8 inspirational women with unique appearances

DEC 29, 2019 AT 10:41 AM

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Our world is a vast melting pot of cultures. It is this cultural diversity that makes us unique and presents different definitions of beauty that should be celebrated. The world is finally moving away from the rigid standards of conventional beauty and embracing the unconventional. We applaud these models who are making a bold statement about individuality and shattering traditional perceptions of beauty. They proudly face the world with their unique beauty and send a powerful message of self-love, acceptance, and empowerment-by showing how much you love your uniqueness, the world will love it as well.

 

1. Khoudia Diop

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Khoudia Diop

This young Senegalese woman is known as the "Melanin Goddess". Her skin is exceptionally dark because of her unique pigmentation. Khoudia Diop was always shy about her appearance because she was bullied as a child. However, when she moved to France, people noticed her unique beauty and advised her to become a model. When she moved to New York, she began working as a model (she was instrumental to the success of the Colored Girl project). Now she proudly celebrates her uniqueness. She was recently offered a contract with Makeup Forever, which specializes in shades for darker skin.

 

2. Winnie Harlow

Winnie Harlow

Winnie Harlow has always embraced her vitiligo and never allowed it to stand in her way. Tyra Banks, the host of America's Next Top Model, discovered Winnie through her Instagram account. Winnie's popularity soared after appearing on the show, and she was offered a contract from Desigual to represent the brand. Since then, Winnie has taken the fashion world by storm and became a major campaigner for Diesel and Swarovski. She is a shining example to those dealing with skin conditions to empower themselves by embracing their unique beauty.

 

3. Sophia Hadjipanteli

Sophia Hadjipanteli

Sophia Hadjipanteli has boldly chosen not to conform to typical standards of beauty and kept her natural, distinctive unibrow. While this caused a flood of comments on her Instagram account from critics and supporters of her choice, Sophia remains a staunch role model for people with unibrows.

 

4. Tsunaina

Tsunaina

Tsunaina was discovered on the streets of Tibet. Everything about her defied traditional beauty standards. London Fashion Week praised the young model for her unconventional features, and her unique, Avatar-like face has since propelled her to worldwide fame. She showcases her stunning beauty on her popular Instagram page.

 

5. Viktoria Modesta

Viktoria Modesta

Viktoria Modesta began her modeling career at fifteen and went on to become a singer, songwriter, and dancer. This multi-talented Latvian woman hasn't let the amputation of her lower left leg hinder her. In fact, it has become an expression of her formidable artistic talents. With a huge Instagram following, she has been an amazing inspiration by demonstrating that nothing can stop you as long as you believe in your dreams and stay true to your passion.

 

6. Diandra Forrest

Diandra Forrest

As an African-American albino, Diandra endured her share of bullying as a child. However, it was her striking features that eventually propelled her into a successful modeling career as well as a spokesmodel and inspirational role-model for albino whites and African-Americans. She currently works with an organization in Tanzania, Assisting Children in Need (ACN), to fight discrimination against the country's albino community.

 

7. Salem Mitchell

Salem Mitchell

Salem's distinctive beauty consists of more than her freckled complexion. Matched with her bold and outspoken personality, it has launched her into successful modeling campaigns that include, Gap, Converse, and Savage X Fenty. She has used the power of social media to inspire others to confidently embrace their unique beauty in all forms.

 

8. Anastasia Zhydkova

Anastasia Zhydkova

Although Anastasia was bullied in school, she chose not to cover her albino features with cosmetics. It was this unique beauty that captured the attention of model agencies and catapulted her into a successful career. She is also a law school graduate and a huge inspiration to others by encouraging them to embrace their uniqueness instead of hiding it.