Many people think that one body type is the ideal one and that others are not good enough.The fashion industry and the media sometimes contribute to this and so do some of us. No one is perfect, perfection does not exist and that is a fact! There are a lot of stereotypes and standards that women are subjected to everyday, but the question of how their bodies should look like is certainly one of the most important ones.
The most popular expectation for women concerning their bodies is to be thin, toned and in proportion. But if we want women to be truly equal, the image of the ideal female body needs to be widened. We should recognize that women come in all shapes and sizes, encourage body positivity and get rid of the unhealthy fixation over women’s bodies. Fortunately, things have changed.
The media is demonstrating that having body fat now seems to be the trend. People are starting to simply accept larger sizes in Magazines, Campaigns, Runways and so on. This, most definitely, is an encouraging development. Can we talk about photoshop?… that is one of my pet peeves. Many models no matter what size get so much photoshop in one way or another to try to look “perfect”. They’re shown in advertisements, not in their natural form, but edited to where the shape of their body is actually changed to look thinner, or have bigger lips,no cellulite among other things.
I love what Editor and Chief of Style and Curve Magazine Lyz Lupo is doing showcasing models in their natural form. Models that women can relate to. So… you are not “perfect” but you are beautiful just the way you are, accepting and loving your virtues and flaws. Having that self-confidence that when you walk into a room everyone just has to look your way.
Women who embrace their bodies with confidence work against the damage done by society. Remember…
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” Lao Tzu
Photography. Rudilenia Martinez
Catwalk Fashion Model
Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.
Pregnancy is meant to be an exciting, happy time. So when I first heard news that Plus Model Ana García is expecting her first baby soon I was over the moon. Photographer Vanessa Velez, a long time friend and one of Ana’s favorite photographers was in charge of the shoot. They have given us breathtaking editorials for Plus Model Magazine, Esposa Moderna Bridal Magazine,Volup2 and Skorch Magazine among others all over the world, so they got together again for this special shoot that was truly breathtaking.
One of the Designers that dressed the model for her Maternity Shoot was the amazing Designer and Orlando Fashion Week Challenge winner Lisa Nieves. I talked to the Designer and she said that she was beyond excited being part of the models Maternity Shoot, she loves Ana’s work ethic and style, thinking about a future project with her.
As for the model she was honored to have Designer Nieves as one of the Designers dressing her for her special shoot, She absolutely loved the Design.
Nieves described the Design which left me gaga as “KAFTAN CHIC. “Kaftans are all the rage for summer. It has always been described as a comfortable and feminine piece. Perfect for that wonderful stage in a woman’s life, Maternity.”
Congrats to Model Ana Garcia and her family from Curvy Girl on a Budget.
I heard that making a decision to have a child–it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
All I can say is YASSSS! Finally Elle has listened to it’s plus size consumers and bared all in this Elle Brasil cover, the whole issue was about self-esteem and body love and we couldn’t be happier. Remember this article about Rebel Wilson and all the other plus size cover models experiencing the “Plus size cut” . It looks like they heard our call about body diversity on elle mag and took charge. As much as I love this spread and Plus size Blogger Juliana Romero is stunning, I can only hope that Elle and Magazines alike truly embrace body diversity. Body representation is such an important thing because not one person is the same body type and we all want to be represented in the media.
A magazine that I truly adore and had the pleasure to write for is Volup2, it’s such an important magazine and shows true body diversity. From size 2’s, 16’s , 28’s and more, they accept everyone and show true body representation and how it should be done.
In America today we are constantly bombarded by the media and most teenagers these days spend 5 hours or more a day online consuming this media. It’s important that our girls see that their bodies are good bodies, that not everyone looks the same and that’s OK! Gabby Sidibe said something that had me thinking and I believe it’s so true…
If I get to see myself on screen, then I know that I exist.
Seeing images on magazines or tv etc of only one type of body means that other bodies have become invisible in the mass media. Many girls and young women internalize these stereotypes and judge themselves by the beauty industry standards. This focus on beauty and desirability effectively destroys any awareness and action that might help to change that climate.
Body image is the way you see yourself and imagine how you look. Having a positive body image means that, most of the time, you see yourself accurately, you feel comfortable in your body, and you feel good about the way you look.
Given the serious potential consequences, it is essential that girls and young women develop a critical understanding of the constructed nature of media representations of women’s bodies and the reasons why these images are perpetuated. More importantly, they need to be empowered to challenge these representations and advocate for more realistic representations. (x) For more about Body image and representation check this page out! (x)
What do you think of the Elle Cover? What can we do as a society to make sure ALL bodies are represented equally?
Naihomi Zayas Torres, Yaritza Rodriguez Guadalupe, Neysha Martinez
Everyone is talking about the #Imnoangel Campaign, it has caused quite a stir and I love it! The Campaign is designed to empower all women to love every part of themselves, says Lane Bryant CEO and President Linda Heasley.
Model Princess Consuela
I ask myself is there a perfect body? News flash…there is no such thing as a perfect body. Instead of aimlessly trying to achieve the goal of having the perfect body, a goal that in my opinion does not exist, why don’t we make the goal to be healthier and happier? Who are you really trying to please with a perfect body? Is it the media… a relationship… your friends?
Model Susan Santana
Stop comparing yourself to others. It does not matter if other women have thinner thighs or perkier breasts, you are two different people designed differently. It is a fact of life that we all want what we can’t have. Thin girls want more curves and curvy girls want less.
Model Miguela Pons
The sooner we start realizing this, the sooner we can begin to accept ourselves for who we are to us, not to other people.
Remember, every women is beautiful, each in a different way, we just need to start realizing it. Here are some beautiful women from Puerto Rico that are supporting the #Imnoangel Campaign feeling beautiful, sexy and confident in their own skin!.
Model Leemar Ago
“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” Beyonce
I love blogging about Curvy Models that are an inspiration from all over the world specially if they are Latina..and Maria Jimenez Pacifico from Colombia is just that, she is taking the Plus Size Modeling world by storm in Europe, a place she moved to because in Columbia Curvy Models are not recognized.
Jimenez is a fresh new face in the crowd adding flavor and life to plus-sized modeling. Maria has a glowing smile, positive attitude and upbeat Latin personality that is nothing short of refreshing. More than just a pretty face, Maria’s passion is to inspire others to realize their beauty and potential comes from within.
This beautiful Curvy Model moved to Reykjavik, Islandia 10 years ago studying acting and was discovered by a photographer who offered to help her out with her portfolio, she took it to an Agency named Eskimo Models and three days later she got her first big break getting her a spread in a Top Fashion Magazine in Islandia, she has been working ever since.
In 2012 she was the Image of the renowed Designer Sigrún Lilja opening many doors for her. One of her proudest moments was walking the catwalk in Copenhagen Fashion Week for Carmakoma. She told me “I accept and Love my Body the way it is, my mind is free of stereotypes so I feel free and great the way I am.
Just Love Yourself..The heart and mind is far more important than being a size 0!” Indeed this is one Curvy Model to look out for.