The world has demanded a change in the fashion and beauty industry for years. The perception of beauty is so distorted because of the doctored images we see in magazines and billboards; beauty that is almost never achieved unless you are constantly under the knife and then thrown through Photo Shop.
The outcry comes because so many young women decide to adopt various forms of eating disorders to lose weight so they “appear” beautiful to the world around them.
Over the last few years we’ve seen progress. We see organizations standing up for models who are forced to binge, becoming only skin and bones. We’ve seen governments out right ban images of women that are overly edited or women who are skin and bones. Last year we’ve seen a lady with Downs Syndrome take up her dream of being a model despite her disability… so we are making progress!
In 2016 Sports Illustrated shocked the world by placing Ashley Graham, a plus size model, on the cover of the coveted Swimsuit edition. It’s the first time in the history of the edition that a plus sized model has made the cover. She’s in good company too, sitting next to MMA Fighter Rhonda Rousey and model Hailey Clauson.
The honor even shocked Graham herself but she’s proud to be the first and set a precedence for other plus size models and women everywhere to “love their bodies”.
In an interview on Ellen Graham said “it’s a huge deal“. “I’ve always been told plus size starts at size 8 and goes up to 16-18. The majority of this room is considered a “plus size”, I hope you feel better about yourselves.”
Graham doesn’t want to call it “plus size” anymore. Instead she’s going for the term “curve-a-sex-a-licious”.
Despite her plus size, the outcry over Sports Illustrated’s choice for the cover hasn’t come with a lot of controversy. Obviously there will be some hate coming their way but that has to be chalked up to ignorance. Graham is simply stunning and those that can’t see it should get their eyes adjusted.
Women of all shapes and sizes, and hopefully races now can be on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. – Ashley Graham
Graham can be a positive role-model to women everywhere regardless of their size, shape or skin color. She’s proud of who she is, the world has recognized the beauty in the various shapes so everyone should love the body they are in as well.