Be proud to be in the minority

The fashion world can sometimes be a fickle place. Though I adore the industry there are elements of it that are quite sad. The fact that certain races are cast as a reaction to their country’s spending power, though shrewd, makes the industry seem more corporately minded than creative. 

The thing I have always loved about fashion is its constant championship of those who look different or unconventional. Lara Stone and Georgia May Jagger have their gaps, Kate Moss was the first of many waifs and Sophie Dahl was (for a while) proud of her puppy fat.

As the Spring/Summer ’14 season was quite controversial, following the cautionary open letter of Bethann Hardison and Iman, who reminded designers it was wise to be diverse.
 I thought today it would be nice to champion some fairly new, and most definitely fresh, faces as a tribute to all those who look a bit different.

Whether you want to be a supermodel or a supreme judge, know that there are woman out there that look like you and are killing it.

One of my favourite faces, model Magdalena Jasek first caught my attention in the Celine Pre-Fall Campaign. I love her mainly because I’ve always wanted freckles and I want my baby to be ginger.

Chiharu Okunugi, originates from Tokyo. The Japanese model has a stunningly symmetrical face and eyes that command attention. She’s already shot campaigns for Stella McCartney, Dior and Chanel; one of which alone would be pretty major. I love Chiharu because she’s got me loving thick liner all over again. 

Malaika Firth is the British model from Kenya, who had everyone talking when she opened the Prada Fall’13 show and was the first black model to star in a Prada campaign for 19 years. I love Malaika because she looks beautiful with her curly or straight, she can hold her own at 18 and she gave Cara’s brows a run for their money in November’s British Vogue. 
Jamila x

House of Holland


Fashion Journalist and Beauty Blogger from London

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