Still, Holmes believes there is significant room for better inclusion of differently-abled models and consumers in fashion. “When it comes to adaptive wear, it needs to be fashionable,” she says. In other words, inclusive designs should not feel like an afterthought. “A lot of times you see adaptive fashion and it’s not very fashionable. It needs to be the stuff where everyone’s like, oh my gosh, it’s this season’s ‘it jacket.’ And maybe it’s an adaptive version of it—whether it’s not having buttons or having magnetic closures on the jacket. There’s simple things that can be added to make it adaptive.
There are brands Holmes feels have made meaningful efforts towards inclusivity. “I love the fact that Skims came out with an adaptive series,” she says of the shapewear company, which released adaptive bras and panties earlier this year. “Kim Kardashian definitely hit the mark on the head.”
Holmes dreams of modeling for a luxury fashion brand one day—“like the Diors or the Chanels.” But her dream gig is for the British designer Stella McCartney. “I’m vegan, she’s vegan,” Holmes says. “Her head office is actually not far from my house. Everytime I pass it I hope that she might spot me.”
For her own style, Holmes likes to keep things fun, colorful, and spontaneous. “I really don’t plan out what I wear the days before,” Holmes says. She’ll wear a disco-ready sequin jumpsuit one day and an Ivy Park bodysuit paired with vegan-leather sneakers the next. “I really don’t follow trends,” Holmes says. “It’s so much more interesting to be yourself. You’ll probably end up matching the trend, by accident, anyway.”
Holmes’ biggest love? Heels. “The higher, the better,” she says, laughing. “I don’t have to walk in them, so it really doesn’t matter.”