For decades, the trend in fashion has been to be waif-thin. But plus-size models are – albeit slowly, these things do take time – changing the fashion industry.
More and more designers and brands have been embracing a growing demand for realistic imagery – seeing bodies we can relate to, not ones that make us want to cry into our bag of Cheetos (we’ve all been there).
There’s another post to come on this subject from a more personal perspective, but for now I give you a few of the curvy (eurgh – I do hate that word. Will welcome any better alternatives!) models who I’m a bit obsessed with right now.
Because seriously – how hot are these women? Major #bodygoals right here.
I interviewed Iskra a few weeks ago and was totally blown away – not just by how beautiful she is (and she really is), but by how passionately she speaks about body positivity and changing the industry for the better.
She blasts the use of Photoshop and airbrushing, showing off her incredible body in its natural, unretouched state.
Iskra is also an ambassador for the National Eating Disorder Association and was tapped to launch Runway Riot, a website to promote the acceptance of all body sizes.
… Can you tell I’m a fan?!
Ashley Graham might have one of the most beautiful faces I’ve ever seen. She featured in an advert in the Swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated and her career skyrocketed from there.
As well as her huge online presence, where she champions curvy women, she also travels the US meeting young women in high schools to discuss the importance of a positive body image.
Robyn made history when she became the first plus-size model to star in the Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated.
She’s since done tons of campaigns but I fell in love with her when she shared this pic celebrating her stretchmarks on Instagram, writing: “We put an unbelievable amount of ridiculous time consuming pressure on women to care so much about their flaws they forget how truly beautiful they (you) are today. ‘F**k them, who cares, be you, be loud, be proud. And put your efforts into skills that rely more on your physical self.” YES, Robyn!
Having worked for American Apparel, French model Clementine Desseaux caused a social media meltdown when news sites reported that she was the first plus-size model to be featured in a Christian Louboutin campaign.
The brand denied the claim, revealing that they were simply reposting a video that Clementine had shared, but excitement that the announced caused indicates the demand for a change in the fashion industry, IMHO…
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!! xx