When it comes to the world of Modeling and models, so many words come to mind when describing the perfect model. The perfect look.
However, people are becoming more #real, living their truth and being true to their identity. In search of their God-given talent & passion. By saying that; the industry is becoming more open for diversity and welcoming certain types of looks that speak to the public.
Diverse models are more than just models who don’t fit into sample sizes or who aren’t a certain height or age. And of course… we are LOVING it. It gives everyone a chance to fulfil their dream, and it is real, EMPOWERING and oh so unique!
We have identified four beautiful, diverse models who are flaunting their flaws!
Miss South Africa Finalist, Kgothatso Dithebe
The 24 -yr old LLB Student with a unique facial birthmark has become a sensation at this year’s Miss South Africa pageant. Kgomotso is a wonderful role model to young South Africans and shows that being different can be a blessing. It taught her resilience, ignited inner strength and also given her the platform to embrace her unique beauty.
Down Syndrome Teen Model, Shumeez Scott
Shumeez Scott has changed the game at the age of 18 years. The Cape Town-based teenager has been doing modelling and participating in pageants the past year, of which a highlight was a stunning victory at Miss MWI Phenomenal SA 2018 in March. She has also been signed by leading modelling academy, ACE Models Cape Town North, who will be training her and supporting her with her dream of becoming a model. She is a wonderful example of pushing the limits and living your dream despite the disability which she has.
The first South African woman in a wheelchair to be a runway model
The beautiful Lebohang Monyatsi, born and raised in North West, in a small town called Vryburg, has been breaking boundaries in the fashion/entertainment industry. Her disability did not stop her love for the modelling industry, and as a teenager, she did mostly pageants. She is the first South African woman in a wheelchair to be a runway model. Her greatest achievement so far is being a finalist for Face Of The Globe & modelling at Soweto Fashion Week which appeared on Selimathunzi. Lebohang not only wants to open doors for others with disabilities to follow and surpass her but also follow her dream to become an International Model.
Be happy with what you have but never give up on what you want – Lebohang Monyatsi
Canadian Fashion Model, Winnie Harlow
She gained prominence as a contestant on the hit television series, America’s Next Top Model. Winnie became an overnight sensation and has been in the world of fashion & modelling ever since. Despite being diagnosed with a skin condition called Vitiligo, she followed her dream and also became the spokesperson for the rare skin condition. This is a beautiful example of embracing your flaws, especially in a world full of critics. This is definitely only the beginning for Winnie!
I believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder – Winnie Harlow
Many people are slow to embrace change and are fearful of anything outside the norm, but it is these differences that make us unique and authentic.