For decades, the world of fashion has been fascinated with all things skinny, and the catwalks of Milan and Paris were places reserved exclusively for size-zero models.
However, there’s a new breed of models who have been spreading the message of body positivity and the unrealistic image that’s been associated with the industry for so long is slowly becoming a thing of the past.
Whether it be ‘plus size’ or ‘curve’ – whatever you want to call it – these are women are making positive change happen in the industry right now.
19-year-old model Barbie Nox has been one of the most important supporters of body positivity in 2016, and has helped spread the message to women all over the world through her social media platform.
Barbie has always stressed the importance of not having her images retouched.
She received a wave of support online after she posted an empowering picture of her stretch marks on Instagram, adding the caption: “mi lil stripes are out here. soothing them with vitamin e oil n noticing how cute my body can be despite lil changes.”
Iskra Lawrence has emerged as one of the most passionate voices in the world of ‘plus size’ modelling over recent times, and 2016 has been her biggest year yet.
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The stunning British model has shu down body critics time and time again over the past 12 months, and delivered inspiring messages for women everywhere via her Instagram page.
Her campaigning came to a head when Iskra performed a powerful stunt on the New York subway in November. The 24-year-old stripped down to her underwear and launched into a powerful speech, asking the crowd to ‘celebrate their differences’.
Of course, no ‘plus size’ list would be complete with Ashley Graham. The 28-year-old has emerged as the most influential model of the year, and she’s become one of the most in-demand names in fashion over the last 12 months.
The model – who’s a driving force of the Health at Every Size campaign – is one of the most inspiring Instagram users out there, and she’s always sharing stunning images and messages of body positivity with her 2.8m followers.
Her appointment to the America’s Next Top Model team is testament to her influence on the modelling world, and just goes to show how body image campaigners like her have changed the fashion industry over recent years.