The fashion industry is under attack, and rightfully so. After decades of perpetuating the same unattainable beauty standards – white, young, tall, dangerously skinny – it is finally being told, point-blank, that attractiveness is a way more far-reaching concept than we’ve been lead to believe.
We now see people from all walks of life stepping into the spotlight and proudly redefining what the term ‘model’ means: from 56-year-old women rocking lingerie ad campaigns to girls with autism strutting the catwalk, to plus-size men garnering the attention of world’s largest modeling agencies…
At 3ft 4 inches, Los Angeles-based Dru Presta is here to challenge yet another fashion industry stereotype – height.
Presta was born with achondroplasia, which is a form of short-limbed dwarfism. Originally from Reno, Nevada, she admits to being bullied for the better part of her life just because she looked different than everyone else. The bad hometown experience encouraged Dru to search for luck someplace else, that’s how she ended up in LA.
While studying Fashion Marketing and Management at The Art Institute of California, Dru discovered her own passion for modeling, which now seems like it could shape up to be a successful career. She describes herself as a “body positive model” whose goal is to show everyone that positive attitude and confidence are key in this life. Speaking to Barcroft TV, Presta explained:
“I decided to get into this field because I don’t want anyone else to feel like they can’t express themselves the way I did back home.
I want my photos to show that you can be sexy at any size. You can be super duper tall at 6’4″ and you can be 3’4″ and you can still look so sexy and cute and beautiful in your own way. As long as you see yourself for who you are, that’s sexy.”
Presta has garnered the attention of several media outlets, and we’re sure it won’t be long before she gets a solid modeling deal. According to Dru, her dream is for the fashion industry to be accepting of absolutely everyone: “I want anybody to be able to walk that runway – whether you see them rolling down the runway in your wheelchair or on crutches,” she says.
Happy birthday Eve to me!! ? 2️⃣2️⃣ I don’t care, ??♀️this picture took a year for me to post because of how uncomfortable I felt back then. I knew my body and yes I loved it, but seeing it on camera and what I see in the mirror is completely different. How would they react? Especially a little person doing all this? This photo shoot started it all. ? A year before this photo was taken I barely knew the understanding of accepting yourself. I lost a lot of weight compared to then and now. I definitely know and can see a difference. But that’s only growing up and going through life’s roller coasters. I’ve lost friends this year, rekindled old ones, and made new ones. Who cares want everyone else wants, it’s what YOU WANT. ??? The life I wanted has already begun, and it’s just beginning. ???