Not so ordinary models part 2

Once we already talked about really special looking models, people who couldn’t just fit in with their extraordinary look. In the previous article, most of them were born with their unusual look, while some of the following models have changed by choose.

Alex Minsky

Alex was an American Marine who lost his right foot during the war in Afghanistan and because of that he spent 58 days in a coma, then retired. The war veteran started working out in a Los Angeles gym for a full recovery and met his first photographer he thought he was just a pushy guy, who fallt for him, but Alex turned out to be wrong. The pictures of him went viral and the ex-soldier, now a well-know model and he’s got a New York fashion week behind him.

Jilian Mercado

Jillian is a fashion blogger and model girl with muscular dystrophy who lives her day in a weelhchair. She started as a campaign face for Diesel, and only a year later she got signed to a world-wide model agency, IMG. She claims she accomplished everything thanks to her positive attitude, as she was already using the “dare to dream big or go home” motto during the Diesel campaign.

Rick Genest

Rick Genest, known as Zombie Boy. At the age of 16, he got the very first tattoo of his life, what was a skull on his left shoulder. At the age of 20, he met tattoo artist Frank Lewis and has since done all his tattoos. It took six years to complete and create the tattoos that covered his entire body, costing $ 17,000. In March 2010, a Facebook fan page was created for Zombie Boy’s fantastic tattoo. More than one and a half million people followed the site, and the page was discovered by Lady Gaga’s fashion designer. Nicola contacted with Rick and this is how the he got a role in Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” music video. He also appeared in Vogue Hommes Japan, Style, Tattoo, and Slave magazine and participated in an advertising campaign promoting a foundation. In 2012, he even got a small role in Keanu Reeves’ movie; 47 Ronin. With the involvement of a toy company, Rick released even limited edition dolls of him. Unfortunately Rick Genest passed away in 2018.

Rebekah Marine

Rebekah Marine wished to be a model since she was a little child and nothing could stop her not even the fact that she was born without a right forearm. Her mother took her to auditions, but she was rejected everywhere, saying she had no future in the business, but as a magical turn at the age of 22, Rebekah received a bionic arm, which gave her hope and confidence, and re-embarked on the realization of her big dreams and set off on the rugged path of modelling. At the age of 28, she was a model at New York Fashion Week. Rebekah also became the face of Touch Bionics, a company specializing in bionic artificial limbs and she was the face of the Lucky Fin Project too. Now she’s fighting to appear on Vogue. And a few months ago Rebekah became a proud mother to her son Jackson.

Andrej Pejić

Andrej Pejić, now known as Andreja, is a transgender model who until four years ago was known as a male and female model. Born in Serbia, Andrei emigrated to Australia with his family, where he was discovered by his first agent. Although at first he was predicted to be only a male runway model, but eventually the female market accepted him as well. Working with Andreja really worth it to the Fashion Houses, as they get practically two for the price of a model. The success find Andreja in 2011 as she was voted one of the 100 sexiest women in the world by Americans. Of course, when it turned out that this extremely sexy woman was actually a guy, the voters were a little overwhelmed. In 2014, Pejic decided to live his life as a transgender woman. Since then, she has been featured in Vogue’s May 2015 issue, and her career has continued to rise. Andrea’s current dream is to join the Victria’s Secret angel once.

Not so ordinary models part 1 – previous article