Is gender a myth? a social construct? Androgynous models believe so, and the fashion industry seems to slowly accept that concept with social media's nod of approval. Androgyny is no stranger to the fashion industry and is in no way a brand new phenomenon, however, as fashion month rolls in full swing it's important to look beyond the exquisite designs and captivating models—it's time to listen.
Androgynous models are slowly but surely blurring the gender line. Making a career of embracing their gender fluidity is shedding light on the injustice displayed based on gender in the fashion industry.When it comes to salary, expectations, and respect; the models have admitted having been met with different standards based on the gender they're channeling. Despite breaking through and creating names for themselves, models including Rain Dove, Andreja Pejic, Erika Linder, David Chiang, Satsuki Nakayama and Willy Cartier, still, face discrimination by many wildly known labels. Even though being an androgynous model sounds like having the best of both worlds—literally, the models still get instructed to be more powerful or act more delicate, showing that the stereotypical qualities for females and males still have to make an appearance in order to appeal to society's binding gender norms.
Rain Dove, the 27- year-old activist and model, for both womenswear and menswear shows, expresses her unapologetic attitude:"I'm 6-2 and I have muscles and I'm not sorry for it. If you want to talk about my biology, I'm female," she added."As a human, I should be able to wear what I want to wear." Dove claimed that she doesn't correct those who mistake her as a man as she's aware that people currently see gender based on clothes, which is something she's trying to change. Although clothes have taken a turn toward a gender-fluid design, Rain warns that gender fluidity shouldn't be seen as a trend. "We have to make sure it's not a gimmick, it's not about putting what we consider to be 'women' in a suit, and what we consider to be 'men' in a dress, it's about saying 'anyone can buy this product. We're not going to judge you.'"