Body Positive Revolution

 

 

The three models who are breaking barriers in this month’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue say they are doing so because brands are finally looking beyond the conventional size and age for models.

The model said it is about time brands started paying attention to models who are not stick-thin.

“Nobody’s been listening to us,” Graham said on “GMA.” “I’ve been doing this for 15 years and finally Sports Illustrated has come out, Lane Bryant, ‘Swimsuits for All.’ There’s been so many brands that are finally saying, ‘You know what, we are going to be the pioneers.’”

“We are going to be the ones that say, you know, it doesn’t matter what size you are. It doesn’t matter if you have cellulite. It doesn’t matter if things jiggle where they’re not supposed to. That’s still beautiful,’” she said.

Curvy models such as Ashley Graham and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey are gracing the covers this year of Sports Illustrated’s famous Swimsuit Issue. These supermodels labeled themselves as a plus-size models and are calling this a “moment in history”

“It’s a very, very big stake in the ground saying this is a point in history that we are going to roll forward in a more positive, a more inclusive way on how we see women, images of beauty,” Emme said today on “Good Morning America.” “I think it’s going to reverberate across the industry, whether it’s fashion, toys, magazines.”

Continued in that interview she sais how “It’s a wonderful time in history,” said Emme, known as America’s first plus-size model.

“There’s a whole line of beautiful young ladies right behind Ashley who are not going to make this a trend,” she said of the cover model. “They’re all going to be a part of this beautiful momentum, rolling forward, for women and girls and, quite frankly, for the men who love them.”

In addition to the barrier-breaking Sports Illustrated covers, Emme says another important milestone occurred earlier this year with the debut of Barbie’s Fashionista line, which features dolls in all different shapes and colors.

“I think it starts very young and I think it starts within the families, the mothers feeling better about themselves and the grandmothers not rolling forward with the word body image,” Emme said. “I think that the conversations around the kitchen table are really, really important for girls to not hear that only one ideal of beauty is the one that’s accepted.”

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Oscar Boycott 2016

“We’re part of this community but at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is OK.”

Jada Pinkett Smith initially mentioned the boycott on her twitter account several days after the list of Academy Award nominees came out, marking the second year in a row that all of the acting categories consisted of white actors. She made things official two days later in a video post on Facebook. Now her husband Will Smith thinks it’s his responsibility to speak out about the lack of diversity in Hollywood as well.

Will Smith revealed on Good Morning America Thursday, January 21. “She’s deeply passionate, and when she’s moved, she has to go. I heard her words, and I was knocked over. I was happy to be married to that woman. I appreciated the push. There’s a position that we hold in this community, and if we’re not a part of the solution, we’re a part of the problem. It was her call to action for herself, for me and for our family to be a part of the solution.”

A quote from USA Today is one Will Smith said; “I think that I have to protect and fight for the ideals that make our country and make our Hollywood community great,” he said. “So when I look at the series of nominations from the Academy, it’s not reflecting that beauty.”

This has been a long on-going issue that has been brought to the public attention. This is the second straight year of all-white acting nominees and it’s putting heavy pressure on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to diversify its overwhelmingly white male membership participation.

This is an easily solved problem and I look forward to seeing what the solution will be and the progress this will make in our society.