17 plus size women on why it’s time for size 28 models to be more visible

The day Vogue Italia released a cover featuring three plus size models is one I still remember vividly. The June 2011 issue brought Candice Huffine, Tara Lynn, and Robyn Lawley to the forefront. They were curvaceous women whose butts and thighs were thicker than those of the vast majority of models I’d seen up to that point. Although Gossip singer Beth Ditto had appeared nude on the covers of NME in 2007 and LOVE in 2009, her fat rolls beautifully unconcealed and her tummy unflattened by Photoshop, this was Vogue: The crème de la crème of the fashion industry; the kind of magazine issue that’d be seen the world over. Its celebration of three curvy models felt revolutionary — and maybe, for the times, it was.

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The world where a size 8 is too big and a size 14 is too small…

Austrialian model and environmental scientist Laura Wells has been told time and again that she is not big enough and needs to gain weight in order to continue getting work in plus size modeling assignments.  A size 14, she has had to use padding at times for certain jobs.

Meanwhile size 8 model Jordan Simek has had so many negative comments regarding her body (“she’ll never make it as a runway model”).

 

 

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Plus-Size Workout Clothes: Brands That Are Leading The Way

We all know the joy of new (and cute) workout wear, and the motivation that comes along with it.

But for many years, the only option plus-size women had for workout wear, was to pick up loose-fitted stretchy pants and a baggy tee. I don’t know about you, but I do not find that very motivating. That’s because there was a misconception that fuller women did not have any interest in working out. And so, as the market didn’t see the demand, there was no supply.

However, the growing awareness of “healthy at any size” has forced brands and retailers to step up. Women of all sizes are excited to stay healthy and be active, and every woman deserves the right to feel great in what she is wearing. Now we have an exciting array of activewear to choose from for yoga, running, water sports and even golf.

Hopefully, with the help of these brands, we will finally put to rest the myth that plus-size women are not active, and continue to motivate women of all sizes to participate in fitness in ways they never could have imagined before.

Get inspired, excited and motivated by these brands and the plus-size babes rocking their adorable fitness gear:

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