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5 Unconventional Beauties Taking the Modeling World by Storm

Ajak Deng, Issa Lish, Myla Delbasio, Ally Ertel, and Magdalena Jasek are five unconventional beauties embraced by the modeling industry.

Released on 2/11/2016

Credits

Starring: Ajak Deng, Issa Lish, Myla Delbasio, Ally Ertel, and Magdalena Jasek
Producer: Frances Li
Writer: Sarah Leon

Transcript

00:02
I get a lot of comments like,
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cuz like, my Instagram is called IssaAlien,
00:07
cuz that's what people used to call me in school,
00:10
just cuz I grew up like, really skinny.
00:13
It's interesting how your
00:16
ideas of beauty change over time.
00:19
I thought, like, you need to be skinny, blonde, tall.
00:23
Yeah it'd be nice, please get leverage.
00:24
Why can't we all have these little unique
00:27
quirks about us?
00:28
They told me, like, Oh, you're so unique.
00:30
You're so, like, special.
00:32
I don't think I look that weird.
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(laughter)
00:35
To feel like,
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it's important that I'm part of the fashion industry
00:40
because there's no one else out there that looks like me,
00:44
is, it's crazy, because so many women in America
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look just like me.
00:49
I always get so many comments like, Oh I'm an alien too.
00:51
Like, Rather be that than like Martha the boring girl.
00:55
I was like, wow, the fact that they actually chose me.
00:59
Um, it must appeal to them that I represent them
01:02
in such a positive way.
01:03
Some clients think I'm too thin.
01:05
Some clients think I'm too curvy in the hips.
01:08
Like, you just have to be yourself.
01:09
I think I have a great body.
01:11
I think that I look great, I'm fit, I'm athletic.
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As you feel you're special, you're unique,
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you're beautiful.
01:19
Those are kinda the things that the fashion industry
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is like, Oh, I really love that.
01:22
As tall as I am, I shouldn't be wearing heels every day.
01:25
But I love intimidating men.
01:27
There's always gonna be a hater saying like,
01:29
Why are you model?
01:31
Or, but like.
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My question is Why are you,
01:35
Why are you not a model?
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(laughter)