Gone are those days when models were tall, skinny and mostly white. The fashion industry is breaking stereotypes, left right and centre and by celebrating models that nowhere close to our perceptions of conventional beauty.
Melanie Gaydos is the living example who is challenging and breaking the stereotype with her unique yet bold looks.
Gaydos is suffering from a rare genetic disorder ectodermal dysplasia, a condition that makes her pores, teeth, nails and small bones form abnormally.
She is also partially blind due to alopecia.
28-year-old Gaydos who is an art graduate from New York once hated being clicked but was encouraged to model by a boyfriend.
In an interview in 2015, she told the Independent that she has rejected enhancements – including dentures and wigs – because she says“ I am more comfortable with myself how I am”.
Gaydos has worked with some of the most iconic photographers including the legendary Eugenio Recuenco in her career.
However, she feels there is still a long way to go in the industry before diverse models are truly accepted.
“There are simply not enough 'different' people fighting to be in whatever spot or position," she said.
Her career took off when she responded to an advert on Craigslist looking for “unique people” for fashion photographers to shoot at a very tender age.
Her boyfriend suggested her to start modelling “just for fun” before she was chosen to appear in a video for the German metal band Rammstein, which was directed by Recuenco.
Melanie Gaydos is truly an inspiration for the ones who are living in the constant fear of body shaming.