People Who Broke Conventional Beauty Standards


Beauty standards are nothing new for us. Each one of us has been judged upon these standards from time to time. From having a thin waist, to having fair skin, there have always been a set of rules that we are expected to fit into. But not everyone needs to change themselves to conform to society’s standards. There are some who defy society’s rules, and stand up to fight for natural beauty by creatively advocating for the cause. 

Each year more and more fashion models are joining the movement aimed at breaking these conventional beauty standards. They’re making a mark on the fashion industry with their bold and unique styles. 

We’re all beautiful. Regardless of our age, skin color, and race or even skin problems. Here we have 20 such uniquely beautiful people, who broke the chains of the conventional boundaries of Fashion and made it among the top ambassadors of beauty.   

  1. 1 Winnie Harlow

    Winnie Harlow is an American model that has vitiligo. She made her debut on the Cycle 21 of America's Next Top Model and has been setting new standards ever since.

  2. 2 Nyma Tang

    Nyma is an advocate for people with dark skin complexion in the fashion industry. She expresses that women with deep dark tones are beautiful in their own way.

  3. 3 Diandra Forrest

    Diandra told the Glamour magazine, "My albinism is a part of me—and it’s beautiful—but it’s not all of me,".

  4. 4 Lizzo


    The self-proclaimed BBW rapper takes a lot of pride in her heavy physique and curly hair. She always motivates her fans to accept and love themselves the way for they are.

  5. 5 Nikia Phoenix

    Nikia is a successful model who carries her freckles as a beauty asset while living in a society that regards them as flaws.

  6. 6 Gabi Gregg

    Gabi alongside being a plus-size Instagrammer who is proud of her physical appearance plans on launching a swimsuit range for women that are her size.

  7. 7 Harnaam Kaur

    Harnaam Kaur is an Indian woman who feels pride in flaunting her beard, smashing stereotypes each day.

  8. 8 Caitlin Stickels

    Caitlin suffers from a chromosomal condition which creates a slightly downwards turn in the eyes, giving them a cat-like look. She's been a successful model, not letting her condition be an obstacle.

  9. 9 Mama Cax

    Mama Cax is a dark-skinned bald model who is well known for her beauty modeling.

  10. 10 Sara Geurts

    Sara is a 26 years old clothing model who suffers from a skin condition called EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome). This condition causes the skin to be wrinkled at a very young age.

  11. 11 Jillian Mercado

    Jilian suffers from a muscular dystrophy problem that she developed as a child. She had to be in a wheelchair until she was 12. However, that did not stop her from breaking conventional beauty standards. Her first modeling contract was with Diesel jeans.

  12. 12 Slick Woods

    Slick Woods is one of the new faces that came on the scene via Rihanna's Fenty Beauty brand. She has made a huge influence on people with beauty consciousness.

  13. 13 Yulianna Yussef

    Yulianna has a disease called CMN, which means she has many birthmarks on her body. She told in an interview about being bullied in school and how she got to a level of self-acceptance, giving her enough confidence to be where she is.

  14. 14 Shaun Ross

    Shaun made his first appearance in a Beyonce' music video. His physical appearance has not stopped him from becoming one of the top models to walk on many high fashion runways.

  15. 15 Ciprianna Quann and TK Wonder

    Ciprianna and TK are a pair who have often spoken about how they used to hate their natural hair at one point. Now, they cannot stop flaunting their 4C hair natural puffs.

  16. 16 Ava DuVernay

    Dreadlocks have not been considered a very appropriate feature to possess if you're in the fashion world. Ava has thrown that stereotype right into the garbage.

  17. 17 Stef Sanjati

    Stef has a genetic condition called the Waardenburg syndrome. She said,  “It affects my facial structure, the pigmentation in my hair, my body, and my skin, and also my hearing.” 

    However, it did not stop her from believing in herself and finding true beauty.

  18. 18 Christina Ammon

    Christina is a Fenty Beauty fan who had developed a condition at birth that caused her right cheek to be enlarged. She has expressed pride in her facial appearance and finds herself pretty as she is.

  19. 19 Sarah Jane Adams

    Sarah is an active fashion model at the age of 61. Her Instagram page is named "My Wrinkles are my Stripes." 

  20. 20 Alok Vaid-Menon

    Alok is a transgender who fights for the rights of his community to be able to express themselves the way they want.


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