[Model] Anaïs Conde: The Plus Size Coup d’état of the Industry

Every couple of years beauty standards evolve and create a niche for women to fall into. We construct these different ideals of what the paradigm of diverse allures. This effect trickles down from the runways to magazines, television and into our homes.

Photo by Saul Miranda for Be Plus Magazine.

Photo by Saul Miranda for Be Plus Magazine.

While the fashion world still has a ways to go when it comes to promoting diversity on the runways and in the pages of our favorite magazines, more and more designers and brands have been embracing the industry’s growing body-acceptance movement and hiring models that don’t adhere to the under-size-four norm lately. And the 10 plus-size stunners spotlighted below are leading the charge—starring in controversial campaigns, fronting fashion glossies and snapping up other jobs once reserved for women with one specific body type. Breaking the mold is local modeling agency Krone with model Anaïs Conde and her unique look.

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[Red Carpet] 58th Annual Grammy Awards ’16

In an amazing twist of events, the looks that went down the red carpet for the 58th annual Grammy’s was a bit more on the conservative side. Never the less there were some breathtaking gowns for all shapes and sizes.

I have to admit that I was truly impressed on how fashion house Givenchy created such an amazing gown for Adele and Designer Michael Costello created a beautiful mermaid gown for Jazmine Sulliven.

[L to R] Adele + Jazmine Sullivan.

[L to R] Adele + Jazmine Sullivan.

But the red carpet was home to the glamorous, adventurous and the unconventional; Skylar Grey in Cary Santiago, Ellie Goulding in Stella McCartney, Tori Kelly in Gauri and Nainika, Kaley Cuoco in Naéem Khan and Zendaya in Dsquared2.

[L to R] Skylar Grey, Ellie Goulding, Tori Kelly, Kaley Cuoco & Zendaya.

[L to R] Skylar Grey, Ellie Goulding, Tori Kelly, Kaley Cuoco & Zendaya.

The men were a bit on the casual side, but the ones that took to the dapper approach to the red carpet were LL Cool J in Giorgio Armani and Sam Hunt in Dolce and Gabbana.

[L to R] LL Cool J and Sam Hunt.

[L to R] LL Cool J and Sam Hunt.

Last but not least, I was totally taken aback with an astonishing David Bowie (one of my favorite musicians and fashion icons) tribute done by Lady Gaga. Her recognition to Ziggy Stardust was amazing and her outfit by Marc Jacobs, to die for. For more on the performance click on the following link: Lady Gaga’s accolade to David Bowie at the 58th Annual Grammy’s.

Lady Gaga in Marc Jacobs.

Lady Gaga in Marc Jacobs.

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[Makeover] The Last of the Glamazons

In the last few days the media has gone into a frenzy because the most iconic woman in the world has gone through a monumental change. If your wondering who’s the bombshell keep in mind that she established the beauty standards of our younger generation of girls and women around the world over 50 years ago. If you still have no idea who I’m talking about, I’m referring to the one and only Barbie doll. It may sound silly and possibly frivolous, but this doll creates a huge impact on what beauty standards we imply to our daughters, sisters, nieces and children in general.

For the last 57 years Barbie hasn’t really had any major significant changes, but Mattel has been under fire for a few years for its anatomically inaccurate portrayal of a woman’s body. Lets be realistic, if these body standards were realistic all women would be standing at 6 feet tall, weigh 100 pounds with a 32 inch bust, 16 inch waist and 29 inch hips. Basically she would be falling over and completely unhealthy. Don’t get me wrong, every woman has a different constitution so whats healthy for one girl, varies to the next. But why should we subject our girls to only this standard of ‘beauty’. Why can’t we have her look like the curvy girl with the tattoos and colored hair or the petite girl with the glasses and beautiful smile?

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Since the times are changing, Mattel released various new models of what they are calling the ‘Fashionista Line’. These at the moment are only available online, but actually made me very curious of what were the different options they have to offer and if in reality they had the diversity, they said they would. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised to see that the had beautiful Tall, Curvy, Petite and of course original models. They’ve added a wider array of skin tones, greater variety of ethnicities, 18 additional eye colors, 18 hairstyles and colors.  The initiative of aiming for progress and not perfection is a wonderful step in the right direction for the acceptance of diversity and of positive body image. Let’s make all our girls feel beautiful, in reality they are with all of their exquisite imperfections.

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