While visible inclusion is growing in the fashion industry, their presence in the business goes back decades—part of an undervalued and under-represented timeline.
At first glance, this photo looks like a snapshot of an average morning routine. But, look closely, and you’ll see the words “HUMAN BEING” tattooed across her knuckles.
These two words are how the subject, along with 10 other models, want the world to see them in a brand new collection of stock imagery that’s just been made available on Adobe Stock.
“It’s often thought that models have little career longevity. Belgian beauty Hanne Gaby Odiele has dispelled this myth: she has been one of the industry’s most visible faces for almost a decade, racking up high-profile clients including Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs and Versace in the process.
Last week, however, she made headlines for a different reason when she revealed in an interview with Vogue magazine that she was born intersex. Broadly speaking, the term ‘intersex’ refers to a series of conditions which lead to a child being born with a variation in sex anatomy. It’s not particularly rare – it’s estimated that around 2 percent of children are born intersex – yet knowledge and awareness of intersex identities is still disappointingly limited.
Odiele disclosed that she was born with androgen insensitivity syndrome, a condition which meant that, even though she was genetically male in chromosomal terms, her body was resistant to male hormones. She was born with internal testes, no ovaries and no uterus. ‘I will never know how it is to have a period or have a baby,’ she revealed. ‘But I also don’t stand up peeing! I don’t have a penis! I am intersex, but I am much more female. I am not facing a biological clock – I have no clock!’”
“It’s been a pretty monumental year for model Andreja Pejic. Following the announcement of her transition in 2014, Pejic has been filming a documentary, she made her women’s show debut following her surgery, and now she’s the first-ever transgender model to be profiled in Vogue.”
“A little more light!”It’s an early morning photo shoot for Glamour Magazine UK. There’s a blizzard outside the window of Jack Studios in New York as the crew sets up in a flurry: Photographers meticulously adjust the lighting, makeup and hair artists arrange their bounty of brushes and stylists hang up racks upon racks of familiar names — Ralph Lauren, DSquared2, Zac Posen, Helmut Lang, Agent Provocateur, Vivienne Westwood.They’re all here for one person…
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The blond beauty was famously kicked out of the Miss Universe pageant because she wasn’t a ‘naturally born’ woman, until Trump and organizers caved and let the Canadian model compete. She didn’t win then, but her recent spread in ELLE Canada, a major fashion magazine, is certainly a victory.
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