20 Models That Are Absolutely Shattering Beauty Standards as We Know Them


Prepare to have your perception of beauty challenged, because the old rules no longer apply. The face of an industry is changing, and the status quo is being seriously shaken up – in a good way. These amazing models have already challenged numerous fashion industry norms. Now, they’re shattering beauty standards and continue to inspire and embrace diversity.

It’s time we all began redefining what it means to be truly beautiful. And there’s no better place to look for inspiration than to these confident and bright pioneers.

Models Who are Shattering Beauty Standards

20. Ilka Brühl

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A 26-year-old model from Germany, Ilka Brühl was born with a facial cleft. Despite the many challenges she’s faced, she exudes optimism, confidence, and pure beauty.

“I think EVERYBODY is beautiful in her or his own way,” Brühl explained on her Instagram. A bastion of positivity and motivation, she is a woman on a mission to “remind the world that everyone is beautiful.”

The ethereal beauty and her friends have also spearheaded a project highlighting the beauty of others with unique differences.

19. Winnie Harlow                             

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“I’m not a ‘Vitiligo Sufferer.’ I’m not a ‘Vitiligo model.’ I am Winnie. I am a model. And I happen to have Vitiligo,” wrote model Winnie Harlow on her Instagram. “Do you see me suffering?”

Harlow has made it clear how she feels about certain headlines and captions, as well she should. The Canadian fashion model has not only embraced her differences, she’s also made quite a name for herself. She’s modeled for countless magazines and fashion campaigns and has over 3 million Instagram followers. Suffering, she is not.