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.”