Oh, how the times are a-changin’. Society in general has grown more accepting of individuals who don’t fit stereotypes, and the fashion industry seems to be following suit, with older women fronting campaigns and makeup-free editorials ever more commonplace. For its March cover, Vogue arranged a diverse set of the world’s top models on a private beach in Malibu: Liu Wen, Ashley Graham, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam, Adwoa Aboah and Vittoria Ceretti. The message is clear—beauty comes in all shades, shapes and sizes, and supermodels are no longer confined to the old norms of being fair, tall and rail thin. The image represents a shift in beauty standards, which feels particularly timely as our country’s identity as a whole is being questioned.
“With all that’s going on in the world, this cover makes such an important statement,” Kendall told Vogue. “It’s like, hey, we’ve got our differences, but those differences are beautiful. Everyone is beautiful.”
We couldn’t have said it better.