The future of body representation on the catwalk is here. In what might be a historic moment for Chanel, Virginie Viard’s Autumn/Winter show included 26-year-old Jill Kortleve. Kortleve is the first plus-size model to walk for Chanel in over a decade, since Crystal Renn. The Dutch model took to Instagram to express her appreciation for Chanel and shared her experience in heartfelt words.
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I can’t believe this just happened but... to end this fashion month, I walked my first fashion show for @chanelofficial. I m so thankful for this moment to happen and for everybody who made this happen; There’s a much needed change happening on the runway and I’m proud and feel grateful to be a part of it. I truly hope that in the future I get to see and work with many more models who used to not fit the briefing This whole month has been a dream and I never expected that it was even possible for me to walk on the runway, let alone be included in the amazing shows this season. Thank you. My heart is filled with gratitude and love.
Kortleve has been making appearances at a number of major shows recently, including Alexander McQueen, Valentino and Fendi. Alongside fellow plus-size model Paloma Essler, she is at the forefront of a movement to change the way women are represented on the runway.
Body diversity is a topic of much debate, especially in regards to the term ‘plus-size’. Pioneer model and activist Ashley Graham is among the people who believe the terminology should be updated to reflect current views. Chanel’s move suggests that change is on the horizon, and for the better.
Lead image courtesy of Chanel.com.