If you open up a magazine or drive down a street, it's clear that plus-size women are rarely in high-fashion advertisements. In an industry where beauty standards seem so limited, we decided to break the mold and insert ourselves into the world of fashion. Here's how it went:
Tommy Hilfiger fall 2016 ad with Gigi Hadid
Agent Provocateur fall 2016 ad with Abbey Lee Kershaw
Kate Spade spring 2016 ad with Jourdan Dunn
Calvin Klein spring 2016 ad with Kendall Jenner
Burberry spring 2016 ad with May and Ruth Bell
Kristin: Seriously, beauty is a skill. Models are naturally beautiful, but they also have a lot of help. So stop beating yourself up because you aren’t followed around by a pit crew of people with PhDs in contouring, ya know?
Kelsey Rose: This experience makes me hope for more size inclusivity in fashion ads, because a) not only has this shoot proven that plus girls are MORE than capable of rocking fashion ads, but b) we also need to start teaching the younger generations that **ALL** bodies are beautiful by showing a diverse array of bodies in fashion ads and advertising altogether.
Danica: Society and the media has got us thinking we all need to be perfect, which leads us to do crazy things to fit in. We all have to get past that and realize that a positive body image is the way you think and who you are as a human being. So darn it, love yo'self!
Kyeshia: All in all, it was wonderful to pretend to be someone I am definitely not, in my very own body, all while being cheered on by a magnificent group of women. All of whom are so fucking talented, encouraging, and unbelievably beautiful!
Sheridan: To everyone who might say, "Models are skinny, that's just the way it is," I'm guessing you haven't had the pleasure of someone throwing fries at you while saying "feed the cow" — ah, what good times. Representation is important, because every person has the right to feel beautiful without some dumbass internet doctor chiming in with some "advice." Each body is special — if you feel great, that's all that matters.
Jazzmyne: After this experience, I really feel inspired to just say "WE FUCKING ROCKED THIS" to every designer out there that has not hired a plus-size woman for their fashion ads. I hope that these will show girls and boys growing up that we can rock it and so can you. If you want to be a damn model, make it happen and work for that.
Styling: Lauren Bernard
Kristin's look: Boots by Torrid; Kelsey Rose's look: Corset by Lane Bryant; Danica's look: Skirt by Lane Bryant; Kyeshia's look: Tank top by Lane Bryant, underwear by Jockey; Group look: Kristin and Danica wear dresses by Adrianna Papell, Kelsey Rose wears a top by Lane Bryant, Kyeshia wears a dress by Torrid.
The rest of the items are models' own.
Makeup: Bailey Brooke
Hair: Shanelle Besser