Late last month, a glorious thing happened on a catwalk in Miami.
Women of various shapes and ethnicities modelled swimsuits that ranged in size from a two to a 20, for the Sports Illustrated 2018 runway show. Sports Illustrated famously publish an annual swimsuit issue where the most slim and famous supermodels in the world pose in glamorous locations. Elle Macpherson, Tyra Banks, Kate Upton and Lily Aldridge have all appeared on the cover.
At the show in Miami, nobody was expecting anyone larger than an American size zero to walk the runway.
So when the “curvy girls” came out, the editor of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit said, “the crowd lost their minds”.
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“I think they were shocked because you don’t typically see that at fashion week … especially at swim fashion week,” MJ Day (who is herself plus-size) told the New York Post. “Some people [in the audience] were moved to tears because they saw themselves represented on the runway, which they never thought they would.”
When you watch footage of the 12 minute show, the sense of gratitude from the audience is palpable. Their applause says, “Thank you for seeing us”. In front of them are a variety of women, just like you or I.
These women radiate confidence, regardless of whether or not their size is perpetually prefaced by the word ‘plus’.