Ever wanted to be a model but didn't quite think you had the very specific body type for it? IT'S YOUR LUCKY DAY!
IMG Models, the world's top modeling agency, has recently announced plans to include models of all ages, shapes, ethnicities, and sizes to its roster alongside the typically size 0, 5'10" supermodels it already represents, like Gisele Bundchen and Candice Swanepoel.
It's a brave new world!
"We want to be an ageless, raceless, weightless agency. We just want to represent the best people in the industry."
Hey, it's about time! Furthermore, the atypical models won't be separated from the standard ones on the agency's overall roster, but will be included among them.
Bart also explained the reasoning behind this change, saying:
"I feel like the consumer wants to see themselves. Sure, there are women who are naturally thin and can fit into sample sizes, and the plus size market begins at a size 12, but where is the average consumer represented from a size 2 to 10? We just want to represent the best. With this new way of thinking, I can tell women who work so hard to get into the sample size, 'Eat! Be yourself, just be the best you can be — exactly how you are!' For us, as long as the talent is at a healthy weight that he or she and his or her doctor believe is right for them, and they're exercising, since that's a healthy way of life, then the industry should reflect that. If you don’t fit the sample size, you might not be working, which is what sparked this new integration. I’m not saying that everyone is going to be receptive to it, but we’re going to try.""
You gotta start somewhere after all, and Bart believes it makes the most sense to introduce change from within. He said:
"You can stand outside with a picket sign, but I feel like the best way is to change the industry is from within. We might not win in certain aspects of it and it might take a while for companies to adapt to what we're trying to do, because we still have to work with the industry and if they ask for a sample size, we have to deliver."
We hope this is the beginning of a massive overhaul in the modeling industry! We'd love to see some diversity in magazines, on runways, and on billboards all over the world!
[Image via Michael Carpenter/WENN.]