I am so freakin' excited I can't stand it! As I was researching a topic for this week's blog, I came across an article on Brazil's recent Plus Size Fashion Weekend, featuring women with hips, breasts, cellulite and real curves strutting their stuff on the runway in not much more than their bras and panties! I was immensely inspired and simply had to share it with you. These women make me proud to be a feminine creature, with my own unique set of dips and dimples! The fashion show, which is the biggest in Brazil, was created by journalist Renata Poskus Vaz. The plus size journalist has a blog of her own, called Mulherao, where she is an advocate of plus size women. The Fashion Weekend has been instrumental in the growth of the plus size industry in Brazil.
It's interesting to compare the body types of these Brazilian models with what we are used to seeing in the U.S. market. Plus models, like Fluvia Lacerda, Tara Lynn and Denise Bidot seem to have firmer, more toned figures. Is the Plus Size Modeling industry perhaps a bit hypocritical? I don't know. I suspect there's a some photo-shopping going on there as well. Yes, there are great strides being made, but there is still a great amount of pressure on plus models to be keep in shape, and yet not get too small. Don't get me wrong, I think Fluvia, Tara and Denise have bangin' bodies. I'm simply offering that plus size models and women who have some jiggle in their wiggle are just as beautiful and just as worthy. I hope we continue to see progress in this area, so that young girls and women everywhere will begin to celebrate their bodies, instead of hating them. As plus size bloggers, we have a responsibility to embrace all types of beauty. And I think collectively, we're doing a great job. There is always much to discuss, and like anything else worth pursuing, there is always more progress to make. So, let's support one another and keep creating forums where we can talk about creating a world in which a woman's worth is not determined by her dress size, but by virtue of her value as a human being. Keep on keepin' on!
Ciao for Niao,