We have seen celebrities and models like Lauren Hutten or a Helen Mirren fight ageism with recent fashion and accessory modeling campaigns. And certainly body image paradigms are being fought all the time (just this past year Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue featured not only featured its first plus size model on a cover-Ashley Graha-and another curvy lady, Nicola Griffin, who is 56 years old.)
We have certainly weighed in (pardon the pun) over this debate a few times ourselves, but the fires are once again being stoked, presently from an ad plus-size retailer Lane Bryant recently launched. Their new #ImNoAngel intimate couture campaign features plus-sized models Ashley Graham, Marquita Pring, Justine Elly Mayday (and a host of others) appearing in a Cass Bird photo-spread showing lots of themselves in the Lane Bryant new Cacique undies line. One might recall Ashley Graham executing quite the positive ‘you go girl’ historic step appearing as she did as the first-ever plus sized model in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photo-spread in this year’s issue (see our reporting on that here). Or the great big backlash over Victoria’s Secret’s “Perfect Body” campaign, where both Dear Kate and Curvy Kate (these two ‘Kate’s’ are not sisters) created parodies of the V.S. add. The debate rages so heatedly actually, to what is the perfect body, if there is a perfect body, should there be a perfect body that even Yahoo Style is asking this week: https://www.yahoo.com/style/why-the-world-is-turning-against-victorias-secret-115870343048.html.
Models with last names like Benhati, Teigen, Lima are regulars to the Sports Illustrated Annual Swimsuit Issue. But Ashley Graham, the first ever plus-size model to be seen in the infamous issue, will be cutting a historic figure indeed when she appears in the yearly bikini edition hitting new stands next week.