This Video Is Redefining Our Idea Of Beauty

This video may just get you thinking. 

The striking film goes behind the scenes of their September issue photoshoot, and allows you to meet some new faces – each as beautiful as the next, but equally each challenging what’s commonly accepted as ‘traditional’ beauty. 

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These images, and the voices behind them, tell a very important story. 

Speaking to Marie Claire, this 21-year-old Latvian blogger opens up about being a tattooed woman in a world that sees tattooed people as less beautiful than others.



 

Although tattoos have become much more socially accepted of late, Monami Frost explores how her choice of building up her own artwork all over her body means that she is seen in a very different way, with a lot of people being ‘shocked’ at seeing her body modification.

The young mum reveals: “The worst part is where they start judging me as a person and a parent…” 

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Next up is Harnaam Kaur, who explains that her facial hair is the result of polycystic ovary syndrome that she was diagnosed with at the age of 11.



 

She is now 24-years-old, and a body-confidence activist.

Speaking with the glossy, she said: “I didn’t notice the side effect of excess facial hair until other people pointed it out. Initially, I hated the hair – it’s so linked to masculinity that it caused me a lot of self-esteem issues….”



 

Taylor Crisp, 26, is a model for Suicide Girls. And her choice of vocation is definitely a meaningful and personal one. 

She explains: “I was born with Femur Fibula Ulna syndrome, which is a shortening of the bones. I was called names like “peg leg” at school, which was upsetting.

“I still get the name calling, but what hurts more is when people say I should have more dignity, and not really show myself off in “certain ways”. That’s part of the reason I decided to venture into lingerie modelling – to offer another point of view on sexuality…”



 

Munroe Bergdorf is a DJ from east London.

She opens up about her early years: “I was bullied when I was younger for being “different” and effeminate. But as I got older, it escalated into feeling generally unsafe. It’s not a period of my life I’d ever wish to repeat, but it made me realise that the reason [behind the] bullying was actually what makes me special.”

Monroe’s story is an inspiring lesson of learning to love yourself for who you really are.

You can watch the full video at MarieClaire.co.uk. 

By Laura Jane Turner

Photography: PEROU

Interviews: Anita Bhagwandas

Photography director: Sian Parry
Stylist: Grace Smitham