Curvy Models: Embrace your beauty
Denise Bidot, Ashley Graham, Tara Lynn, Mia Tyler… These are the names of a few plus-sized models that have taken the fashion world by storm. With their voluptuous bodies and carefree attitude, they have managed to represent the everyday woman; the real everyday woman, who has a normal body with a bit of excess fat, cellulite and weight fluctuations. However, is the fashion world ready to accept this kind of bodies as normal or will they forever be considered plus-size?
All female bodies are beautiful and there is not a perfect size or perfect body measurements so it’s crucial that we avoid indulging in a battle between sizes. As many models admit “some women are built like straight-size models and some are built bigger”. What matters most is the acceptance of a different kind of model standard, away from dangerous stereotypes like the infamous “thigh gap” that most teenage girls obsess about. It’s OK to work towards beautifying yourself and being the best version of you, to care about your appearance and the way you are presented. What is not OK is the constant effort to belittle others because of their bodies, to make them feel shameful of what they are, to project your own idea of beauty on them and to mess with their self-esteem.
That is unfortunately the case of many fashion brands that continue to promote thinness on all levels, that only worship models of a certain size and type of beauty, that only carry in their stores one size that fits all. By doing that, they refuse to accept that everyone is different, that despite the mass production of fashion items there is a great need for variety and respect of all sizes.
Thankfully, in recent years, some brands have taken the risk to branch out and reach the everyday woman by creating clothes that fit better, look better and flatter most body types. These lines of clothes, known as “plus sized”, have recruited curvy models to appeal to the general audience. These models don’t have the standard perfect body; they have soft feminine curves and an earthlier kind of beauty. They speak to the woman who wants to look and feel good no matter what type of clothes she wears, the woman who wants to fit in in a society that prefers models and women with an unattainable sense of beauty.
At first, curvy models were met with disbelief from the public, especially after reports that claimed that the plus –sized fashion world was not filled with rose petals. To be specific, many curvy models expressed that clients asked them to lose weight and to use padding to make their clothes fit better, which was essentially against the general concept of accepting a more voluptuous, real body with all of its flaws and imperfections. Little by little, these companies changed their ways and began to accept models of bigger sizes. Thus, it is not uncommon nowadays to not distinguish models in plus size or not (as is the case with the latest Calvin Klein campaign) and to see healthier bodies not only on catalogues but on the runway too like Kate Upton and Lara Stone.
To conclude, it is a very important matter to promote good health and positive attitude rather than stay focused on sizes. Being curvy is not synonymous with being unhealthy just as it is not synonymous with being more feminine. The female form has many sizes and luckily, we can all embrace them for what they are and honor their beauty.