The cover of Sports Illustrated Ashley rock’in her curves
Then a little over a year ago when I was looking through magazines, I came across this fabulous Ebony, March 2016 "Body Brigade" cover.
Speaking for the curvy woman, the "thick" woman as many of these cover models referred to themselves.
Proud of their curves but also with their own set of insecurities.
I loved how these women really opened up about their body issues all the while looking stunning in their photo shoot.
And probably the mega event heard ‘round the world was Ashley Graham being on the cover of the Sports Illustrated 2016 swimsuit issue. Surprise--Surprise fashion industry!
From here moments like these are happening more often but still nowhere near the rate that they should be to teach our young women that diversity and inclusivity are what real beauty is all about. It should reflect the masses in age, shape, color--not the minority of the population that is currently what is used in the fashion industry's choices for models for fashion shows and ad campaigns.
The movie Straight/Curve hi-lights the fact that ninety percent of women and young girls say they do not feel represented in the fashion industry or in media, and that the imagery they consume on a daily basis makes them feel “disgusting” and “less than”.
McQuaile also shares her thoughts on the ways in which a primarily-white thin obsessed fashion world doesn’t accurately reflect the real-life loveliness of many women:
“Women over a size 4, older women and often times black or Latina women are not shot with a high end aesthetic in high fashion clothes, amazing lighting or through the same lens we are so accustomed to seeing straight size models.”
Supermodel Emme, Iskra Lawrence, Nathalie Novaes, Sabine Karlsson, Jennie Runk, and Madison Schill in attendance to support the Straight/Curve. These ladies and more were the loveliest and gracious to share their stories.
“The exciting new documentary Straight/Curve examines the industries and obstacles responsible for this body image crisis and showcases the dynamic leaders fighting for more diversity of size, race and age.
At a time when our brain processes images 60,000 times faster than words Straight/Curve sets out to change the imagery we are seeing and to bolster a movement that is redefining society’s unrealistic and dangerous standards of beauty to impact society at large.”
Photographer, Anastasia Garcia and Stylist, Jenessee Utley create a beautiful setting for a photoshoot with a diverse group of models including the first ever plus size supermodel, Emme to Sabina Karlsson, Iskra Lawrence, Sasha Exeter, Nicola Griffin, Jennie Runk, Nathalia Novaes, Madison Schill, and so many other gorgeous diverse women.
We get to hear their behind the scenes conversations about their own personal stories dealing with body shaming, weight issues, and eating disorders.
I think we are just at the beginning of a new era where women are in control of their own vision of how they are seen in the media--it's time to own it and make your voice known. It's about you, your sisters, mothers, aunts, daughters, girlfriends.
It's about making sure that every woman you can reach out to and sometimes that means yourself knows that you are not a second class citizen. You deserve more. You deserve to be heard and you are BEAUTIFUL!!
I urge you to watch the movie Straight/Curve and share it with all the women you know. It is a game changer! Girl-Up!!
About the author
Tina Trevino is the Senior Design Director of KBL Group Intl. Ltd. in NYC and manages their large creative design team and Director Community Relations for Latin Business Today. She shares all of her insight on upcoming fashion trends for the season with her team to start the collaborative design process. The company specializes in sweaters, knits and wovens. It provides product for ladies, men, contemporary, jr, and children. Tina specializes in coordinating directly with large US retailers to design exactly into their targeted customer needs. With many years under her belt in the industry, she has also gained the ability to go beyond the fashion component and help to work through sourcing, fitting, production and merchandising issues as well.