Plus-size models are going to change the world — and they know it. Bust magazine this month features five women that with their bodies and minds want to fix how women perceive themselves and how everyone else talks about their bodies.
Ashley Graham, Danielle Redman, Inga Eiriksdottir, Julie Henderson, and Marquita Pring appear in the magazine’s Feb/Mar 2015 issue in a story titled “Let’s Get Physical” showing off the latest sportswear looks. The five models are the founders of ALDA, which is, according to their mission statement, a collaborative of models that represents beauty without divisions, boundaries and — most importantly — beauty that doesn’t conform to any body shape or size.
The models say they’re “staying ahead of the curve by embracing their curves.” They’re creating a fashion industry that has historically been exclusive by breaking down barriers and not only creating opportunities for themselves, but others as well. “What ALDA wants to do is change the perception of what beauty is, whether that’s a different age, a different race, or a different size,” Graham said. “Changing what’s going on in fashion is going to end up changing the world.”
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Danielle Redman: "Every body is beautiful and every body is different. Some people are meant to be a size negative zero and some people are meant to be a size 16."
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Ashley Graham: "Changing what's going on in fashion is going to end up changing the world."
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Julie Henderson: "Fashion dictates so many things in our lives, and little girls grow up thinking that this is what beauty is...And what ALDA does is say, 'Listen, every woman is beautiful."
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Marquita Pring: “There's no such thing as the perfect body. A thin woman is beautiful, a curvy woman is beautiful, and everything in-between is beautiful."