As Ashley Graham continues her bid for world domination, Mahalia Handley looks set to follow in her curves.
Selfridges has picked Aussie model Handley to front its new Body Studio range.
The department store vows its EveryBODY campaign has chosen its models to “represent real women chosen for their strength, personality and presence.” We can obviously get behind that, especially if Handley is involved.
The 23-year-old has already modelled for The Kardashian Kollection and Topshop. And fronting the high-end chain’s campaign is just the latest blitz on her CV.
“Yes for diversity!” gushed Handley on her Instagram to promote EveryBODY. “I’m so excited to be part of the campaign.”
Handley added she agreed to be part of the campaign for its “Every size is beautiful” message. As well as a sack of cash, presumably. “Mixed-race, plus-sized women are also beautiful women,” said Handley, who is of Maori and Irish heritage. “Women drive so much confidence and power from models wearing swimsuits and lingerie. It’s massively important that I keep spreading a confident and powerful message, and continue to represent a very real diversity in fashion.”
Starting to sound just a tad like she was over-egging it a bit, Handley continued: “Don’t stop chasing your dreams. Work hard and celebrate your body! I can’t begin to express how much this message means to me. I cried like a baby when I saw it.”
Although models like Handley and Graham are succeeding, Handley says she’s still faced prejudice for her size from the fashion industry.
“I still find it hard to see many women like me in the mainstream media,” says Handley. “That makes me think that, if I can’t see them, then I have to become them. The message I’d like to convey to women around the world is that everyone is beautiful.”
Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn