Vogue asked eight sought-after models (Adesuwa Aighewi, Anok Yai, Adut Akech, Jill Kortleve, Paloma Elsesser, Fran Summers, Kerolyn Soares, and Ugbad Abdi) what the job is like, and they confirm it’s not all glitz and glamour. It’s also very different than the perceptions based on the era of supermodels.
Ten years into the radical shift in diversity and inclusion, things are certainly better, as Dutch model Jill Kortleve notes:
I’m 26 now, so when I was reading magazines [growing up], it was all the same type of girl; white, blonde, tall, skinny. I was the opposite of that so there was no representation at all. I thought that was the norm, but obviously now that it’s changed, now that I know it can be different I see that this should have happened way before.
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