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These inspiring fashion models challenged our definition of beauty, and they won!

They don’t fit into brackets, and that’s the best part of their life. Divyani Raghav brings you stories of some inspiring showstoppers!


Deshun Wang

Age is just a number for Deshun Wang

This 80-year-old ‘hottest grandpa’ has become an Internet sensation of late. As he walked on the ramp at a fashion week in China, the world took notice of his sheer dedication and never-say-die spirit. Having featured in movies like The Forbidden Kingdom, Warriors of Heaven and Earth, he has said, “To prepare for this day, I’ve been getting ready for 60 years.” As informed in his interviews, he began working on his body at an age of 50 and now works out for three hours a day. “I still got something left in me. I still have some dreams to achieve. I believe my potential can be explored. When you think it’s too late. Be careful and don’t let that become your excuse for giving up. No one can keep you from success except yourself. When it’s time to shine, be the brightest. I am Deshun Wang, I am the fiercest Northeasterner,” he proclaimed.

Look at his inspiring story in the video below!


What's in a size? Stefania Ferrario

What’s in a size? Stefania Ferrario

Stefania Ferrario says ‘bald is beautiful’, and she means it. She has also torn apart the stigma of being a ‘plus-size’ model in the fashion industry. The 23-year-old Australian beauty has been campaigning fiercely against people’s ‘love for perfection’. She shaved her head to raise money and awareness against cancer, alopecia and trichotillomania. She was also shot by a fashion photographer Peter Coulson for his book In My Pants. Stefania has posted many candid pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #DropThePlus which got massively discussed in the industry and gained coverage in media.

Take a look at at her #ProjectWomanKind


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The stunning girl with beard; Harnaam Kaur

Harnaam Kaur shot to fame recently when she walked the ramp in her beard looks. It was her befitting reply to all bullies who tortured her mentally all those years. Now, she has entered Guinness World Records as the youngest woman to have a full beard. “I grew up watching America’s next top model, and I admired Tyra Banks whole-heartedly. I always wanted to be like the pretty models, so I remember copying the way they posed and walked. I grew up being told I was too fat, ugly, and disgusting to even model. I was told I’d never walk the runway. I used to look at models and tell myself that I will never ever be able to do what they are doing. I am not pretty enough or beautiful enough and I don’t have the ‘right’ body type. I was laughed at when I said I wanted to model (sic).” More power to you girl!

Listen to Harnaam’s story in the video below!


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Body doesn’t define your destiny: Rebekah Marine

Rebekah Marine is a bionic model born without the right limb. In this cutthroat competition, she has emerged as one of the most inspiring models. She walked for New York Fashion Week earlier this year and was also featured in Nordstrom’s 2015 anniversary catalog. She also acts as an ambassador for the Lucky Fin Project, whose objective is to raise awareness and support for those with an “upper limb difference.”

Check out Rebekah’s inspiring speech below!


Everything is in order, as she commands! Winnie Harlow

Everything is in order, as Winnie Harlow commands! 

She was called ‘cow’, ‘zebra’ and what not! But Winnie Harlow proved we cannot be defined what others think of us. She embraced vitiligo, a skin disorder, and went on to become an influential fashion model. She became popular after participating in America’s Next Top Model. And at a TED X talk, she bracketed all noise on her skin saying, “Vitiligo is a skin condition, not a life-ruining curse.”

Watch Winnie Harlow’s powerful interview below!

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