5 Models Who Inspired Us & Changed The Fashion Industry In 2013

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The end of the year is a usually a time when people make lists, check it twice, and reflect on the past 365 days. We have seen so many amazing women (and men) contribute great things to various industries, and become agents of change where it has been needed the most.

For women, the majority of our body image issues and insecurities come from the fashion industry and advertising. It is like a double-edged sword. But thankfully, there are some amazing, brave and passionate women who are leading the charge to widen the industry and make it a place where women of all shapes, sizes and colors are being given a voice and platform.

We listed our top 5 women of 2013 who made the biggest impact in the fashion world, on the TailorMade web series with Brian Rodda. The women were Iman, Velvet D’Amour, Christie Brinkley, Tara Lynn, and Daphne Self.

Collectively these women are breaking down the barriers for size, age, and color. Iman teamed up with Naomi Campbell to force all major Fashion Week organizers around the world to include more ethnic models on the runway. Christie Brinkley is signed to IMG models with her daughter sailor and teaches her not to diet, but to be happy and healthy. Tara Lynn was the first solo plus size model to be featured on the cover of a high fashion magazine (Elle Spain) and her story went viral.

Velvet D’Amour is a super plus size model based in France who started the Vol Up 2 online magazine dedicated to promoting postive body image messages amongst women. And Daphne Self, at 85, is reportedly the world’s oldest working model, proving that age is just a number and plastic surgery is not the only way to stay beautiful in your old age!

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