As the saying goes: “beauty comes in all shapes and sizes,” but there seem to still be some people who have issues believing that.
You see the runway models who are all of 90 pounds soak and wet strutting the catwalk looking like a bag of bones, and for many, many years to society, that has been defined as what being the “ideal” body image or is what is classified as “sexy.”
As we all know, confidence goes a long way and there are many confident plus size women out here that not only love their curves, but are not ashamed to show you just how much they do. Plus size models and fashion have come a long way, but yet still has a long way to go because for some reason, people feel that being plus size is something that we should be ashamed of.
Well, that didn’t sit well with editor-in-chief of Plus Model Magazine, Madeline Jones. She tackled the ‘body shaming’ situation head on with a nude editorial featuring curvy and confident plus size models, Emma Meyer with Ford models, Laura Johnson with IPM models, Liris Crosse and Wyinetka with Dorothy Combs Agency and PMM cover model and star of the new reality show Curvy Girls, Ivory Kalber who is also with Dorthy Combs.
“Body shaming is present in our lives,” shares Ms. Jones. “This feature came about as a result of the conversations that we see on our social media sites. We see bigger women being put down for being too big but we also see men and women body shaming smaller models for being too small. While we do believe plus size models should be used to market to plus size women, it’s not right to put anyone down because of what they look like. Many times we are so deep in focus that we forget that we could be hurting someone else.”
As a plus size woman, I can really appreciate Plus Model Magazine for all they do and for the editor-in-chief to make a statement as she did regarding the ‘body shaming’ issue with a nude editorial is a huge step. I only wish that I had known about this prior to because I would’ve been number six in the spread because I feel that it’s time for society to come to grips with the fact that thick/plus size women are here, have been here for a long time and we’re not going anywhere.
No body is made the same and not everyone is meant to be a size two. Beauty comes in many different shapes and sizes and it’s truly up to the person and how they feel comfortable in the skin they’re in. Personally, as long as there are no health issues I feel it’s no reason for anyone to lose weight just because of what society thinks or says is the so-called “perfect body image.” You’ll be surprised to know that some of the people they put on such a pedestal all have issues with their body image that they would love to change and they are the ones who keep plastic surgeons in business. I mean let’s keep it real, how often do you see a plus size woman getting plastic surgery? Don’t worry, I’ll wait…..
I have been the largest of my sisters since I can remember and it took me a long time to gain the confidence I currently have. Although I’m on a weight loss journey, it’s mostly for health reasons. I never have been nor do I plan on losing so much weight that I’ll get down to a size 2. My mission is to not only get to a healthy weight for my body frame, but to remain a thick and sexy curvy girl. There is nothing wrong with a little curve or a lot if you happen to be blessed with an abundance. No matter what society says, there’s only ONE YOU and you have to learn how to love the person in the mirror staring back at you!
Spotted @ Plus Model Magazine