Posts Tagged ‘Ford Models’

Let’s get physical with ALDA

January 28th, 2015 4:55 pm

When Ford Models took the decision to close its plus size division in the Summer of 2013, five of its former models decided to get together and form a collaboration to represent and show beauty without barriers.

In a very short period of time, the group have made waves (literally) in the industry , naming themselves the appropriate ALDA (which means “wave” in Icelandic.) Co-founders Ashley Graham, Inga Eiriksdottir, Julie Henderson, Marquita Pring, and Danielle Redman say they’re staying “ahead of the curve by embracing their curves.”  Since ALDA formed, not only have the models signed to the IMG model agency, but they have been sent to regular-size castings on numerous occasions. Three of the models appeared in the ground breaking VOGUE shoot from 2014. Ashley Graham has appeared on the cover of Elle Quebec and all of the women are continuing to pave the way for plus models everywhere.

The February issue of BUST magazine stars all five models in a photo shoot that can only be described as refreshing and inspiring. The 10-page “Let’s Get Physical” editorial is full of the gorgeous plus-size models being active and exuding confidence and body positivity.  Graham says, “What ALDA wants to do is change the perception of what beauty is, whether that’s a different age, a different race, or a different size. Changing what’s going on in fashion is going to end up changing the world.”

All bodies are different and it’s pretty amazing to see how that is represented in the pages of a magazine like BUST. It’s wonderfully encouraging to see such strong women use their bodies and minds to influence how other women see themselves, and maybe , just maybe they are even changing the way the media perceive women’s body shapes ??

Gary’s Model Life-View

March 25th, 2011 11:06 am

We’re having a lot of fun with our latest blog feature in which we bring interesting people closer to you!

Recently, Gary Dakin lent his usual mix of humour and humanity to Anna’s questionnaire.

Gary Dakin runs Ford 12+ with Ford Models in New York– the most famous plus-size division in the world! He represents Crystal Renn (he even walked her down the aisle at her wedding) and Tara Lynn, among others, and is responsible for their increased visibility in mainstream media.

He has always championed plus models in the fashion industry, and equality in the world overall.

Gary With His Girls

What is your favourite part of your body?
Does my voice count? If not, then my lips.

Gary Oscars: Favourite male actor/ favourite female actress?
Colin Firth this year and, of course, Natalie Portman.

Where will you be in 5 years?
Ushering in the next stars of the industry during the week and relaxing on the beach on the weekends.

What would be your dream date?
Ice skating in Central Park followed by a nice walk through the snow toward Bethesda Fountain. (Actually happened!)

What superpower would you like to possess?

What is your favourite movie?
Dangerous Liasons

What is your favourite restaurant?
LaConde Verde in NYC.

What has been your greatest achievement?
Having been a part of a movement that accepts women of all sizes in more areas of fashion than ever before.

What has been your happiest moment?
They keep getting better, so I will let you know when the big one comes!

What is your greatest fear?
That the happiest moment occurred and I didn’t recognize it.

Which living person do you most admire and why?
My mother. She has always pushed me to get the hell out and live my dreams whether I was afraid or not. She continues to inspire me with her support and love always!

What trait do you most dislike about yourself?
I am quite possibly the most stubborn person you will ever meet.

What makes you sad?

How do you relax?
Rose on the beach with friends.

Who is your favourite designer?

Heels or flats?
Women should always have a HOT pair of heels in their bag if not on their feet!

Black or white?

Where would you like to be right now?
Here in NYC.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
“No” is not an option.

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who stood up against inequality and hopefully made even a small difference.

What is your favourite song?
“Dear Mr. President”.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
The inability for others to be self-aware.

Have you ever said “I love you” and not meant it?
Hel-lo, I am in fashion.  ;-)

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
REALLY bad TV, and shopping.

What is the worst thing anyone ever said to you?

What is your idea of happiness?
Fire Island at 7am with my dog, a cup of tea and no one in sight.

What do you appreciate most in your friends?
They call it like it is and always listen to me even if they couldn’t care less about how “tough” my day was.

If not yourself, who would you like to be?
Pretty content to be me. Wouldn’t mind being me with a little more cash though.


© Anne Kroul, 2013.