Photographer Cris de Bos: "In an ideal world every day I would be amazed by the beauty of nature, would everyone be treated as equal, with respect and there would be no norm on how people are supposed to look or be. But that place doesn’t exist, not on this planet at least.
In an Ideal World...
Earth is getting destroyed and there’s still war, hate, racism, and discrimination every day. With me being gay, overweight, and having a handicap I know what it’s like to be treated differently, yet it has never defined me. But there are plenty of kids who struggle with this on a daily basis. There wasn’t much representation for me growing up. The same goes for the fashion industry. Fortunately, there is more diversity recently, but there are still not enough equal opportunities. Diversity is usually portraited very simple and pure, rarely in combination with high fashion or big concepts.
In his project, I’MPERFECT Chris shows five models in an ideal world with each their own unique stories and how they used it as their strength. And with success. These girls turned No’s into Yes’.
These Girls Turned No's Into Yes'
Marit Smit, born without a left hand a now a presenter, host, author, and owner of "Girlsofhonour.nl". Kim Feenstra is a successful international model and photographer. Kim was in a serious car accident when she was just eight months She became nearly deaf because of it.
Model and poet Padminie Gajadhar has Vitiligo. A skin condition where pigment disappears, making the native Hindustani Padminie slowly turn white. Padminie Gajadhar is the Ambassador of the Vitiligo Association.
Loiza Lamers is a transgender model gaining international success while spreading her message of equality, strength, and love to the masses. Fareda Johnson, is a model born with albinism and the founder of 'Golden Shade'; a charity focused on aiding children with albinism in Sierra Leone.
Marginpar sponsored several flowers for the shoot. The talented House or Artz turned them in a beautiful floral backdrop. Marginpar flowers used for this project are Jatropha Firecracker, Gypsophila Xlence, Dianthus, Hypericum, Solidago Carzan Glory, Craspedia Paintball Pop, Senecio Vergilius, and Eryngium Supernova Questar.
Photo credits: Cris de Bos