On Monday, Instagram launched a hashtag campaign stating, “Every day this week, we’ll be sharing the story of a model who is redefining industry standards and making sure there’s room on the #RunwayForAll.”  They have shared four models thus far that have faced adversity in the industry. The featured models explain how they have redefined the “norm” with their unique assets which include an amputee leg, albino skin disorder, buck teeth and being plus sized.

Shaun Ross, the male model of color with albinism explained what the campaign meant to him, “#RunwayForAll is a world where everyone is treated the same.” The world of modeling seems to be on the same wavelength, showing its acceptance more progressively everyday. Instagram is a major social media hub and has the ability to reach millions of people, the message they are sending with this campaign is commendable and inspiring to all those who feel they don’t fit in. With models like Shaun and campaigns launched by major voices, there is a bright future of acceptance by all and for all within the fashion industry.

See the featured models below


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photos courtesy of Instagram


Written by: Talissa Trachtenberg