Category: body positivity

Trailblazing plus-size male model Kelvin Davis lands himself a…

Trailblazing plus-size male model Kelvin Davis lands himself a contract with Bridge Models

Kelvin Davis, one of the few successful plus-size male models in the United States, who’s been in seen in ads for Chubbies as well as that ill-fated #AerieMAN April Fools’ snafu, has finally been signed to a modeling agency.Over the weekend, Davis broke the news to Mic that Bridge Models, a curve modeling agency based in London, has signed him as one their influencers and models. Read more.

It was a record season for plus-size and transgender models at…

It was a record season for plus-size and transgender models at NYFW

Watching New York Fashion week this season, we had a certain inkling that we were seeing more models of color on runways than ever before, and more plus-size and transgender models too. It felt like this season was signaling turning point for New York.According to a new report from the Fashion Spot, which meticulously tracks diversity on fashion week runways, we were right. Read more. 

Torrid debuts at NYFW with a diverse, size-inclusive show that…

Torrid debuts at NYFW with a diverse, size-inclusive show that felt anything but ordinary

It may be heard to believe, but the first time a plus-size brand ever showed at New York Fashion Week was in just 2013, when Cabiria Style showed with a cast entirely made up of plus models.At the time, it was groundbreaking, and ended up blazing a trail for other brands to follow in its footsteps. On Tuesday, plus-size brand Torrid did just that, hosting its first-ever fashion week presentation, amid shows like Gabriela Hearst and Naeem Khan. Read more.

This nude, all-male production of ‘Hamlet’ is giving Shakespeare…

This nude, all-male production of ‘Hamlet’ is giving Shakespeare an unexpected body-positive twist

  • Hamlet is having a moment in 2017. The latest, and perhaps most revealing example: 
  • Torn Out Theater’s “nude, all-male, body-positive” outdoor production  being put on in Manhattan’s Central Park and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
  • Why Hamlet? “I have been asking myself that question for a month,” director Pitr Strait said in an interview. “We wanted to follow up The Tempest with something that addressed body image and body positivity for men. … We wanted to tell a story about being yourself even when everyone in the world is telling you not to. And once we realized that, like it or not, Hamlet tells that story.” Read more (8/8/17)

A simple white T-shirt with a powerful self-love message is…

A simple white T-shirt with a powerful self-love message is taking the internet by storm

A husband’s love letter to his wife and her curvy body is going…

A husband’s love letter to his wife and her curvy body is going viral for some pretty sweet reasons

  • All Robbie Tripp wanted to do was show his appreciation for his wife with a sweet little love letter on Instagram. But as with most pure and sweet things on the internet, that letter’s now gone viral.
  • It’s for good reason. Tripp’s letter to his wife, body-positive blogger Sarah Tripp, is all about loving curvy women in a society that has long tried to deem them less desirable.
  • The response to this letter has been electric. Since its posting on Sunday, it’s gotten more than 15,000 likes, and an overwhelming amount of positive comments. “Made me believe there is hope out there. Thank you for guys like you. You and your wife are blessed to have each other,” one wrote. Another: “This is the sweetest thing I’ve ever read! This gives me hope I’ll find love someday.” Read more. (8/3/2017 4:30 PM)

Women ignited the body-positivity movement on Instagram. Now men…

Women ignited the body-positivity movement on Instagram. Now men want in.

  • As it stands, women remain the leaders of the body-positive movement. They’re sharing their stories. They’re talking about their bodies. 
  • They’re opening up about their relationships to their bodies and how society’s affected their self-esteem. They’re showing off their stretch marks. They’re uploading their cellulite.
  • And it’s all happening on Instagram.
  • Instagram has been both pivotal and critical in the popularization of the body-positive conversation. It’s on Instagram that women are being open about their bodies and writing these posts with encouraging BOPO messages and hashtags like #EveryBodyIsBeautiful and #BeautyBeyondSize
  • Without the platform, women like Tess Holliday, Ashley Graham and Iskra Lawrence would’ve had to find different outlets.
  • Now, as body positivity for men and male plus-size models continue to inch toward the mainstream, men are realizing how powerful a body-positive Instagram can be, and naturally they want in. Read more. (8/3/2017 1:40 PM)

SmartGlamour’s latest campaign stars only models with various…

SmartGlamour’s latest campaign stars only models with various disabilities

  • The fashion brand SmartGlamour has been built on a philosophy that fashion can be — and is — really for everyone. For years now, SmartGlamour has created campaigns that happen to feature people fashion often forgets, including those of various different sizes or genders or races or ages.
  • For its latest campaign, SmartGlamour chose to highlight one group of people it has long celebrated: people who have disabilities. Read More (8/1/17)

Meet Dexter Mayfield, the queer, plus-size male model taking the…

Meet Dexter Mayfield, the queer, plus-size male model taking the fashion industry by storm

  • When Dexter Mayfield stepped on the runway at his very first fashion show back in 2015, he had one mission in mind: “Slay.”
  • “I was pure nerves. Beyond nervous,” Mayfield said in an interview. “Literally I had my favorite drag queens patting my sweat down. I was dripping sweat seconds before the runway. Plus women have had that platform, and a few of my plus sisters in drag have been able to get that platform, but no one with a male aesthetic has had that opportunity. At the last minute, Marco [the show’s designer] looked at me and said: ‘Dexter, I brought you into this show for a reason. Do you. Be yourself. Don’t worry about what anyone thinks. Go out and shine and be the person that you are.’”
  • The runway walk that Mayfield ultimately presented at that Marco Marco show at Fashion Week Los Angeles was one of the most iconic walks of all time. Mayfield sashayed and shimmied and went almost immediately viral. Read More (8/1/17)

A fat girl’s dress code for the summer, as told by this very fed…

A fat girl’s dress code for the summer, as told by this very fed up plus-size YouTube star

  • YouTube star Loey Lane knows how hard it is out there for a bigger girl during the summer. So many people have so many opinions on what they can wear. Crop tops? Oh no. Leggings? Honey, think again. Shorts? Ha, yeah right.
  • But rather than give a lecture about how none of these rules really exist, Lane decided to flip the script, and instead run through the list of do’s and don’ts with a hefty dose of sarcasm. The result is Lane’s video “Fat Girl Summer Dress Code,” which already has more than 156,000 views.
  • “I’m here to educate all of you on your summer dress code,” she announces at the start of the video. “And if you’re starting out this video thinking, ‘Can’t I just wear whatever I want?’ No, why would you do that? Why would anyone just wear what makes them comfortable and happy and not think about how others feel about the garments they’re putting on their own bodies?” Read More (7/31/17)