To the surprise of many, size inclusivity was apparent at Paris Fashion Week this season in many small ways — one of those was the Chanel runway show, where Dutch model Jill Kortleve was cast to walk the show for the first time.
With this move, Jill became the first curve model to walk Chanel’s prestigious show in over a decade, according to Cosmopolitan.
Jill’s presence at Paris Fashion Week this season made a huge impact. Together with Paloma Elsesser, the models made history at Fendi for being the first plus models to be cast by the fashion house. Jill Kortleve also walked for brands like Jacquemus, Valentino, and Alexander McQueen this season.
Following the end of fashion month, Jill took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the Chanel show and all her fashion week experiences as a whole. “I can’t believe this just happened but… to end this fashion month, I walked my first fashion show for [Chanel]. I’m so thankful for this moment to happen and for everybody who made this happen,” she wrote.
“There’s a much needed change happening on the runway and I’m proud and feel grateful to be a part of it. I truly hope that in the future I get to see and work with many more models who used to not fit the briefing,” she then added. “This whole month has been a dream and I never expected that it was even possible for me to walk on the runway, let alone be included in the amazing shows this season. Thank you. My heart is filled with gratitude and love.”
The post was hit with love from some of the biggest names in the plus community. Supermodel Candice Huffine commented, “Wow wow wow wow!!!! Congrats babe!!!!!!” while Felicity Hayward wrote, “Insane! I’m so proud of you.”
Jill’s presence in the show is certainly a win for curve models. Being cast by a brand as iconic as Chanel could spark a shift in the brand’s view and representation of body types. Of course, it should be noted that Jill is on the smaller side of the spectrum of plus-size, which many have raised questions about online.
Regardless, bearing in mind that European fashion weeks — particularly Paris — have long only used size zero models, Jill’s casting marks a huge change for the brand and industry as a whole. We’re only hoping September fashion month will be even more inclusive!
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