We meet seven models united by their curves who are changing the world’s perception of beauty.
Jada is a high-profile model with a Masters in Child Psychotherapy. An ambassador for the Young Minds Charity and an activist for change in the fashion industry, Jada blogs about her life as a model and mental health issues at jadaseza.com
“The top plus size models in the industry are girls shooting lingerie. It’s all about curves and it’s all about shape and that’s great, but we’re still talking about women’s bodies. The change I want now is curvy women in high fashion, being the faces of major fashion houses.”
Sonny is 18 years old, signed to Milk Model Management and studies Sociology & Social Policy at University. Sonny is an in-between model, between straight size and plus-size. Inspired by feminism, she campaigns for young girls and young boys to love their own shapes and not try to fit into one mould.
“Fashion should be about embracing everyone because everyone wears clothes. We’re all going to grow into whatever we’re supposed to be, and we shouldn’t put pressure on ourselves to be something we are not. What helped my self-esteem was when I stopped wearing makeup. When you can just be your bare self, you start to see, ‘I don’t have to cover up.’”
Mollie designed her website molliecampie.com, which launched in late 2016. She is currently accepting dates and bookings through the Contact page. Signed to a modelling agency at 20, she is creator of the hashtag #lovethighself – to encourage appreciation of Rubenesque body shapes.
“The way you treat yourself sets the standard for the way everybody else is going to treat you throughout your life. It’s really important to love yourself first. You get days where you feel less good. But it’s really important to persevere and look after you body – pamper it, go to the gym, eat well – this is our home for the rest of our lives.”
Australian-born Mahalia comes from the same tiny Northern Territory town as Crocodile Dundee (look him up). A self-proclaimed diversity crusader, Mahalia has been in the industry for six years. The 24-year-old is creating a website for fashion and trends, as well as sharing more personal issues.
“Growing up I didn’t see any girls who look like me, diverse and curvy, so that was my main ambition to push through. I feel like I don’t hear enough people saying ‘I am the reason why I am doing so well.’ You have to find inspiration in yourself. Pay time to yourself, you don’t have to listen to what other people say.”
Danielle started her blog in 2013, posting pictures on Instagram just of her outfits. Her intention was to show that there is more than one body type than that depicted in the mainstream. These stories gave birth to a full website, daniellevanier.co.uk – fashion tips and don’t-give-a-shit attitude.
“I want to see more diversity. We don’t want to be whitewashed by this typical, average beautiful woman. I want to see different ethnicities. I want to see disabilities. I want to see all women. I’m so happy to be part of this plus size movement because I’m putting my body out there and showing other women it’s okay if you look like me. We all deserve to love ourselves. ”
Blaise is a model and actress. She started modelling after being bullied in high school, creating a company that put on runway shows. The experience helped develop her confidence; she built a portfolio and is now signed to Models One, the agency whose alumni include Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
“It took me a long time to accept that I had curves and I had unique features like freckles and weird curly hair. But now my curves are amazing to me and my freckles are amazing to me. It’s very important to love women and embrace women and show everyone that. Women can do everything and anything, and I support that a lot.”
Lauren Talulah Smeets
Lauren is a hyphenate, the doer of many things. An ASOS Insider, she is also a content creator and creative director for photoshoots, and is brand manager for new ecommerce fashion/lifestyle platform Student High Street. As a 17-year-old she felt there wasn’t a market for “bigger girls into fashion”, so she built a career in that gap.
“There are so many inspirational people. There are girls on this shoot that I’ve always looked up to, Jada, Danielle… We’ve got girls who are bigger now and they’re healthier in their mind and in their body. And it’s good that we have these people to aspire to. Find you and be you. Don’t worry about anyone else.”
Photography: Emma Woolrych
Fashion: Rebekah Roy
Make-up: Sarah McIlwain-Bates using Urban Decay Cosmetics
Hair: Danielle Carson
Fashion assistants: Yui Seow and Adanna Chikwe
Interviews: Eleonora Christin