Firstly, what do you think constitutes as plus size?
When did a normal, average sized girl become plus size? I have clients that look at these “plus size” girls and say they would LOVE their body’s. They’re gorgeous, curvy and have a butt most of us would kill for!
Society and the modelling work has fed us so much bull shit about what is healthy, beautiful and right. Well, judging by how many models died from being whatever size comes before zero. Double zero? Minus one? Yes, we don’t trust their take on healthy and normal thank you. There is more to health than your size. Some girls are a zero and have such high cholesterol because all they eat are fast food, ice cream, doughnuts, coke, drink and smoke. Someone quadruple their size can eat clean, healthy meals, water, no smoke or drink and have much healthier test scores. We put so much emphasis on the way we look, and we are programmed to do it and to fat shame and body shame all the time.
Ashley Graham is the first ever plus sized model on the cover of the sports illustrated. This is the first time that there are three different covers as well. Graham is joined by Ronda Rousey and Hailey Clauson. Both of those other two are not deemed plus size. Both of the other girls are tiny compared to her and more in line with what a cover girl would generally look like on a typical men’s magazine. Please do me a favour, if you going to make a huge statement about now having a “plus size cover girl” then at least have a plus size cover girl, not three covers! Why? Were you scared that sales wouldn’t be great because men won’t buy it? Did you need to be sure that you would get your sales numbers because you thought men would prefer a petite blonde on the cover instead of a super curvy brunette? If you are making a statement, then at least make it a groundbreaking one. Of course I’m happy she got the cover at all, but when I found out that there were two other
safety net alternate covers, I was really disappointed.
That could have been the most groundbreaking moment, showing girls everywhere that you really can do anything you put your mind to with the right amount of passion. It could’ve been the highest selling cover of all time, but we won’t know because they didn’t have the balls to try. They weren’t ready to take the risk, out of fear I’m guessing. They too are governed by society and what society tell us men should and shouldn’t like. This girl is freaking gorgeous! She looks like Eva Mendes’ bombshell sister and she deserved some extra spotlight. I follow her on snapchat now and she is such a stunner. She even has her own clothing line for plus size girls and it is gorgeous.
Imagine how boring the world would be if we were all in shape and the same size? I know I wouldn’t be looking around and appreciating anything because we would be so boring!
Plus size doesn’t mean unhealthy
There are plenty of plus size girls that exercise and eat well. There are plenty that have lost weight already, and will continue to do so. But it is not your place to judge them or tell them what they should do. If they want to lose weight, that is their choice. Just because you exercise doesn’t mean you have to lose weight quickly. Also, not everyone exercises to lose weight. If they are healthy and training for fitness and not weight loss, that is fine too!
She also shared that she disagrees with the plus-size term used in today’s industry.
“I hate a label. I think that when we introduce Hailey, we don’t say, ‘This is skinny girl Hailey, and this is plus-size Ashley,’” she explained. “We’re both models. At the end of the day. I just want to be recognized as a model. Yes, I got curves. Yes, I got things that I like to flaunt and talk about and be called curvy, sexilicious, but at the end of the day I don’t want a label.”
I for one am looking forward to more curvy girls being represented on the runway as well as on magazine covers. There are so many amazing women out there that need to be celebrated!
Watch her TED Talk HERE
How do you feel about this? Do you think there should be more “plus size” covers?
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