Some of us have surely dreamt of being scouted on a coffee run or while enjoying a romantic Mexican dinner for one. But what if we told you an agent handing over her card is likelier to happen now more than ever? Here, 10 times civilians just like us were recruited to walk the runway—and to, perhaps, usher in a more democratic age in fashion.
To quote Rae Sremmurd, "that girl is a real crowd-pleaser." "That girl" in this instance refers to sexagenarian Jaclyn O'Shaughnessy, who's walked multiple seasons and strode out in the most recent show wearing *the* only mauve coat that matters. And this won't be the last time she and other women of diverse ages and sizes were included—designer Ryan Lobo has been making a point of it for the last five years.
"Is that the Hot Felon?" you might ask. Yes, it is indeed Jeremy Meeks, who Blue Steel-ed it up amongst the parkour people flipping around the jungle-gym-like set. Which is interesting when you think about how cultural and social cachet have become increasingly important in the casting process.