Sunday, October 13, 2013

In Loving Memory

A big part of what got me interested in models as a child was my mother who at the time and still is one of the most influential and beautiful people to have touched my life. This morning I received news that my grandmother had passed away at the age of 92 years. For the most part I have kept my personal life separate from IMA's posts but feel that this occasion warrants revealing a little more of myself than I normally would otherwise. My grandmother comes from a mixture of Chinese and German bloodlines. Growing up as a child in Papua New Guinea and later in Australia, she felt ostracised by the Asian and Caucasian communities because of the fairness and the darkness of her skin. My grandmother raised and supported a family of seven children selflessly, and I have fond memories of being looked after by her while my parents travelled extensively abroad. Being bi-racial or different in anyway presents many challenges in a society that enforces narrow standardised concepts of beauty on women. I am grateful to my grandmother and to my mother who instilled the basic concepts of kindness, empathy, and an openness to people's differences that have served as guiding principles through my own life. In tribute to my grandmother, IMA presents this stunning portfolio lensed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott for Interview Magazine of some of fashion's most beautiful outcasts.

Joan Smalls
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - thefashionspot.com

Kristen MacMenamy
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - thefashionspot.com

Sam Rollinson
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - thefashionspot.com

Karen Elson
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - thefashionspot.com

Anja Rubik
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - thefashionspot.com

Saskia de Brauw
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - thefashionspot.com

Maria Carla Boscono
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - thefashionspot.com

Karmen Pedaru
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - thefashionspot.com

Stella Tenant
Photographer - Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott
Source - thefashionspot.com

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