Fashion show in Nashville features all-inclusive models

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (WTVF) — A fashion blogger is challenging the norm in the industry.

From her purple hair to “loud” clothes, Alicia Searcy isn’t afraid to make a statement, but that wasn’t always the case.

The Ashland City resident was born with cerebral palsy and is wheelchair and walker dependent.

Growing up with a fashion model as a mother, Searcy says she was criticized for her appearance.

“For a long, long time I didn’t bother with fashion and was a slob,” said Searcy. “people weren’t treating me well and not talking to me because I was in a wheelchair and I thought this was ridiculous so I decided to do something to change it.”

Searcy started dressing with intention and says she noticed it changed the way people interacted with her which eventually changed the way she saw herself.

She decided to start the fashion blog “Spashionista” which is

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IMG Models’ Lisa Benson on her journey through the world of fashion

Lisa Benson is Vice President at IMG Models. Photo courtesy IMG Models / Thomas Herd

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The digital age and the social media boom that followed have left their impact on nearly every industry under the sun, and the fashion industry is no exception.

A crucial component of fashion, and arguably a sub-genre of it, is modeling. As an industry, it is valued at about $8 billion, which in turn means many parties have vested interest in it doing well.

Naturally, the world of modeling has experienced its own evolution in response to digitalization and the widespread use of social media campaigns by brands.

One key player in modeling has seen it all—Lisa Benson, with her nearly 19 years of experience has witnessed everything from changes in style, looks, scouting, and how jobs are executed and distributed.

Having started her professional career

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The Best-Dressed Models, Editors, and Designers at Men’s Fashion Week Share the Stories Behind Their Looks

Does this represent a typical look for you, or do you like to try new things during Fashion Week?

I’m pretty chill when it comes to getting dressed: a pair of shorts, a simple T-shirt, a sweater, a jacket. Lots of layers. I’m very much a West Coast dresser, and this is the amped-up fashion version of that. I bike, walk, scooter, and run from show to appointment to show, which is how I get around [the city] at any time of year. So with anything I’m wearing, I have to make sure it’s functional. That said, there have been reports of me biking around in a Thom Browne skirt…

Do you remember when this photo was taken, where you were going, or the shows you saw that day?

This was taken right outside Kim Jones’s spring 2020 show for Dior Men, the one when he worked with Daniel Arsham.

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‘Female Models Get Paid More’ When Nadal’s Striking Take On Gender Pay Gap Split The Internet

Recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) disclosed the annual contracts for the members of the Indian women’s cricket team. They organised the players into three categories A, B, and C with fixed contracts of Rs. 50 Lakh, Rs. 30 Lakh, and Rs. 10 Lakh, respectively.

A month ago, the BCCI had practiced a similar exercise for the men’s team as well, while segregating the Men in Blue into four categories, A+, A, B and C with contracts worth Rs. 7 Crore, Rs. 5 Crore, Rs. 3 Crore and Rs. 1 Crore, respectively.

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