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BEYOND THE SURFACE

WORDS & STYLING BY ELIZABETH CABRAL
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIK TANNER

She identifies her heritage as Native Indian, Black Canadian, Irish and Italian. There is no one box for her to check, and she does not conform to the fashion industries idealistic beauty standards. She is the face of the future! With a multi-ethnic background and distinguishable characteristics, Aleece Wilson’s diverse beauty has brought her to the attention of industry heavyweights such as Marc Jacobs, Fabien Baron and Vogue. As fashion (and the world) embraces – albeit far too slowly – a more inclusive beauty aesthetic, Wilson has never felt more confident or beautiful and is proud to say “there is no one like me”.

archival commes des garÇons jacket, albright fashion library.

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With her fiery red hair and a multitude of freckles, modeling never occurred to Aleece. “I never thought I was pretty enough to be a model, [because] I never saw models who looked like me.” While unique beauties like Alex Wek, Stacey McKenzie and Adwoa Aboah have forged a path of beauty inclusion before her, it’s up to women like Wilson with a pointed perspective on beauty, to use their confidence and modern social platforms for purpose. Showing the generations ahead of her that being unique is reason to be celebrated, and sameness is rather forgettable.

 

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jacket & dress: archival comme des garÇons, albright fashion library.

…sameness is rather forgettable

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MODEL: ALEECE WILSON, ELITE
MAKEUP: CAROLINA DALI, THE WALL GROUP
HAIR: MICHAEL SILVA, THE WALL GROUP

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