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Diversity in fashion and style for all ages

I’m sure you’ve heard all the hoo haa about the picture of the average/supposedly plus sized model in US Glamour. Now I haven’t seen the article, so can’t comment on this specifically, but having diversity in fashion models (hell, in anything!) is never a bad thing and therefore good for Glamour I say!

What would be even better would be if average/plus-sized/older/black/asian/disabled models were included in fashion stories as a matter of course. It seems to me that magazines who do print pictures using such models only ever do so in articles that are specifically highlighting the lack of particualr models in a ‘Aren’t we fantastic for bucking the trend?’ way. I understand the Glamour photo of Lizzie Miller was in an article about body confidence, and I remember seeing several interviews with Jourdan Dunn on the back of the Vogue Italia black issue that were all about why fashion is so white (e.g. here). Its a shame that there articles are still necessary, should magazines not also just include non-standard (i.e. extremely skinny/tall/teenage/white) models in their editorials without making a big song and dance about it?

So in the spirit of this I thought I’d show some pictures from a place that consistently does this, which is the ‘All Ages’ feature in the Guardian Saturday magazine. This is the kind of thing I’d want to see more of!

Navy theme:
all ages - navy

Velvet theme:
all ages velvet

There’s a men’s one too, but apart from the lovely bearded man they all look a bit samey don’t they? the clothes too, to be honest, but that’s a different topic. It’s a denim theme:
all ages - men's denim

All photos via the guardian, click on pics to go to larger sizes on flickr.

Any thoughts?

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  • Clare 7 September 2009, 1:56 pm

    What an interesting idea! I love it!!!

  • google_account 7 September 2009, 11:12 pm

    I've always been a fan of plus-size models! There's a great site with many images of plus-size models here:

    http://www.judgmentofparis.com/

    They're all gorgeous.

    The site's forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.

  • ambika 8 September 2009, 5:40 pm

    I just love this. I know there's a few street style blogs who focus on an older demographic but the range here is just wonderful–more reflective of reality.

  • Imogen Lamport 9 September 2009, 2:28 am

    That's a great spread – I love the different ages and how they use very different models to show trends – not just limited to the young and super slim.

    BY the way I love your comment on Sal's blog Already Pretty about science not being rigid, but in fact very creative!

  • The Sideshow Scrapbook 10 September 2009, 12:56 pm

    Yes to diversity…..fashion is about being interesting, different and so should be the models….the photo's are great and so is the concept
    Thax Laura
    http://sideshow-scrapbook.blogspot.com

  • Style it You 11 September 2009, 2:59 am

    We definitely need more of this. A way of showcasing beauty and fashion in various forms which leads to more acceptance of self and a positive image of those rarely seen in these venues. Love it!

    ~Yanique
    http://www.styleityou.com

  • 6p00e554e5232c8834 4 November 2009, 2:44 pm

    Do they always use the same five models? I don't know, I think having the two young ones is slightly redunant. I would have liked someone else of different ethnicity! But it's still pretty good – I love this feature. Must remember to buy the Guardian more. I'm such a Sunday Times girl 🙂

  • 6p00e554e5232c8834 4 November 2009, 2:44 pm

    Do they always use the same five models? I don't know, I think having the two young ones is slightly redunant. I would have liked someone else of different ethnicity! But it's still pretty good – I love this feature. Must remember to buy the Guardian more. I'm such a Sunday Times girl 🙂