It’s been a year of peaks and valleys for diversity in fashion (and pretty much everything else, too).
Inclusivity rose at Fashion Week, but an alarming number of magazines failed to use a single model of color on covers the whole year. Ashley Graham starred on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, but some designers flat out refused to send clothing for her groundbreaking cover of British Vogue.
So now more than ever, it feels necessary to take a look back at the beautiful, inspired, forward-thinking campaigns and imagery that did show up in our social media feeds, on YouTube and across the internet this year.
See 29 of our favorites below.
1. Actress/model Hari Nef for Mansur Gavriel
Huffine has worked with Mango and its “full figure” line for quite some time, including this bikini shoot in April.
5. Brandon Maxwell’s stunning debut campaign
Despite starring on Clairol’s “hottest-selling box” in the 1970s, Norman’s modeling career was halted in the ‘80s when she was outed as transgender. She made her triumphant return to modeling in August as the face of Nice N’ Easy’s “Color as Real as You Are” campaign.
8. Candice Huffine for RACHEL Rachel Roy Curve
Rachel Roy’s first curve line debuted in February. “A big part of developing this line was about listening,” she said. “Listening to the marketplace, listening to what was going on in culture, and listening to the women who have been asking us to do this for years.”
9. Veronica Webb for Sophie Theallet
In January, Ferreira joined a long list of models who have posed in unretouched ads for Aerie.
11. Iskra Lawrence for Aerie
The rad feminist ad, which debuted in September, features the likes of Hari Nef, Lauren Hutton and Jillian Harvey showing us that being a “lady” means doing whatever the hell you want.
14. Phyllis Sues and Roberta Haze for Karen Walker
Sues, 98 and Haze, 78, were featured in a campaign focused on the beauty of aging hands in August.
15. Paloma Elesser for Nike
This image of Bidot with unretouched stretch marks was released in December. “We at Lane Bryant simply believe that all women should be seen and celebrated as they are,” said company exec Brian Beitler.
17. Shea Moisture’s “What’s Normal?” campaign
Kardashian’s denim line, which runs from sizes 0-24, launched in October with imagery of diverse women.
20. James Charles for CoverGirl
The relatable and empowering ad, featuring women of all different shapes and sizes, was released in August.
22. Denise Bidot, Iskra Lawrence, Charli Howard and more for the All Woman Project
Graham has fronted plenty of fashion campaigns, but this one ― for an H&M line that is not specifically plus-size ― was pretty major.
24. Torrid’s epic denim campaign
This majorly inclusive ad, which ran in July, features women from sizes 10-30.
25. Naja’s “Nude for all” amazingness
Naja launched its “Nude for All” campaign in May, featuring seven different options for skin tones.
26. Modcloth’s lovely as ever swimsuit shoot
Modcloth solidified its reputation as one of the most inclusive brands out there with yet another swimsuit shoot featuring its employees as well as some of its shoppers.
27. Bobbi Brown’s “Be Who You Are” campaign
Bobbi Brown, who announced Monday she is leaving her namesake beauty company, went out with a beautifully diverse celebration of the brand’s 25th anniversary.