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6 Body-Positive Latino Illustrators Who See The Beauty In Curves

Six Latino artists tell BuzzFeed Español what inspires them, and what goes into the process of creating plus-sized art.

There have been periods in art history where female beauty was represented in all its forms. Over time, slim women were portrayed more and more frequently in pictures, drawings and photography.

Venus de Urbino-Tiziano / Via wikimedia.org

But that doesn't mean that curvy girls have ceased to exist, or that they're any less beautiful now than they were in the 16th century. There are dozens of illustrators around the world who create, promote and distribute art dedicated to figures of all shapes and sizes.

In honor to their work, we introduce them to you...

1. Keishla Rodriguez (Munrou)

Of course, Munrou has also received criticism for her work, including accusations that she's "promoting obesity".

2. Eduardo Santos (Edull)

Facebook: edull.ardo / Via facebook.com

"My inspiration came from my wife. She was curvy when I met her and that's when I got a glimpse into the plus-sized world and the different types of women," Edull told BuzzFeed Español.

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Edull began posting his illustrations through his Instagram account, attracting attention first in North American before expanding into the Brazilian artistic community. Currently, his work is exhibited in different fairs and exhibitions through the world.

You can follow him on Instagram, Facebook and buy his art on Etsy.

3. Sara Fratini

"Not all overweight people have a disease, and not all thin people are healthy."

4. Gastón Farías

Gastón Farías / Via Facebook: gastonfariasartepretencioso

Country: Argentina

As an admirer of illustrators Milo Manara and Olivieri Serpieri, Gastón was always fascinated by their unique manner of portraying the sensuality of voluptuous curves. "I think I've always been attracted to those shapes and I became obsessed with recreating them in my own way", he says.

Gastón Farías / Via facebook.com

Gastón says that "I admire those who have the drive to follow a diet to lose weight and transform their body, it takes great sacrifice. But I also think that you can and must be happy with what you were dealt with in life. It's as simple as that."

5. Arely Sandoval

Via arelysandoval.com

Country: Mexico

Arely recalls that she has had a life-long fondness for drawing and has always sought to try out different drawing techniques, but it wasn't until the project Diálogos de una gorda, a kind of personal diary where she learns to love and laugh about her life, that she was able to make a name for herself in the world of illustration.

Diálogos de una gorda / Via Facebook: DialogosDeUnaGorda

Arely got her start posting her illustrations on Facebook before creating her blog, www.arelysandoval.com, which is what first inspired her to open an online store. Now her presence on Instagram and Twitter allows her to sell customized illustrations on demand.

"Most of us women 'feel' fat."

Arely Sandoval / Via Facebook: DialogosDeUnaGorda

Arely told BuzzFeed Español that "many girls write to me everyday telling me how they feel a bias, or that they're depressed because they're overweight. And yet, when I see their profiles, I see someone I would consider thin! I think most of us women 'feel' fat, we feel that we don't fit the ideal of the perfect body, we're living with 'mental fatness,' mostly."

You can follow Arely on Facebook, Instagram and her blog.

6. Monica Kim Garza

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