Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Reshaping Fashion: A Perfect 14

We all grew up thinking that we were meant to be something we are not. searching for perfection and acceptance. I don't remember a time in my life where i wasn't considered Plus size or a Bigger Girl. I don't even remember a time in my life where i was ever considered skinny or a "normal size". As iv'e grown up iv'e learned to love myself. What frustrated me more than anything was that there was a time in my life where i didn't love who i was, where i loathed getting dressed up and going out, where i was being told how  should look what i should be eating and who i was meant to be. I remember being told "you will never find a job being a bigger girl", "you will never be able to have a family and to find someone who loves you being a bigger girl" "don't you want to look pretty?" and the worst one that has always stuck with me was "you know you would look really pretty skinny". I asked myself day in and day out why it was that people would say these things. Society has a lot to answer for, our whole lives we have been told to look a certain way, to act a certain way and to be who other people want us to be and all these people hate that we don't fit the mold so therefore we get criticised. Its sad that only in the last two or three years i have come to love myself, to realise that i am beautiful and that the way i am is okay. Im a proud to be curvy girl and its time that we start to see Plus Size a normality. Some of the most beautiful people in the world have curves and i want to see them on the front of magazines and modelling for some of the top labels. 

                                      Plus-size models Elly Mayday (centre), Laura Wells (left) and Kerosene Deluxe (right) 

I was so inspired by the new documentary film "A Perfect 14"  that explores the fascinating world of plus size modelling and the women involved who show how beauty comes from confidence and not your dress size. The documentary, produced by Canadian filmmakers James Early O'Brien and Giovanna Morales Vargas, offers an unflinching look at the modelling business and its often unforgiving treatment of women with curves. Models Elly Mayday, Laura Wells and Kerosene Deluxe share their personal experiences of struggle and success in the modelling industry. These fearless models have a body positive activist mentality and are part of a growing culture of photographers, designers, make up artists and performers who promote confidence and respect for individuality through their exposure. These women are determined to eliminate the established perception in society that one size fits all.

One of the best quotes i heard from one of the models was " ‘It's important to love your body because you have to live in it,’ she says. ‘It should be your world, it should be your temple, it should be loved and respected... and dressed glamourously ’ ". I could not agree more this statement, more girls need to take on this mantra and love themselves. 

Check out the Teaser Trailer here: 

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