In both fashion niches and famous houses, we're seeing plus size models, more women and men of color, and representatives from the LGBTQIA+ communities.
We're seeing trans models and beautiful people who don't fall on the binary.
We're not seeing enough of any of them, but thanks to breakout trailblazers like the following fierce fashionistas, I'm hopeful we'll be seeing lots more.
1. Marquita Pring
Marquita slays. Although she's just a size 14, she's considered a plus size model – but she modeled herself some Gaultier, thanks.
2. Sabina Karlsson
Sabina makes me melt. Those eyes, those lips, those freckles! The freckles!
3. Madeline Stuart
Madeline gives me hair envy every time I see her. She also has the loveliest lips I have ever seen. We're going to see enormous things from this girl.
4. Andreja Peji?
I am in love with Andreja and have been for years. Her lips, her eyes, her nose, her cheekbones, her hips – ugh, I die!
5. Lea T
Lea is Riccardo Tisci's muse. Riccardo, by the way, is the designer genius behind Givenchy. Born in Brazil and raised in Italy, Lea is a smoldering, exotic beauty who, like Andreja, is bringing recognition to the transgender community through fashion.
6. Toccara Jones
Yes, ma'am, Toccara is still queen. 'member her from ANTM?
7. Melanie Gaydos
Melanie's beauty is inspirational. She has Ectodermal Dysplasia, but that's not who she is, it doesn't define her. This fierceness defines her.
8. Rebekah Marine
Rebekah is a stunner with a smile that lights up the world with its genuine joy. Some people (like People) call her the bionic model, and that she is, but it doesn't have a thing to do with her arm.
9. Winnie Harlow/Chantelle Brown Young
Winnie is one of my favorite models. She's one of the reasons ANTM was ultimately a successful show, being that it's responsible for several diverse beauties. Winnie, though, she's something else.
10. Shaholly Ayers
Shaholly was born without her arm, like Rebekah Marine. However, Shaholly puts it all out there, and the results are always gorgeous.
11. Rain Dove
Rain Dove is incredible. Absolutely incredible. The former firefighter's androgyny is so complete that she rocks menswear just as well as women's fashion, plus she is so hot. So, so hot.
12. Jillian Mercado
Jillian is such a stunner. Her beauty is angled and elven and gorgeous. She has Muscular Dystrophy, but her intense presence and soul-searing eyes are the first things you notice about her.
13. Tess Holliday
Do I even need to say anything about how breathtaking and amazing Tess Holliday is?
14. Kris Gottschalk
Kris could possibly make me leave Heather. Just for a weekend or something, but still. Her story is inspiring, as well – the things that brought her to fashion, the outlook it gave her, and the beautiful scars she bears.
15. Nikia PHOENIX
I have a thing for Nikia's freckles, too. Ditto her lips, her eyes, and that jawline. Rawr!
16. Thando Hopa
In the face of Thando's loveliness, I can think of nothing clever or worthy to say.
17. Diandra Forrest
Diandra's got such gorgeous lips and her bone structure is out of this world. She's got a beautiful soul as well as a beautiful face and she's becoming just as known for her humanitarian endeavors.
That's pretty frigging awesome.