At age fourteen, I helped a friend who was told she was “too big” to be a model by sending her pictures to a magazine editor. The editor called me back, hired my friend, and with that one phone call, I launched my modeling agency. Today, my company (www.benbarry.com) scouts and sources models of all ages, sizes, colours, and abilities for fashion and beauty brands.
In my blog, I share my adventures of rocking the fashion world to include people of all ages, sizes, backgrounds, and abilities in the magazines and on the catwalks that wallpaper our visual world. I will also showcase the efforts of fashions firms that challenge the beauty ideal, and offer my take on what their moves mean for larger movement towards aesthetic realism in fashion.
Most importantly, I consider my blog to be dialogue between us. Please share your interpretations and feedback. Fashion is an incredible form of self-expression, experimentation, and fun, but the industry as we know it has gotten dangerously off track. Together, let’s bring it back. Together, let’s change the shape of fashion.