Andreja Pejic, Ashley Graham Walk in H&M's Inclusive Paris Runway Show About 'Strength and Beauty'
By Stacy Lambe
Diversity was on full display as transgender, plus size and
veteran models walked the runway during H&M’s Paris Fashion Week show.
Amber Valletta, Andreja Pejic, Ashley Graham, Hari Nef, Jourdan
Dunn, Pat Cleveland and Soo Joo Park embodied the brand’s emphasis on woman’s individuality presented at the historic Bourse de Commerce on Wednesday.
“This collection is about the strength and beauty of women,
and how we express that power through our style,” Ann-Sofie Johansson,
H&M’s creative advisor, said in a statement to ET.
The show follows a breakout year for several of the models
seen on H&M’s runway.
In February, Graham became the first plus size model to
cover Sports Illustrated’s annual
swimsuit issue. "There is no perfect body, and we shouldn't be striving
for perfection anymore," she told ET leading up to the cover’s reveal.
Meanwhile, Nef and Pejic continue to break down barriers for
the transgender community. Pejic recently covered Marie Claire Spain, her first major cover since her transition,
calling it a “gate-opening moment for transgender models.”
"[It] gives me hope in showing that girls like us, are girls that are just as good," she said.