A prerequisite for any revolution, good or bad, is some brave, daring souls standing up against the status quo, refusing to accept things as they are any longer. For example, it took the work of courageous women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other bold individuals for women to gain the right to vote in the United States in 1920. It was the tireless efforts and the persistence in the face of opposition of these pioneers that led to the desired change finally coming to fruition. The same can be said for many other revolutions; they began with a few people willing to defy the norm in order to enact major change.
The fashion industry, although it may not seem as significant as some past revolutions, is no different. Bold individuals and groups are beginning to rise up against the way things have always been done in an effort to make the industry more inclusive and more representative of the diversity that exists in our world. Here are three of the many game changers revolutionizing the fashion industry by standing up for change.
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This gorgeous woman is probably one of the most recognizable plus-size models in the industry right now. With every magazine cover, commercial, and runway she graces, she shatters the industry’s misconception that plus-size can’t be beautiful and sexy. In 2016, Graham became the first plus-size model to ever be on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition. Graham uses her fame and success to inspire women to embrace their bodies regardless of its size and to recognize the beauty in our differences.
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This beautiful young woman, who was an America’s Next Top Model contestant, was diagnosed with Vitiligo at the age of four, but that has not stopped her from experiencing success as a model. She uses her platform to promote awareness of this skin disease as well as to inspire others to accept themselves as they are regardless of what others may think.
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This lovely lady is truly a revolutionary. As the co-founder of Diversity Not Disability, she advocates for better representation of disabled individuals in the fashion industry. She is a much needed voice for disabled individuals as they are the most underrepresented group in the industry. Kelly has dedicated her life to empowering people with disabilities to pursue their dreams and to not allow their ailments to limit them. "I am on a mission to make the world a more inclusive, inspirational, positive and equal place to be – one photo-shoot at a time."