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Stunning models who rule the ramp

Last updated on: October 06, 2016 20:35 IST

12 models who prove that Dark is Always Beautiful.

Amid the controversy over actress Tannishta Chatterjee's appearance on a television show, it's time we change our attitudes.

Let's bid goodbye to our unhealthy obsession with fair skin.

Take a look at these women who have proved that you don't need to be light skinned to rule the ramp.

Rachel Bayros

IMAGE: Rachel Bayros is smoking hot on the runway.
The grace, poise and confidence with which she takes to the ramp is so awesome.
Rachel is the toast of the fashion circuit, and has walked the ramp for Abraham and Thakore, Sabyasachi, Ritu Kumar, Ritu Beri and Tarun Tahiliani among others.
Photograph: Kind Courtesy W Five Communication

Madhu Sapre

IMAGE: What a delight it is to feature Madhu Sapre in this list.
Madhu rewrote all the rules when she ruled the Indian fashion industry.
A Supermodel in the truest sense.
Photograph: Punit Paranjpe/Reuters

Tyra Banks

IMAGE: Tyra Banks is pulling all stops to wipe out racism from the fashion business.
She was the first black model to land a solo Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover in 1997.
Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Naomi Campbell

IMAGE: Naomi Campbell began her modelling career in 1986 and 30 years down the line, she's still a supermodel.
She created history by becoming the first black woman to feature on the cover of French Vogue in 1987.
Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Archana Akhil Kumar

IMAGE: Archana Akhil Kumar is one of the busiest Indian models.
Archana has been modelling since she was 20 and has worked with Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta and Tarun Tahiliani
Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com

Joan Smalls

IMAGE: When Joan Smalls started off, people barely knew her, but then she bagged a slew of luxury labels, and everything changed.
The face of Estee Lauder in 2011, she's the first Latin model to earn that title
Photograph: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Iman

IMAGE: Chanel Iman has apparently been told by designers, 'We have already found one black girl. We don't need you anymore.'
But she is a fighter, and has fought her way to the top.
Today, she is going all out to ensure that international modelling is as inclusive as possible.
Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Diandra

IMAGE: Diandra Soares is extremely comfortable in her skin and that's what makes her so special.
Photograph: Kind courtesy Divum Photography

Carol Gracias

IMAGE: A proud mom to a baby boy, Carol Gracias is a name to reckon with.
She made history by becoming the first Indian model to walk the runway flaunting her baby bump.
Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com

Jourdan Dunn

IMAGE: Jourdan Dunn was the Model of the Year at the 2015 British Fashion Awards.
She was also the first black model to walk the Prada runway in 10 years since Naomi Campbell.
Forbes listed her among the top-earning models, the first for a black supermodel.

Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

Surelee Joseph

IMAGE: Surelee Joseph is a regular at fashion weeks in Mumbai, Delhi and New York.
Photograph: Brian Ach/Getty Images

Ugochi Latoya

IMAGE: Back in 2015, Ugochi Latoya Igwilo was the first Nigerian model to walk the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week.
In her initial struggle years, not many designers were willing to work with her.
Today, she is the next big thing in fashion having walked for Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi and Tarun Tahiliani.
Photograph: Courtesy Lakme Fashion Week

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