Models call for age diversity at London Fashion Week

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Five models, aged 47-65, have called for more age diversity on the cat walk.

During a demonstration, organised by online retailer JD Williams, at London Fashion Week the models protested why models’ workloads decrease with age.

“Women don’t suddenly stop wearing or buying clothes after their twenties, so why isn’t this reflected in the models used in fashion shows?” asked model Jilly Johnson, 63.

“We’ve started to be more inclusive when it comes to ethnicities and disabilities on the runway – which is fantastic – but why not all ages?”

Timeless beauty

During London Fashion Week 2017 designer Simone Rocha, featured three older models in her lineup to showcase her AW17 collection – Benedetta Barzini, Marie-Sophie Wilson and Jan de Villeneuve.

Benedetta Barzini

In her heyday Benedetta was named as Harper’s Bazaar’s 100 Most Beautiful Women in the World, in 1966.

London Fashion Week
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Marie-Sophie Wilson

During her modeling career Marie-Sophie Wilson was photographed by Peter Lindbergh and Mario Testino and used to describe her style as ‘punk’.

London Fashion Week
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Jan de Villeneuve

Jan was photographed by David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, during her time as a model. In the 1960s she featured on the cover of Vogue.

London Fashion Week
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