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Unconventional models

By Linda Lowen Slide 1 of 17

Cindy Joseph

With New York Fashion Week right around the corner, we turned to some of our favorite fashion and style experts to weigh in on their standout unconventional beauties. “In my opinion, the 90's was a hot model decade when the beauty of every women was embraced!” says fashion, style and beauty expert Naima Turner. “Not only was there Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, but a few unconventional models were welcomed on the scene who broke the mold of how traditional beauty should look.”Turner credits unconventional models such as, Stacy McKenzie, an African American beauty with freckles, Omahyra Mota, an androgynous beauty and Emme, a full-figured beauty – all proved that women are uniquely beautiful. For others, the names Iman and Naomi Campbell come to mind. Both Iman and Naomi had unconventional bodies for the modeling world. “Iman had uniquely long limps and a long neck, that many thought would be a deterrent to the art,” says celebrity stylist and costume designer Okera Banks. “Naomi had a more muscular statue that those in the industry worried would show the garments she wore in an unflattering way.” “These two masterpieces did more than learn the trade and the craft of modeling,” says Banks who has worked with Garcelle Beauvais, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx, Robin Givens, LisaRaye McCoy, Niecy Nash, Chris Tucker and many more. Here are our style experts’ top unconventional model favorites:Cindy Joseph was discovered at age 49 - the same day that she cut off the last of her dyed hair and embraced going gray. She was spotted walking down a New York City street by a model casting agent and asked if she’d consider modeling. Days later, iconic fashion photographer Steven Meisel photographed Cindy for an international Dolce and Gabbana campaign and launched Cindy's instant career with Ford Models, Inc. Over the last 10 years, Cindy has been featured in beauty campaigns for Garnier, Nivea, Elizabeth Arden and Aveda, and has modeled for fashion clients such as Macy's, Bloomingdales, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, J. Crew and many more. In 2010, Cindy founded her own makeup line, BOOM! By Cindy Joseph, on the premise that natural, believable beauty is what truly makes a woman attractive.
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