When it comes to the fashion industry, we’re all totally aware of the lack of diversity that it brings.
Fortunately, in recent years, we’ve seen signings such as vitiligo model Winnie Harlow, the first male albino model Shaun Ross, and 90-year-old supermodel, Daphne Selfe.
But now, Elite Model Management has surpassed all expectations from a very niche industry and signed it’s first transgender, disabled model.
Signings previously include the likes of Tyra Banks and Ruth Bell, so when 17-year-old Aaron (pronounced A-Ron) Phillip got scouted from her social media accounts, no one could have predicted such a large management would’ve taken a chance on an underrepresented person within the industry.
Making the announcement via Twitter (along with some chic AF polaroids), Aaron wrote that “it hasn’t been easy” but wanted to thank everyone for supporting her through her journey to making runways more diverse.
Last year, the new model posted a tweet speaking about her dreams of becoming a professional model and proclaimed that once she gets scouted by a modelling agency, “It’s all OVER for y’all!”. The Twitter Gods were listening.
In an essay for Them, she revealed: “I have never seen a physically disabled supermodel or a Black transfeminine model heralded, celebrated, or even working in the way other models are – and I hope to change that.
“This lack of representation and visibility in fashion has deeply affected me throughout my life, and has driven me to take matters into my own hands to carve a space and try to provide an opportunity for members of my community in this field.”
We cannot wait to see her upcoming shoots and hope this paves the way for a more diverse fashion world.