The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is a yearly nod to the leggy, thin supermodels of the moment, but this year, the magazine is straying from its typical formula by featuring plus-size models.
“Things that jiggle are OK!” — Ashley Graham Bodies may look toned and smooth in ads, but human bodies move, and that’s got to be OK, Graham said atForbes’ 30 Under 30 Summit this year. “There is no right or wrong size if you’re healthy and fit.” — Marquita Pring At the end of the day, developing healthy habits is more importance than being a specific weight, and one isn’t indicative of the other, as Pring told Fashionista in 2011. “I’m proud of my stretch marks.” — Denise Bidot In an interview with PopSugar in August, Bidot reminded us that embracing your body for what it is rather than fighting it can be the positive change in attitude we need to see ourselves differently. “Yeah, I’m fat — but I’m also all the good things that I am.” — Tess Holliday (Source: Mic/Facebook) As Holliday told Parade in 2014, our physical forms aren’t the only thing we’ve got going for us — and we shouldn’t lose sight of the countless other things that make us, us.
Plus size models are making an impact on the fashion industry, but so are the people behind the camera. You might not know their names and faces, but the photographers choosing voluptuous subjects are shaping the shifting conversation.Victoria Janashvili is one of them; with multiple shoots featuring women of all shapes and sizes, she has contributed to the evolving outlook on body image within the media industry and beyond. Furthering this mission, Janashvili is publishing a book celebrating all body types: short and tall, skinny and curvy, black and white.