Whether signed by a powerhouse modeling agency, becoming the face of high-end fashion campaigns or appearing on magazine covers, TikTok stars are moving into modeling.
“I would look up to people like David Beckham who grew up and much of his career was this persona off the pitch, and that includes modeling,” the TikTok star and more recently. V Man said cover boy Noah Beck Variation.
“It’s always been something I’ve been passionate about, and now I have a platform to work with photographers and spread the message. I also don’t mind being in front of the camera.”
Here, five models are currently being built. – Rob LeDonne / Reuters
The 19-year-old Houston native has divided his 5.2 million followers into high-fashion collaborations with Balmain and Dior and contracts with IMG.
With a strength of 78.3 million followers, 20-year-old Rae has ventured into music and film, as well as fashion. She shows off a Dolce & Gabbana dress on the cover of February England Enchanting and has collaborated with L’Oreal, Reebok, American Eagle and Hollister.
Celine recruited a 19 year old player with 10.9 million followers for his latest ad campaign. Filming was spearheaded by the home’s creative director, Hedi Slimane.
Under the moniker InMySeams, Ok regularly posts her clothes, tips and tricks to her 1.6 million followers. As a result, Alice + Olivia chose Ok, 24, as one of the few models taken from the app for the virtual runway show.
The 18 year old man, who has 26.1 million followers, got the digital cover V Man, featuring her in heels and lipstick in a photo by Damon Baker.
If you asked 13 year old Maria Thattil if she was going to be Miss Universe Australia, she would probably think you were kidding.
She is shy, desperate to possess and is afraid to be herself.
“I’m in a realm where I never historically thought I could come up and take my place,” Thattil, now 27, told the ABC.
So representing Australia – at any level – is something he doesn’t believe is possible. Ms Thattil said for most of her life she was told she couldn’t be Australian.
“I wasn’t quite Australian, but I also felt like I didn’t fit into the Anglo-Celtic perception of beauty at the time. I don’t think I just did it.”
While growing up, the messages Thattil said he received at school began to materialize in a way he now regrets.
She vividly remembers not feeling comfortable embracing all aspects of her identity, and in her early high school years she began to harshly criticize her South Asian heritage.
“It’s heartbreaking to look back,” he said.
“I stopped talking to my extended family, I stopped watching Bollywood films, I stopped wanting to eat our food. I am ashamed of my family.”
She said she wanted so badly to be a part, to be part of the group – even if it meant sacrificing a part of herself.
Tokenism, not real diversity
Hanan Ibrahim, one of Australia’s most famous hijabi models, still feels a job is in progress despite representing some of the biggest brands in Australia.
“I want to be used for more than just diversity inclusion checks, I want tokenism to disappear,” said Ibrahim.
“I want color models to be used for granted, because they can do the job as well as anyone else. And not just choosing because it was the flavor of the month for them to do a diversity shoot.”
Ibu Ibrahim believes the Australian modeling industry usually uses color modeling in what she portrays in a tokenistic way. She said sometimes, walking on set, she realized she was only called upon to be a model because they needed black people.
“They’ve marked that diversity inclusion, you know, ticked the brand,” he said.
“It’s emotionally tiring. That’s the only way I can explain it.”
Ms Ibrahim has complicated feelings about her position. He is grateful to be able to represent his community, but is “tired” of what he calls performative diversity.
“There’s more than just presenting someone as the face of your company, like what anti-racism work do you do behind the scenes?” she says.
“Are you training the people who work at your company to recognize First Nations and black people as a major part of the image, rather than a popular segment for a period of time.”
It’s not just about checking boxes
Ibu Ibrahim is not interested in being someone’s trend for now – she wants a material change.
“Where is the black make-up artist, where there are black creators who are there, I mean, I see them online.”
Ms Ibrahim remembers taking a photo shoot a few days ago for beauty products brand Eleven Australia. This is the first time she has seen another headscarf in a photo shoot.
“There was a hairdresser wearing a veil, and as soon as I got there, we ran to each other,” she said.
The woman told Ibrahim about her problems in the industry working as a hijab hairdresser.
“The hairstylist told her she had to take off her head scarf, so people could see her hair to work as a hairdresser. And this company, Eleven Australia decided, ‘Fuck, you are good at what you do, we will hire you.’
“For both of us it was the first time on a set anywhere we were with another woman wearing a hijab.”
Ibrahim says being one of the first mainstream hijabi models comes with stress, lots of explanations, and, at times, uncomfortable conversations.
One of the most difficult conversations is to talk about her experiences in the “simple” Muslim fashion brand.
“You would think I would get more support from the Muslim community here, the majority of whom are Arab, but I am not the right color for them,” Ibrahim said.
“It seems, I am not the right Muslim to represent them.”
She remembers times when she reached out to simple Muslim labels to work with them, only to be rejected.
“I know that when you look at their page, it is white women who are converting or people who are white or have lighter skin,” he said.
“I don’t quite match their beauty standards to represent them.”
‘I don’t look like myself’
Ms Thattil’s breaking point came when she saw a photo of herself turning 20 years old.
It was an image he still remembered years later.
“I wear makeup that is four shades too light, I wear green contact lenses, and my hair is bleached,” she says.
“And when you look at it, you can see that I’m trying to occupy a skin that doesn’t belong to me.
Now she’s focused on sharing her story to make sure young women of color don’t feel alone.
Like Ibu Ibrahim, Ms Thattil believes she is part of a growing body of women of color that is redefining Australian beauty standards. They both hailed the Black Lives Matter movement as a major force in fostering conversation around race and racism.
“Now only microphones are provided for our voices that have been speaking for this kind of thing for a long time. But now people are more ready to listen,” Ms Thattil said.
And with more than 70,000 followers on social media, Ms Thattil said “we don’t need permission” to be heard.
Building community is a big part of why Thattil feels it is possible for him to compete in Miss Universe Australia. The previous two winners were also women of color, and she worked in the same government building as the 2019 winner Priya Serrao.
“When I saw [Priya] undergoing the program, i follow its journey. And when he did get elected, I thought, ‘Man, maybe I can do this too.’ “
Despite feeling alienated from part of the Muslim community, Ibrahim did not feel alone.
She says she’s very much supported by a growing number of youth models, and she wants everything to be celebrated beyond what she describes as “checkbox” diversity.
“It reflects Australia, which is a multicultural society. So do we see that in commercials, do we see it smudged all over the walls and in magazines?
“Not as many as there should be, not as many as we have.”
Model and activist Angel Dixon says there are two invisible barriers preventing her and other people with disabilities from entering clothing stores – and both are essential to the shopping experience.
The main point:
Persons with disabilities face many obstacles in accessing fashion
But a spate of online brands and platforms is driving change
Proponents say increasing physical and virtual access is part of the solution
“If your shop is not physically accessible or your staff feels uncomfortable around people with disabilities, we will not come,” he said.
This barrier may be invisible to non-disabled people, but for Ms Dixon and others, it is a wall.
Ms Dixon told me if you are a brand or shop that values inclusion and can welcome everyone with a disability to your shop, it will enrich your business, because inclusive representation can have a massive flow effect.
As an Autistic person, I personally avoid going near shopping centers because the experience can be very stressful and overwhelming.
Loud music, bright lights, crowds of people, and too many clothes packed onto the rails all add to the sensation of an attack that leaves me in a cold sweat of panic.
Unfortunately, it is not only the shopping logistics for persons with disabilities that are difficult to handle.
There is also a mentality that persons with disabilities cannot style and the assumption that persons with disabilities are not interested in their fashion or appearance.
For many of us with disabilities, we need and want the same things as able-bodied people.
“Clothing has the power to make us feel confident, change our moods and express our personalities,” said Jenny McAllister, a disability fashion blogger who runs the site StyleAbility.
“Clothing can be transformative. The way we dress and the clothes we wear make us unique and individual.”
And while fashion and clothing can empower us, for many people with disabilities, the everyday frustrations of just getting dressed and the design of the clothes themselves are also part of the problem.
For people living with physical disabilities, this can mean difficulty wearing the kinds of everyday items that most people take for granted: blouses with buttons, sneakers with straps, and trousers with zippers.
“I can find most items, but buttons are my enemy and hooks and eyes are small, forget it,” said Dixon.
Adaptive clothing brands are only part of the answer
Jason Clymo, a male model with a disability and wheelchair user, says that suit pants are one of the hardest things to find.
She said because it is usually not stretchy enough, it was difficult to find one that fits her waist comfortably.
In Australia alone, an estimated 4 million people live with disabilities.
Worldwide, people with disabilities have more than $ US8 trillion in disposable income each year, according to research by Fifth Quadrant Analytics.
While new adaptive clothing brands are being created for this market, they are still separate and apart from the mainstream fashions and their variety of choices and prices are still an issue for many.
Inclusion is required at every stage
Ms Dixon says one topic she always raises with the brands she works with is accessible design and the possibility of adapting the design process to consider access and usability.
“For example, I use the zipper on the back of my dress a lot, nobody can use it, but we still put it there because it looks nicer,” he said.
Ms McAllister said change would require including people with disabilities throughout the process, from the design stage to store layout and visual merchandising.
“There is still a lack of understanding of the needs and requirements of persons with disabilities,” he said.
“It seems that a lot of companies feel that they may do something wrong and offend the disabled community so they put it in the ‘too hard’ basket.
“Rather than just ‘ticking the boxes’ to appear to be doing the right thing, brands and retailers need to make inclusion and diversity a part of their core business values.”
Note: Jenny McAllister is the sister of journalist Nick McAllister, the author of this article.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan declared Monday his determination to develop Pakistan into a welfare state in line with the teachings of the Prophet (pbuh) and the principles of Riasat-e-Madina.
“The Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) in his last sermon gave a charter for humanity. The principles given by him are now being followed by many countries in the world, “he said when answering questions from the general public on a live television program -” Aap ka Wazir Azam Awam kay Sath “- by telephone.
The call was broadcast live on television and moderated by Senator Faisal Javed Khan, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting.
Imran said Riasat-e-Madina gave the world the concept of a truly modern welfare state by ensuring the rule of law and care for the poor. He said the government was introducing a special subject on the Life of the Prophet (SAW) – Seerat-e-Nabi (SAW) in the 8th, 9th and 10th grade syllabus so that youths have full knowledge and understanding of the life of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and the State of Medina.
The prime minister said countries that adopted and followed the principles of Riasat-e-Madina achieved progress and development. “Unfortunately, we don’t follow those principles,” he said. He said building Pakistan on the principles of the State of Medina was a struggle and not “like changing a button”.
“God willing, Pakistan will be a great country,” said the prime minister. The prime minister responded to questions on a number of issues ranging from Riasat-e-Madina to everyday problems, which people face in their daily lives.
Responding to a question, he regrettably said that the trend of blasphemy, which caused much suffering to Muslims around the world, started in the West after a book written by Salman Rushdi in 1989. He said the practice had hurt Muslim sentiment. The West continues the practice under the clothes of free speech.
He said that the West, unlike Muslims, did not fully understand the religious sentiments of Muslims and the respect they have for their Holy Prophet (PBUH). The prime minister said he raised the issue at the OIC and the UN General Assembly and also joined forces with Mahathir Mohammad and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He said it was a constant struggle and hopefully he will succeed in it, he said.
The prime minister said he discussed the issue at the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the United Nations General Assembly, to seek support from international bodies in an effort to stop such negative trends. He said the rest of the Muslim world needed to have a strong unanimous vote on this issue to make the Western world realize the gravity and seriousness of this problem.
Manish Malhotra encourages men to experiment with colors this wedding season, pulling off a captivating and captivating look in a purple textured sherwani with a bold animal emblem and white pants, and we were blown away.
By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 11:53 AM
Bringing inimitable aesthetics to costume design in her 30-year career, Indian luxury designer Manish Malhotra is credited with redefining fashion and is seen revisiting her modeling roots as she dressed recently for her eponymous label shoot. Encouraging men to experiment with color this wedding season, Manish made a really neat look in a sherwani that’s sure to turn heads at ethnic events.
Taking to her social media handle, Manish shared some images from the ravishing photo shoot featuring the costume stylist in her fashion avatar. Dressed in a purple sherwani with a bold animal crest, Manish paired it with white pants and complemented her graceful outfit with a pair of black faux leather shoes.
Showing off her individual style in a two-piece look, Manish channels her spirit of revival and modeling as she poses for the camera. The photos are entitled, “Purple .. #indianwear #love #classic #sherwani #shaneel (sic)”.
Sherwani is made of shaneel or chenille fabric which is very durable and very soft to the touch. Made from a variety of different fibers including cotton, silk, wool, and rayon, shaneel has a slightly strong appearance and differs from velvet fabrics in that velvet fabrics appear denser and smoother as they are made of silk, cotton, polyester or viscose.
On another note, Manish Malhotra recently enhanced the e-commerce experience for customers when he launched his first virtual store on Thursday. The new e-outlet allows an in-depth search of its flagship store in New Delhi and will operate all day, all year round.