Back in the 1970s, Grace Jones was a pioneer. Her chiseled cheekbones and androgynous mien turned gender expectations inside-out and caught the attention of everyone from Helmut Newton to Karl Lagerfeld. She graced the covers of Elle and Vogue, walked the runways of Yves Saint Laurent and modeled for Azzedine Alaia. Over the years, androgynous models would follow in her footsteps one by one, here and there, but it wasn’t until Riccardo Tisci discovered Lea T and cast her as the face of Givenchy in 2010 that a new movement was born–one that included the likes of Andreja Pejic and Casey Legler, who broke the mold in 2012 when she became the first woman to sign exclusively as a male model. Times, they are a-changing.
To find out which other models are breaking barriers and taking names, check out the slideshow below.