Fashion is, arguably, one of the most difficult industries to break into. Modeling, perhaps, even more so. One must, quite literally, fit a very precise mold. And we all, whether or not we have made fashion our career, have some notion of what said model looks like. Tall, very tall, and impossibly svelte; with high cheekbones, wideset eyes, and a sort of extraterrestrial, fantastical appeal that evokes both mystery and awe. You are either born with model proportions or not, and, well, if you’re not, there aren’t many agencies willing to make exceptions.
Until recently, that is. Last week, we watched as Next Models signed indie music phenom Lana Del Rey to their roster. And now, they have done it again, with the addition of one Solange Knowles to their ever-growing Talent Division. While the 5 foot 8 Knowles has a very pretty, commercial look, her frame, relatively speaking, is hardly statuesque.
The new aunt has been a fixture on the fashion scene as of late, and now British Vogue has coined her as the “Next Big Thing.”
For a while, it seemed, runway stars had been reclaiming the coveted spot in campaigns and on covers. But has the celebrity-turned model phenomenon experienced something of a resurgence?