As many of us are well aware, for years it has been the norm for the fashion industry and media to portray women as stick thin figures that range from a size 0-4.(Straight models) However this only narrowly represents a portion of body shapes and sizes that exist amongst women. The message out there had always been how to get the ideal body…. or how to lose 25lbs in two weeks or how to make him fall for you, yet the message was never really about loving ones self, and embracing who they are. Luckily the times are a changing! Major companies such as American Eagle’s lingerie line Aerie have started incorporating models of all body sizes and leaving all of the finished photos untouched, allowing the true beauty of the models to shine through. This is monumental in the day and age of the Angel and having the ability to edit ones Instagram photos. The realization that people are not just copy print versions of each other is picking up steam. Models like Ashley Graham and Sabina Karlsson are both body image and body diversity activists. Not only has Ashley Graham been featured on various magazine covers, she also has her own Tedx talks series titled “Plus size? More like my Size.” in which she even attends high schools to spread the message. Model Sabina Karlsson has been featured in multiple documentaries explaining the struggles she faced during her time as a straight size model; this included being told countless times that she was too big to fit into the clothes at castings even though she was only a size 2. She is so thankful to have found the plus size modelling industry, because now she is allowed to embrace and just be herself. And that’s what it’s all about. Embracing who you are and not fitting into any societal mold, that the average individual doesn’t even fit into. An up and coming documentary “Straight/Curve” interviews multiple industry professionals on their opinion of the changing industry and what it means for the future. Let’s all be apart of this revolution! Embrace, live, love, laugh, accept; Building a body of confidence.
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