The Fall shows may have come and gone, but the debate around model casting is far from over. Young models are nothing new. Still, sweeping change has come to the modeling industry in the past two years. Moreover, the new standard seems to have opened up a larger conversation around age inclusivity on the runway: The Fall shows in New York were the most diverse when it came to age. In Europe, major fashion players have gotten on board.
Whenever we think about supermodels, our thoughts about them are rather narrow and we are not well cultured. We only usually think about supermodels who live in the United States or in Brazil. But the world does have a lot of beautiful models who are often overlooked in favor of these models because of their location and possibly lack of opportunity and promotion in the Western Hemisphere. However, Europe has a history of having beautiful models.
In the fashion world, Alisa Samsonova is described as an angel. The portfolio of this young model from the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk contains shoots for world-famous brands, and her schedule is planned to the minute months in advance. Perhaps even more remarkably, despite her success, she leads an ordinary childhood existence, slogging away at her studies and sports training, and sometimes even misbehaving during shoots. Back then, Alisa was rather sullen and unsociable, so her parents had no particular hopes. But right after the casting they received a call from the organizers inviting Alisa to her first shoot, as well as dancing and acting classes.