One of the most popular contestants in the four-and-a-half-year run of ‘America’s Next Top Model’ suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, a neurological disorder considered a form of autism. There’s a profile of her in today’s New York Times.
The database at the modeling agency Ugly NY is worth a browse, both as a showcase of an array of unique faces and as an overview of the varied ways in which people who fall outside the normal idea of beauty represent themselves commercially.
The tumblelog Ugly has a brief but positive review of the film “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus” (2006), a highly fictionalized story of the photographer Arbus, known for her portraits of people on the fringes of society. This trailer is enough to entice me.