I have something to admit.
I am still very much a newcomer when it comes to the world of plus size fashion. Don’t get me wrong… I’ve been an avid wearer of plus-size fashion since I was 13-years-old, but I can’t really tell you the measurements of Tara Lynn or which shows Crystal Renn will be walking in at Fashion Week. Of course, these women are gorgeous, and I will never turn my head away from one of their stunning photographs. I just never took the time to do my homework.
Fluvia for Monif C
It wasn’t until an influx of images of Brazillian-born plus size model Fluvia Lacerda on my tumblr dashboard that I suddenly entered the world of fandom. Fluvia is bursting with confidence and makes no apologies for her curves (A quality that I adore in any human being). Her powerful energy and overwhelming beauty fills the frame of every photograph she takes.
While traditionally, most plus size models are in the 10 -14 range, it is truly a breath of fresh air to see a swimsuit on a woman with curves a bit more like my own (or at least, a glammed out, fabulous, super fierce version of my curves)!
Fluvia photographed by Lucas Pictures
This is not to say that smaller and larger models aren’t a beautiful representation of the female body as well. It has taken me years to get to a point where I can not only appreciate the beauty of a traditional runway model, but I can begin to see my own beauty in them by valuing the way our arms are different, or the way my hips move compared to theirs. There is beauty in every woman, and in each one of our differences.
So, if we stick with this argument, then there is no such thing as any one type of beauty. If every type of body is beautiful, is it so much to ask that our bodies be represented by a wider variety of figures? I am hopeful for the day that I see a size 2 woman standing side by beautiful side with a size 24 woman in the pages of a magazine (without either one being the butt of some obnoxious joke).
Last week, I was scrolling through Plus Model Magazine, only to find out that Miss Lacerda would be featured in Brazilian Playboy. I was hit with an overwhelming sense of hope. My optimism may be misplaced, but there is no denying that Mr. Hefner’s empire has had an enormous impact on global pop culture for the past 60 years. This is especially true when it comes to widespread ideas of beauty.
So what does it mean when Fluvia appears in such a mainstream publication? Are we beginning to see a new kind of beauty revolution? One where we can embrace the multiplicity of bodies and their beauty?
Or, do we even care what the readers of Playboy find beautiful?
I am truly curious to hear any thoughts you may have!
ABOUT THE BLOGGER
Amalia Nicholson is a plus-size blogger, fashion enthusiast and advocate of beauty at every size. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where runs her personal style blog, Double Vision.