This Queer Modeling Agency Is Defying Gender & Beauty Standards and We're Obsessed

This Queer Modeling Agency Is Defying Gender & Beauty Standards and We're Obsessed

"We hope to inspire clients, people, brands, and others who feel different to always celebrate their uniqueness."

Photo: Paul Brickman

For the past decade, modeling agencies have consistently claimed that they’re attempting to showcase more diversity, but when you look online and in magazines, the vast majority of models still fit the typical model mold: light-skinned, sharp and angular facial features, tall, lean for women, muscular for men, etc. While positive change is happening in the right direction, the media and modeling agencies can absolutely do better.

Zand Wagon is a prime example of a modeling agency that is doing better. It is a new agency that’s going above and beyond to break beauty standards, showcasing all races, ages, shapes, sizes, and genders. The agency encourages its talent to embrace being themselves. To embrace being gender-bending, queer, punk, goth, or anything else.

I spoke with Kayvon Zand, the creator of Zand Wagon, asking him what he hoped to achieve with the agency. He replied, “We hope to not only lead our talent to more opportunity but a larger audience where they can share their stories and personal beauty. We hope to inspire clients, people, brands, and others who feel different to always celebrate their uniqueness.”    

Here are just some of the talent at Zand Wagon!