The lookbook attempts to challenge the fashion industry’s preference for tall, willowy models by promoting the summer collection on beautiful models of all ages and size — including women over 40, over six foot, under five foot, and fitting a size 18. Oh, and Paralympian athlete Stefanie Reid looks every inch the glamour girl in this shoot, too.
As Franklin explains, “To showcase the range of sizes and labels at Debenhams this season, I chose models to inspire us with their own unique looks and personalities. I loved seeing the way that clothes emboldened each woman and man, and I loved being on a shoot where no two models were the same. As a commentator on the importance of seeing a broader range of body and beauty ideals in our media, I never underestimate the power of great clothes to bolster self-esteem, or the impact of imagery that celebrates difference.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Photograph by Danno Watts
Underwater model Hannah Fraser swims with a whale shark in Oslob, Philippines, for a one-of-a-kind photo-session. The stunt was the brainchild of US photographers Shawn Heinrichs and Kristian Schmidt.
Picture: Kristian Schmidt / Barcroft Media