Instagram Is Spotlighting Model Diversity All Week

Clementine Dessaux; Shaun Ross; Mama Cax
Clementine Dessaux; Shaun Ross; Mama Cax Photo: Instagram

Slowly but surely, the modeling landscape is shifting, with alternative agencies springing up, Instagram casting bringing new talent into the fold, and the rise of agender fashion. Though the industry has a long way to go in terms of representing a diverse array of beauty, proof positive of this groundswell is Instagram’s #RunwayForAll campaign, running all week, and featuring a different boundary-breaking model each day. So far, the app has spotlighted people like Mama Cax, an amputee; Shaun Ross, a gay man of color with albinism; and plus-size model Clémentine Desseaux, using the captions to let them tell their stories. Says Cax, “Through modeling I hope to show that beauty does not always wear a size zero and beauty does not always walk on two limbs.”