Skin+Pepper at M/FW 2018
You’d hardly be able to tell that the latest member of the Skin+Pepper team was only 16 years old when he walked the runway at Melbourne Fashion Week last September. With the kind of dark curls hair stylists only dream of and a natural calmness and grace about his presence, our model Dexter is a force to be reckoned with on the fashion scene.
Walking in an astounding five catwalks, we were so proud to see him among some of Australia’s most-sought after models, wearing the country’s most exclusive designer brands. For those who attended the week-long event, you may have caught Dexter for the opening of Street Runway 1, Underground Runway 2, Street Runway 2, Student Townhall Runway 4 or the Closing Town Hall Runway.
Dexter’s ability to play chameleon, jumping from show to show and adapting to the tone and look of each brand, is testament to his natural ability and what we’re sure will be the reason for his growing success in the modelling industry. From street shows, to high-energy student shows and even walking in the final closing showcase, this boy did not disappoint on performance and fit seamlessly into the string of seasoned catwalk models.
And while we’re celebrating Dexter’s personal triumphs, we’re also excited for what this means for the Australian fashion industry. We’ve previously felt that the industry in this country has been slow to acknowledge and reflect the multiculturalism that’s evident in every aspect of Australian culture. Thankfully, as a MFW stylist and model casting panellist had put it “The industry has finally recognised the need for change.”
“It’s sad but it’s taken this long. It’s a very welcome change, and it was very evident at the casting. We had a huge cross-section of ages, cultural backgrounds, skin colour, and body shapes,” she claimed.
With a mix of ethnicities, ages and body shapes across the entire week, we can’t help but feel that there is more of a place for Skin+Pepper than there has ever been before.
For those of you who have followed us for a while and for those who are just getting to know us, thank you so much for joining us on this journey; a journey that brings us closer to inclusivity and fair representation each and every day. We know this isn’t the last you’ll see of Dexter, or any of the other S+P talent for that matter. Stay tuned for all the exciting things to come.