featured in countless magazines and campaigns. The best part: she isn’t retiring anytime soon, breaking the most common stereotype: that models have a short shelf life.

AMENA KHAN

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She made history by being the first hijab-wearing model to appear in a shampoo commercial for L’Oréal in January. Though the UK-based blogger had to step down from the campaign owing to anti-Israeli Tweets she posted back in 2014, Amena clarified that she celebrates inclusivity and will always support causes that empower women.

HARNAAM KAUR

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The former teaching assistant from England with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (a condition that results in excessive hair growth), holds a Guinness World Record for being the youngest woman in the world to have a full beard at 24. In March 2016, Harnaam became the first woman with a beard to walk the runway at London Fashion Week. The now 26-year-old is also a body confidence campaigner and gives motivational talks.

 

By: MEGHNA SHARMA