Plus-size modeling leads to revolution in beauty standards

It’s hard to stay confident when stick-thin, and perfect-looking models are on the cover of every magazine and clothing advertisement.
“If you look at models and their expressions in their pictures, you’ll notice that these people everyone perceives as ‘skinny and beautiful’ seem to have grim and less happy expressions,” sophomore Daniella Documet said.
But this year has brought the onset of a revolution that breaks society’s idea that one must have a thigh-gap to be considered “beautiful” and tells every woman that they are beautiful, no matter what body type.
This year, model Robyn Lawley, who is a size 12, was the first plus-size model in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue history.
Also in the issue was model Ashley Graham who flaunted her size 16 figure in a tiny black string bikini for a swimsuits-for-all ad campaign.
Graham, who has been at the forefront of the movement, has created her own online videos titled “Curvy Fit Club,” designed to help women with fuller figures stay healthy and curvaceous at the same time. Her videos have helped debunk the myth that skinny equals healthy.
Model Tessa Holliday, a size 22, who was told she was “too large” to be a model, recently signed with MiLK Model Management and became the largest model ever to sign with the agency.
Holliday, who formerly struggled with self-image issues, has begun a social movement on Instagram named #EffYourBeautyStandards to encourage women to share selfies of themselves and love themselves no matter what size they are.
Celebrities that have joined the movement to defy what society calls attractive include Lady Gaga, Adele, Mindy Kailing, and Megan Trainor with her popular song “All About That Bass.”
The fashion industry is also scrambling to catch up with the movement.
Two-thirds of American women fall into the plus-size category and the average size is size 14.
Monif C, a fashion company which created a line specifically for plus-size women, is booming with success.
Meanwhile, Target, a popular fashion destination, has recently launched its line Ava and Viv.
The line was created by Target’s design team and features nearly ninety pieces, with prices ranging from $10 to $79.
The growing acceptance of more than one body type to fill society’s idea of “ beauty” is rapidly changing the fashion indsutry.