I asked Joby Bach last month if she is interested in doing a personal interview with me and she agreed. I was delighted by that, because as an editor of Style & Curve I wanted to give our fans the chance to know how the people really are. Social Media is a great tool to connect with a lot of people, but you can’t know how a person really is unless you meet them in real life. With the new #GetToKnow interview segment we give you a chance to see who the person behind-the-scene is. Joby loved the idea so much that she even provided us with BTS video teasers and a full shooting story. Find full video and the pics from her ‘STRANDED WITH JOBY BACH’ shooting with Martin Perreault below. Enjoy the interview I had with Joby Bach.
Lyz Lupo: Firstly, tell us some basic information about yourself?
Joby Bach: Well, I am from Montreal, Canada. I spent my childhood in Saint-Bruno; a little city off Montreal. I am 31 years old and I have a wonderful son of 10 years old.
Lyz: Tell us how your life was?
Joby: I had a difficult childhood. My mother was addicted to drugs and alcohol; besides that, she was also bipolar. Luckily, she had this deep desire to get out of this situation and get better, and since 1998, she’s been sober and is functioning very well.
My parents were already divorced so I lived with my mum. It was very difficult, especially between the ages of 4 to 9 years old because of her problems. Positive prospects took place when I went to a private college, because I was surrounded and well guided by the professors. And I could happily say that, “THIS SCHOOL SAVED MY LIFE.”
Lyz: How was it for you as a kid to see your mother being addicted?
Joby: I knew it was not normal! My mother told me that at the age of 3, when she was drinking; I took the bottle from her hands and said: “poison mom poison!”
So, I was pretty much aware of it as a kid.
For some reason, I kept my head cool although I knew it was not normal. Therefore, I never identified myself with this lifestyle. Did I have scars from that time?!!! OH, YES!! Many! And as a result, I sympathize with all those who have had similar experiences to me.
Lyz: That must have been hard, but I’m glad you managed it. How did you learn to not let it affect you? Or, how did you learn to be disciplined and work on your plans?
Joby: That’s a good question!
I believe that my spiritual side embarked here, to answer this question.
I have always said that there are two reasons as to why I could cope.
The first one: Being young, I was NOT raised in a religious family who practised the religion, but for some reason, I always believed in God! At a very young age, I was praying without anyone showing me how to. I felt that someone was watching positively over me in the sky.
Secondly: I saw my mother put loads of effort into getting out of the situation she was in. Unfortunately, damage had been done to me, but it’s NEVER TOO LATE to get out of it. Her recovery gave me a BREAK.
Lyz: Did you continue to be disciplined, or did you also make your own mistakes in life? Describe what happened.
Joby: Oh, jeez!!! YESS, I have made mistakes, but these mistakes have taught me. Because I grew up in difficult conditions, when I was 17, I was selling drugs and I fell myself as a drug user. For me, my thing at that time was Amphetamines, and I loved the night life. My boyfriend at that time was a drug dealer; we had the big life; but it was all illusionary. I lost myself in this universe for 2 and a half years. And I can tell you this, for you to understand that no matter how difficult your life is; there is ALWAYS a way out and you can do something about it. We are powerful and we are the masters of our lives.
By chance, when I was 20, I got out of this world which was extremely unhealthy. I left the boy whom I was with, moved to my father’s house and started to work in a FUTURE SHOP store. It was a new beginning for me.
Lyz: Continue how you became a mother and model.
Joby: I have always been artistic. As a kid, I amused myself by recording myself singing or playing radio presenter. Also, acting as a DJ lol…Yes, I did that!! (laughs), so I am not surprised that I ended up being a model, because I always had an interest in photography and art. On the other hand, my mother role began in 2007 when I had my son, and I can say open-heartedly that giving birth saved my LIFE somehow. I did not want my son to suffer as I had suffered as a child! So, I used ALL possible ways to make sure he would not have the life I had as a child. 🙂 My son is a blessing and the moment I saw his little eyes, I knew I was going to do everything in my power to protect him like a ‘mama wolf’.
Lyz: Being a model is a hard job sometimes, but what about the times when you don’t have a job. How do you manage to stay positive and motivated in those times?
Joby: As you know, being a model means working for oneself. Like all things, when you are self-employed there are strong periods and sometimes slower. This is part of the game as they say.
Personally, during my periods of tranquillity, I take the opportunity to recharge:
Walking in nature, writing, meditating and polishing up on other spheres that turn me on! As for example, spirituality or to create artistic projects. I am also a good life coach! I like to help people in need and to help them see clear through difficult situations. I think I’m a good guider.
Lyz: Why do you think you are a good life coach? What gives you strength to stay positive?
Joby: To be humble and sincere towards all my fans who read me, sometimes I am discouraged in the society in which we live. It’s like a race of the ego.
Who has the most beautiful house, the most beautiful body, the most beautiful career etc, and as a model this game is very present between girls; despite that they are PLUS SIZE, this does not change anything at all.
There is a lot of competition in the fashion industry and that personally turns me off!
I love my job, but I realized that we do not save lives.
Therefore, the best I can do is to try to help my friends and fans realize what’s really important in life. WELL-BEING is real important in-itself, and how to achieve it.
Now you probably wonder yourself, “Why do you continue to be a model.” It’s simply because I love the art behind it. I love to create photoshoots and I love to receive emails from fans saying, “Thank you Joby, you are a real inspiration, you helped me to love myself and to accept myself the way I am. Thank you and please don’t stop!” To be 100% real with you Lyz, it’s my main reason. Plus, why do I find my craft so difficult? It’s because I do not want to act like other models out there. Unfortunately, I find that many of them do it for selfish motivations. Personally, I want to make it in the right way! Without falling into the trap of appearance and lust. I try to keep it real and to focus on the goal to help others instead of being seduced by the assets that the job of a model can bring, or to become A CELEBRITY!
That’s why I think it’s important for me to associate myself with THE RIGHT CLIENTS, because I want to give THE RIGHT MESSAGE to the population. I want to associate myself with those who worry about others and care about others.
Most of my bookings are strategically selected because I like to partner with people of hearts; who take good care of the models. It’s happened to me a few times where I refused big bookings, SIMPLY because my intuition told me: “No, Joby do not make this booking!” I always consider myself and listen to myself.
Lyz: Apart from the motivations of your fans, where do you get your positive outlook of life from?
Joby: It’s a choice
(I don’t have anything else to add) lol
Lyz: Ok, so we already heard that your childhood wasn’t easy, that you also made your mistakes in life as we all did, and that your son changed your life. Can you sum up your life lessons in 1-3 sentences?
Joby: I think it’s super important to be well surrendered by people who have good intentions towards you and who sincerely want to help you. Unfortunately, often in life, it is the bad people who teach you the best lessons! The conclusion is here, do not fear the worst. You should TRUST the process 🙂 and know that everything will be fine in the end.
Lyz: Give me a quote of you that sums up your essence?
Joby: I like to expose the things that need to be exposed.
I’m a truth seeker, like a warrior of light from the famous book written by Paulo Coelho.
ABOUT JOBY BACH:
Joby Bach is a plus size model from Montreal, Canada for many years now. She works regularly for brands like Addition Elle, Le Chateau, Laura Petit Plus, Wonderbra, Curvy Couture with Vivica A. Fox and she already appeared Vanity Fair Magazine in 2014. She is represented by NEXT MODELS CANADA and the contact to book her is DIDIER@NEXTMODELS.CA.
photoshoot: Martin Perreault @martinperreault.ca
model: Joby Bach @jobybach
bts video: Yanik Chauvin @yanikphoto
makeup & hair: Catherine Lavoie @catounua
assistant: Bruno Laporte @bruno.laporte.5
assistant: Pat Tremblay @pat.tremblay.1980
lingerie : Victroria’s Secret @victoriassecret
location: Daniel Goyette Gas Station, Montreal, Canada
special thanks for location tip: Alexandre Monet @alexandre.monet.3
music: Interlude – Briovere Buffentis – jamendo.com
Since Nike decided to launch its very first plus size range for their sportswear to honour the diversity of women’s bodies, it has received much critique which turned out to be both positive and negative. The outfits were modelled from the beautiful bloggers Danielle Vanier and Gracie Francesca; including models such as Naomi Shimada, Paloma Elsesser, and US Olympian Amanda Bingson.
Here are some posts about Nike Women on Instagram:
Ladies, @nikewomen now have a plus size range! I'm beyond proud to have been chosen to collaborate with such a huge brand. Major props to @nike for working with plus size influencers • http://liketk.it/2qzoY @liketoknow.it #liketkit Outfit details & more pics over on www.Daniellevanier.co.uk – 📷 by @jkgphotography #NikeWoman #nike #plussize #workout #fblogger
Did you catch yesterday's blog post?? JUST DO IT! . LINK IN BIO . Today I open up about some new lessons about fear and identity I’ve been working through the last few months and how I’ve –re-adopted the age-old @Nike saying – Just do it! I also talk a little bit about stepping up my workouts @hourglassworkout instead of being fearful. . . Oh…and did you hear?! @NikeWomen recently dropped a new plus size line – It's so nice to see brands like Nike listen to consumers and give us options to workout in – just cause we are plus, does not mean we aren't fit or active! . Hair makeup and photography by @katiuskaidrovoo 🏋🏻♀️🏋🏻♀️🏋🏻♀️🏋🏻♀️🏋🏻♀️🏋🏻♀️🏋🏻♀️🏋🏻♀️🏋🏻♀️🏋🏻♀️ www.SarahTaylorsJourney.com #nike #goldenconfidence #iwontcompromise #skorchmagazine #volup2isdiversity #daretowear #tcfstyle #torontofashionblogger #fullfiguredfashion #ownyourcurves #bodyconfidence #fitness #plussizemodel #psfashiongawds #ashleygraham #fashionforwardplus #curvymodel #GoosFullFiguredFriday #celebratemysize #effyourbeautystandards #beautybeyondsize #mybodysmiles #nikewomen #niketraining #workout #gym #curvyfit #healthyatanysize #healthycurves
And below are some images around this topic that we liked the most:
I would like to express to all the women who seek sportswear within the plus size range to not feel cut-off by the negative comments, what people don’t understand is that the whole point in launching this range is for unification and acceptance; so that you can feel comfortable in sports clothes whether you are heading to the gym, going for a walk, or wearing it in-doors, you deserve to feel the gratification in these garments. Coming from myself who participates in fitness activities a few times a week, wear what you want, and feel happy in your sports gear, because it’s not only fitness models who can exclusively wear this, or people who meet the ideology of what a healthy body looks like, anyone can.
I will not display the negative comments because I believe that you don’t need to be reminded of them, however – I still want to remind you that you are human just like everybody else. If you go to the gym or intend to go, embrace your curves in your new gear, don’t dissuade yourself into feeling like you’re not worthy of working out in them or that you shouldn’t be seen in public with them, as the feeling comes from within.
I am sincerely happy that there is finally a range of sportswear that target plus size women because it shows that we are moving forward in civilization; that we are creating a positive change, even if those that cannot comprehend the reason behind this are blinded by image.
So to all the women who can now shop for Nike sportswear because they finally have your size, you are the athletes too, you are the sports model to model the clothes too; every audience needs to be reached out to and the voice has finally made its way through the league.
I hope similar big brands decide to do the same.
Written by: Justin J. White
(BY STYLE & CURVE MAGAZINE)
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Wouldn’t that be an amazing headline?
We already shared several times requests towards Victoria’s Secret to go plus. My idea to do this started after seeing how amazing plus size model Joby Bach from Canada looks wearing VS bodysuits for her shootings. Until this day, Victoria’s Secret did not announce plans to extend their range. We still have hopes thought!
CONSUMER ASKS FOR EXTENTED RANGE
A few weeks ago our fan Kayla Eterni send us a link of the email she send to Victoria’s Secret:
As you can see Kayla has a great body, she just grew a bigger chest naturally. As a big fan of VS she surely would prefer to continue to shop from her favourite brand, but she can’t do that now anymore because they don’t offer clothes in her bra size 34DDD. This would change if VS started to add bigger sizes to their range.
Furthermore, as girls grow older into women their body always changes. It is a natural progress, like it happens again with a female’s body after she gave birth to a child. I myself see this natural process as a problem for VS though, because they will lose their former clients if they stick to the sizes they have now.
JOBY BACH IN THE FIRST PLUS SIZE CAMPAIGN FOR VICTORIA’S SECRET
To make things easier for Victoria’s Secret we asked Joby Bach to do a shooting for us wearing only their clothes and she agreed! Joby had to change some of the clothes in the VS shop to make it fit her size and to change the look. So, she changed the text of the black shirt from the PINK COLLECTION from “Sorry but I actually Can’t” into “Sorry but I actually Can”. She also designed the Black T-shirt saying: “Definitely and Angel” for the cause, because she really believes that she is an “angel” and size doesn’t matter!
HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF HER RE-DESIGNING:
MORE IMAGES FROM HER SHOOT:
CURVY MODELS ROCK!!!
I believe that these words are 100 % true. We are not scared to demonstrate Victoria’s Secret or any other fashion brand, that doesn’t offer plus sizes, how such a campaign could look like.
We know that not every brand will follow our request and we won’t be angry with them on that. We know that a change means also investments, which needs funding first. Nevertheless, we ask brands to think outside their box and think about their future.
GO BODY POSITIVE AND PLEASE DON’T GO DOWN
In the recent years, I saw so many body positive Instagram accounts growing bigger and better than any other accounts. The reason for their success is a change in the people’s minds. We admire women showing their belly, their cellulite, their stretch marks or any other flaw to the public more than anything else. Showing the world that you are imperfect, but still happy with yourself is a strong message. Therefore, we regard those women as brave. But this is not the end, what has started on social media, will become more and more relevant for our real life. This counts also for the brands we prefer. I picked out Kayla and Joby as those consumers, who would love to see a change in the range and promotion of Victoria’s Secret; but I am sure there are many more who would love a more body positive approach of VS by extending their range combined with the promotion of plus size models.
I say that this is important, because I believe that brands will sell less each year if they stick to their old marketing ideals.
Just look at Sports Illustrated! By choosing plus size models last year and this year, they made sure to succeed again. We the consumers love SI again and we are very excited to see which models they will pick for next year’s issue. The reason why more and more brands and magazines hire plus size models like Joby Bach is, because they see how much they can increase their income through this. As you can see, the body positive approach is already succeeding and it will continue to do so in the future.
I know a single article might not change things, therefore I kindly ask you as our fans to write to VS and ask them to extend their range. Please refer to this article by using this link and write “EXTEND YOUR RANGE AND GO PLUS SIZE – GREETINGS FROM STYLE & CURVE MAGAZINE AND ME”. You can send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org and to email@example.com. It would be better to use both emails to get heard. Both emails are public.
I believe that consumers rule. If you want a change, then we as the consumers must ask for it. Don’t believe that you have no saying in this world. Every brand listens to their consumers, they have to!
I believe in your power! Kayla, Joby and my team from Style & Curve Magazine also believes in YOU! Therefore, write an email to Victoria’ Secret today!
I will also write to them in the name of Style & Curve Magazine and ask for an official explanation why they don’t offer bra’s in XL anymore and when they plan to extend their sizes for their consumers.
First Title – JOBY BACH FEATURED AS THE FIRST PLUS SIZE MODEL FOR VICTORIA’S SECRET
SHARING RESULTS (Our posts and Joby’s posts)
Website – 2,43k
Facebook – 181,3k (6727 likes)
Instagram – 425k (23924 likes)
Total People Reached: 606,3k (30651 likes)
We had to use the first title to see if this news will create a hype. The sharing result shows that it was a huge success already and I am very happy about that. Victoria’s Secret is a Million Dollar brand, so you won’t get them to change anything if you don’t show them what people want.
Regarding the comment that Joby is not even ‘plus size’ and rather just a normal sized woman. For the fashion industry she is regarded as a plus size model. The plus sizes start at size 8 for the industry. Joby herself is a size 14. Now if you wonder why does she looks so thin and fit, then this is due to her fitness regime.
Furthermore, I know that some people don’t like Victoria’s Secret, because their models look too skinny; like young girls. The reason why they look like that is because VS wants to attract young shoppers, but as I said above they will lose them when the girls become women. With an extended size range and with hiring plus size models for their brand, they can connect again with all women. Don’t you think it is important to show young girls that women come in all shapes and sizes? You might not like VS, but you have a responsibility for the young girls of your society to teach them better.
To make a change you only need to send an email to VS as I said above. Use this chance!
UPDATES UNTIL APRIL 24
After publishing the article Joby Bach was asked by a newspaper and a TV channel to talk about herself and about this article. Furthermore, other online pages that follow us and her shared also the story.
Here are the links of the article/shows/posts who mentioned our story:
Le Courrier du Sud – Canada
iHeartRadio – Canada
Krągłości – Poland (liked by 171 users)
Plus Girls – Poland (shared 282 times)
TV SHOW DENIS LÉVESQUE – Canada
Thank you very much for your attention and inform us if you get an answer from Victoria’s Secret.
Photographer: Laurie Godin-Rheault
Hair : Tania Triassi
Makeup: JF DUPONT
Agency : Next Models Canada
I decided to publish a list of ‘YOUR FAVOURITE PLUS SIZE MODELS ON INSTAGRAM’, after receiving a lot of comments from you. The image was originally a post from Joby Bach‘s page :
It took me several days to count all the tags/votes and to figure out how to present you the final results.
I wanted to see if you (as the fans) can reflect with your votes who is trendy and who is up and coming at the moment; I must say that I am very pleased with the results. Of course, many of you also voted for people who are not that known yet, and I don’t mind that, because these are just fan votes in the end. Nevertheless, fans are consumers and they need to be heard!
Furthermore, I want to point out to the fashion world that the International Plus Size Community is growing bigger each year. More people in more countries are becoming active and the result I present to you this year is approximately 10 or 20 % of the total amount.
HERE ARE THE RESULTS FOR THE FAN VOTES OF YOUR FAVOURITE PLUS SIZE MODELS ON INSTAGRAM:
57 MODELS/BLOGGERS WHO GOT 2 OR MORE VOTES:
(This selection contains many big model names from the International plus size community, but some are new names with a very supporting following.)
166 MODELS/BLOGGERS WHO GOT 1 VOTE:
(This selection contains of a lot of known names, but also many new and upcoming models/bloggers worth following.)
NAMES ADDED AFTER AN CHECK-UP:
Only the votes on the post seen above on Instagram and Facebook count.
Votes that followed after I announced that I will start the counting, don’t count as votes anymore. Therefore, they could not get added to this list; they are just your opinions of the best models on social media.
Models/Bloggers that got tagged by the same person 2 or more times will only get one vote.
Models/Bloggers accounts that are private could not get added to the album, since their images are not public. Affected by this are two accounts. The links of the private accounts who got one vote were added in the list of the people for 1 vote.
Some of the tagged accounts were not models, or were models which we would not share on our page. They were also kept out of the list. We understand that you like them, so we didn’t remove them from the original post.
I hope you (as our fans) are pleased with your result, I for my part am very happy to see that 5 people voted for me. This is the only time I am allowed to participate in a contest as myself, as this is just a fan voting system. Thank you very much for that. :*
To all the models who got 1 vote, I am sorry if I didn’t add you in the album. I tried, but I had to find out that an album with 223 people is too much for my website (for now). Therefore, I added your IG links so that the fans can check you out.
I love how the results reflects the current trendiest models/bloggers, and I love that I discovered many new accounts with your help.
To our fans: Thank you very much for making such great results. This is your work!
Every time I share an image of a curve model showing her natural skin, Instagram goes crazy about it. Literally every single time you will find insulting and degrading comments. I myself don’t want to repeat them for now, because I am getting tired of hearing the same words on our page on Instagram!
I would rather like to discuss how to avoid such a behaving in the future by talking about the latest images Ashley Graham. The pictures were taken during a shooting she had together with Teyana Taylor and Niki Taylor at the Miami beach on March 1, 2017. It was a shooting inspired by the iconic serial Baywatch with David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. The images of Ashley took the online world by storm. The display of her butt, her cellulite, part of her tattoo and just herself in the most natural way without any photoshop was literally breaking the internet!
Here is the full collection of images I found so far online:
Pictures are not in chronological order and the source of them is the Daily Mail.
I would like to know now, why can some of you still regard this as terrible or horrible when the rest of social media loves it?
I would like to know, why can’t you just accept that women and men come in all shapes and sizes?
How much more unedited images do I have to post for you to finally realize that you have been brainwashed by the media and that you need to accept NOW everyone as they are?
Realize one thing, Ashley Graham loves your hateful comments, no matter which page shares her. She loves it because, by creating a constant stir with every image she stays relevant and trendy. She is even making more money from your insulting words. Ever thought about that?
Realize another thing, I also love your hateful comments. You give me the motivation and the drive to keep this website and my idea of my magazine alive. I would probably get bored if it wasn’t for you. You are the air I need to breathe. But to make this life better, you should just start to realize that every individual has a right to exist! Is that so difficult?
Ashley Graham said once in a Vogue interview this: “A little cellulite never hurt no body.” I believe that too. This society has come so far and yet we are not wiser than 50 years ago, we believe today that only thin women are regarded as beautiful, while since the beginning of human kind a plus size woman was regarded as the ideal body type. Why else were our forefathers taught that they should praise and admire women who have the body of fertility goddesses?
Nowadays a woman is immediately regarded as ugly and fat when she becomes pregnant and many women are even scared of gaining weight therefore.
What happened with admiring women for their natural beauty?
What happened with respecting any woman, no matter if pregnant, or what size or look she has?
It’s a world upside down and this world is ruled by negativity, but my page, many other pages and models like Ashley Graham are here to show you that we are all beautiful and perfect the way we are!
UPDATE AUGUST 2017:
This post has been the most shared article so far. It was shared on social media almost 8k times. Unfortunatly, one can’t see the stats publicly, because on that day my server changed from “http” to “https”. Now it doesn’t show the correct stats anymore. 🙄 Luckily, I made a screenshot before it, which I included below. 😊 The good news is that it doesn’t destroy the #googleanalytics. 🙆 I would suggest every page to become more secure like I did through www.live.comeseetv.com.
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Iskra Lawrence is the new promo model for a fitness plan of SELF Magazine. This might be a great success for her to be chosen, but it also came with consequences that caused uproar within the public — especially by body positve activist and blogger @Bodyposipanda and others who have previously suffered from eating disorders. Iskra said in a statement that she knew about an eating plan, but did not know that it contained such low calories. Regarding my opinion as a personal trainer, it’s really hard to say because firstly, the recommended daily intake varies from person to person depending on their requirements, that could be to lose weight or gain weight. Secondly, you need to determine whether someone is active or inactive to determine how many calories they need. Thirdly, it depends on where you’re getting those calories from, whether it be carbohydrates, fat, protein or alcohol.
What should have happened is that SELF Magazine should have stuck to the recommend daily intake: 2500 calories for men, and 2000 calories for women. Then include a suitable amount of calorie intake ranging from carbohydrates, protein, and fats (although a qualified nutritionist can only give you an exact nutritional profile). This is where it gets a little confusing (although these figures tend to slightly vary from time to time), the government guidelines recommend : fruit and vegetable (33%), starchy food which includes potatoes, rice, and pasta (33%), milk and other dairy products (15%), non-dairy sources of protein which includes meat, fish, and beans (12%), foods and drinks high in sugar or fat (7%). Some people will argue that these figures are not realistic or are not good for your overall health, whereas some people will agree to those figures.
SELF Magazine should have given a “Healthy,” eating plan and not a “Diet,” plan which is less than the recommended daily allowance. I think that’s where the problem starts where it sends out a message to lose weight even if people are at a “Healthy,” weight and sticking to the recommended daily intake. As far as I’m concerned the calories within the meal plan added up to around 1500 calories per day, which is 500 calories below the recommend daily intake for women, and 1000 calories for men. Calorie intake also depends on each individuals lifestyle, age, height, weight; how busy you are within your daily job also affects calories being burned, etc. That’s the only way to determine true physical fitness, but let me not shy away too much from the main point which is that the plan promotes weight loss and not a healthy eating habit. See here
Is it okay for a curve model to promote fitness? It is completely okay, and all sizes can participate in fitness which also contributes to a good and overall well-being.
To conclude, SELF-Magazine along with Iskra should have included a “Healthy eating plan,” that they both agree with which complies with the recommended daily intake guidelines along with a balanced diet to round it off. This would have avoided the conflict between the public about Iskra and her work with the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA).
Also, to any plus size model who does work for any type of magazine/organisation, please make sure you check with the company what the advert entails: if it meets your requirements, if it meets customer satisfaction (although it is impossible to satisfy everyone), and that it wouldn’t damage your reputation and jeopardize your career by sending out the wrong messages. We all know mistakes can happen but some come at a heavy loss.
Chronology in Iskra’s posts:
Such an honour to be on the Jan cover of @selfmagazine thank you @joycemarg @rsinnkelly for believing in me and always encouraging us to be our healthiest and happiest selves. 👆LINK IN BIO👆 And you can all start 2017 with me & #TeamSELF by getting my FREE four-week workout and healthy eating plan when you sign up! 👆link up in my bio👆 Photography @kaizfeng styling @almudenagg Thanks to my family @jagmodels & @models_1uk for making this all possible. #NewYearsChallenge #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful
No eating plan information, but a picture eating chocolate.
🍫 Happy New Years everyone😘 if you're feeling the pressure to do the whole new year new you diets, think about what reason you're doing it. It's gotta be for you. And it's not about changing yourself because you're not good enough we can make healthy choices of moderation and self care improving our health rather than just changing a number on a scale. I will set myself new goals and challenges in Jan to try and be the best version of myself. I will never feel guilty for eating chocolate or pizza but I also want to keep finding new ways to challenge my body and mind. Eating what I want in moderation but also nourishing myself and trying new exercises to improve my fitness, strength & even for stress relief. Tomorrow is the start of my Jan challenge with @selfmagazine we spent time thinking of a way to create a healthy challenge that you can learn from and it's about you feeling good about yourself because health is so much more than just a size or weight. The links in my bio👆 to sign up and I'll post a pic for the first move tomorrow😝 wearing @aerie undies in this pic by @gavinglave #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful
I want to first thank you all for voicing your concerns about the New Year’s Challenge. I know nothing I can say will undo the damage that was triggered, but I'm thankful to have you all to learn from. Your voices have had such a huge impact and that makes me so happy. After seeing many of your comments and DMs, I spoke with SELF's editor-in-chief, Carolyn Kylstra. We had a meaningful conversation about the Challenge, after which she made the decision to remove the meal plan. My involvement with the Challenge from the beginning was the fitness aspect—I wanted to share some of my favourite workout moves with you all that aren't for weight loss, but to feel healthy, strong and to look after our bodies. I knew that there would be recipes involved but did not know that they would be put together in the form of a meal plan or be so restrictive / low cal. I don’t believe in diets, haven't controlled my food since recovery, and would never mean to advocate for them. So thank you to @selfmagazine for hearing us – this truly shows the power of our community and the importance of the work the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is doing. We are stronger together and we are enough! Thanks to my bf, fam, my team, @nourishandeat @ddlovato and all of you who support me & @nedastaff 💚💙💚
Written by: Justin J. White
Male plus size models are steadily stepping-up, although still fresh, they are up and coming, plus it’s something that I’m looking forward to, seeing them make their mark in this fashion industry. I have been seeing a lot lately, neatly dressed from head to toe — looking dapper, from the likes of IMG model Zach Miko, Benjamin Montanez, Kelvin Davis, Claus Fleissner, Troy Solomon, and aspiring brawn model, Arcadio Del Valle, to plus size male bloggers Michael-Anthony, Riccardo Onorato, Alessandro Carella, and Syed Sohail. It’s a prominent journey for this blooming territory, there must be so many questions like who’s next, how big can this get, what does this mean for the fashion industry, and what do they plan to implement regarding plus size modelling for men.
This was something that was thrown in the deep end, but looks like it’s working wonders for the fashion industry. People are hoping to see more of this and I mean significantly, to the point that it sends the industry into a great deal of enthusiasm; something that could eventually happen overnight or gradually depending on the industries future interest and how many people are intrigued overall. I believe it will bring great business and opportunity to many people and designers, as they will be able to design new clothes that are fit for purpose for plus size men.
See below the male models mentioned above:
This has to be the most beautiful place I've found in colorado so far. #BenjaminMontanez #plussizemalemodel #thefullmonty #puertorican #fashion #beard #styles #nature #sunraise #freshair #beauty #world #earth #wind #fire #water #zen #wabisabi #travel #urben #model #mensxxlstyle #love #me #smile #selfie #l4l #followall #nofilter #followme
🌑 Don't let the clothes wear you, you wear the clothes. No matter how basic. #MensFashion #BigAndTall #streetfashion #streetstyle #urbanfashion #malemodel #mensfashion #bear #gay #gaymen #beard #beardgang #beardporn #malefashion #bigmensfashion #bigandtallmodel #malestyle #fashion #fatshion #plussizemalemodel #plussizemodel #effyourbeautystandards #bigandblunt #brawn #plussizemenswear #plusmenrevolution #brawnsquad #BodyPositivity #CelebrateMySize #PMMLOVEMYBODY
And some of the bloggers:
Si è vero di solito dico sempre di non vestirsi troppo di nero, ma oggi mi andava così 😁😀😎🙌 #UominiDiPeso #PlusMenRevolution #bodypositive #plus #plussize #beard #psbloggers #plussizemenswear #instastyle #menswear #instafashion #plussizemalemodel #fashionblogger #mensfashion #gordinho #maleblogger #styleandcurve #outfitsociety #picoftheday #fallfashion #brawn #effyourbeautystandards #menstips #menstyle #celebratemysize #beautyisnotgeneric #plusmalefashion
That’s it for now folks. Let’s see what the future holds for this sector, because I’m sure there are a lot of men who would never have thought this trend would be coming through anytime soon. A great thumbs up from our side to see this happening.
Written by: Justin J. White
20 years ago, the only future plus size models could hope to have was to end up in a catalogue! Today things have changed to the better and the Plus Size Industry is growing faster than the speed of light. Which is no surprise for me when you keep in mind that most women are plus sized! It started in New York with the Fuller Figured Fashion Week and magazines like Plus Model Magazine and today we got the Millionaire Curve Models, who are the idols for the younger generations. Everything is coming up roses, right?
I had the idea to make this article on Jan 10, after Ashley Graham became the first model to hit the 3M mark on Instagram. Two days later Iskra Lawrence followed her and right now she even leads. Nevertheless, their achievement is a success for the whole Plus Size Industry. The more successful the role models become, the more successful will the industry itself become! We still have a long way to go still, but I am happy to see how great we manage each step.
I’ve estimated 5 models who have over 1m followers on Instagram and figured out 5 reasons for their success.
1. Sexy Photos
We all know that sex sells, but these models manage to combine lingerie pictures with a positive attitude.
2. Great Marketing Choices
These models create their own movements, create their own top stories and they collaborate with good marketing pros.
3. Awesome Contacts
Contacts, contacts, contacts – This is an old and still true reason for a big success and these models have them.
4. Great Brand Selections
The secret to become a house hold name is to be favourite model of a brand. Everyone knows that Ashley works for Addition Elle and that Iskra works for Aerie.
5. Unapologetic Attitude
These models are not scared to show you their bodies with all their so-called flaws and are unapologetic about it. Tess Holliday is the pro in that section.
HERE ARE THE 5 MILLIONAIRE CURVE MODELS ON INSTAGRAM:
Ashley Graham is without any doubt the most successful one. The reason for me to make her my number one is the SI swim cover and that she was the first one to achieve the 3M followers on Instagram. Bow down b***, the queen has arrived! Her success story will continue…
Iskra Lawrence might be ahead of Ashley right now, but I know from the past that this can change again. Still, I love to name her as the second most successful plus size model on IG. She got very successful in a short amount of time, due to the 5 reasons above and it’s not the end yet. Can’t wait to see what the princess will achieve this year!
Jordyn Woods 2,5m
Jordyn Woods is Kylie Jenner’s BFF, with this simple information she was already all over the news by now. Jordyn surely started her career by already knowing the right contacts. This combined with her beauty and her unapologetic attitude made her so successful.
Tess Holliday 1,4m
Tess Holliday rose to fame for her daring and unapologetic attitude. No other size 22 model received so much attention for wearing lingerie or nothing. Unlike many others who would step back, she embraced the love and hate and kept on doing what she can do best. This way she got hired by an international plus model agency, appeared in People Magazine and worked for many high ranked international brands. So, stop hiding and show your confidence to the world, it can still end well for you!
Ashley Alexiss is the first plus size model who became Playboy’s Miss Social in 2011. From there on her success story only grew bigger than many expected. Apart from being a sexy beauty Ashley also an MBA in Communication and her own brand called Ashley Alexiss Swimwear. Today she is working for many high ranked plus size brands and has a following of 6M (FB + IG). Ashley Alexiss can still achieve a lot more and I feel blessed to follow that on her social media.
WHY I FOCUSED ON INSTAGRAM?
I want to end this article by explaining why I focused on Instagram for this article. Ashley Alexiss surely has more followers than the other models, but Ashley Graham rules on Instagram right now. I wanted to focus on this side, because Instagram is the perfect platform for fashion. It is today more successful than Facebook and Twitter. Furthermore, I experienced out myself how Facebook is trying to restrict plus size pages and models and I don’t want to praise this page for now; until they change!
The models above still give me hope though. More acceptance, more toleration and more love for plus size women can happen if we continue to support the role models!
P.S. More articles about other models will follow in the next weeks.
First, we like to thank you all for all the reactions and support we received for making the 35 Nominated Models public in this article. It was not initially planned to publish them, but when I saw how many amazing models our jury of 5 people had chosen I knew I need to show them too.
Our jury contains of me Lyz Lupo as the editor-in-chief of Style & Curve, my co-admin Norman Spee, artist Fernando Ferreiro, Matt Gotowchikow who is the admin of the page Plus Size and Beautiful and Marta Rivera who is a freelance writer of the newspaper La Voz Hispana New York. I asked all jury members to send me over a list of their Top 12 Curve Models. My request was to choose models they like personally and that they deliver a list of international models.
We counted all the points of the selected models and then we made the final decision as the magazine. For us as a magazine it is important to choose models that support us, that follow us, that give us a positive feedback, that have already worked for many international brands and that are also involved in an organisation or movement for women.
Our finally decision was to choose these following model as our TOP 12 FEATURED MODELS for 2017:
MEANING OF THE FEATURED MODEL
We got a lot of comments complaining why we didn’t choose other models like Ashley Alexis, Jessica Milagros Guzman, Cassie Donahue. London Andrews or German models in general. The featured model list was created to follow models we like more closely and provide more updates about them. If you follow us regularly, you will see that we also like to share many other ones. Especially models like Ashley Graham or Tess Holliday provide always new stories, because they are in the news. We will also follow the nominated models and share if we see some great updates. For us this list was created to praise the great work plus size models are doing every day. Not being featured here, doesn’t mean we won’t share the other models at all, we just want to highlight some of them per year. I think we should celebrate life and the work of these women and not complain about them.
As mentioned above the meaning of the featured models is to have them as our profile picture on Facebook per month, to share them more often and to support them. Many models will get chosen for several years, but we also love to feature new models daily.
There are so many amazing models out there and if I had to make a list of the them starting with the best one, I guess it will be a Top 100! 😉
Style & Curve Magazine
Like every year, we make a list of the best plus size models. Last year I had to choose a list of Top 20 models because I liked so many of them. This year I chose to have a jury decide which models should become the Featured Models. The jury members are my co-admin Norman Spee, artist Fernando Ferreiro, Matt Gotowchikow who is the admin of the page Plus Size and Beautiful, Marta Rivera who is a freelance writer of the newspaper La Voz Hispana New York and me as the Editor-in-Chief of Style & Curve. I asked all jury members to send me over a list of their Top 12 Curve Models. My request was to choose models they like personally and that they deliver a list of international models.
I ended up with a list of 35 Nominated Models who must get selected in the end for the Top 12, because 5 people have different opinions on who are the best ones. I am so happy to see that there are so many amazing plus size models in so many countries. It shows that the movement grows bigger each year.
Here are the 35 Nominations for Style & Curve’s Top 12 Featured Models List:
I know you will enjoy our selection. Stay tuned, because in one week we will publish the list of TOP 12 Featured Models by Style & Curve Magazine.
Style & Curve Magazine
Tonight was the Night! The Victoria’s Secret show was held at the Grand Palais in Paris tonight! The most wanted top models were gracing the catwalk at tonight’s show, including the celebrity supermodel Kendall Jenner and Gigi + Bella Hadid.
THE SHOW WAS AGAIN ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS IN THE WORLD, BUT I COULDN’T CARE TO WATCH IT AT ALL!!!!
The reason for this is not because the models aren’t amazing, and not because they are too thin, it is because a brand is just doing a presentation showing their products only on smaller sizes. I know that VS has bodies in XL, because some plus size models already wore their lingerie for shootings. Furthermore, in this case I do not accept the stupid excuse that they only chose thinner models to save money on the materials. The models are wearing cheap lingerie, except for the super-expensive bra they are presenting at the end. Let’s face it, they don’t want to use curvy models because many viewers out there would still consider them as ‘fat’ or ‘obese’. These comments and flimsy excuses are ridiculous!
WHICH IS WHY WE WANTED TO ASK YOU IF YOU WANT VICTORIA’S SECRET TO ALSO CAST SOME CURVY MODELS NEXT YEAR????
To simplify the descisions, we already chose some models for you. We have put them next to known VS models to let you see that there are no differences, except for their sizes. This is not a comparison, and we don’t want you to disparage the other models. All sizes are beautiful for us and it should be for you too.
Tell us what you think, should VS hire curvy models?
REACTIONS TO THE LATEST SHOW
‘I don’t really like that Victoria’s Secret models are all skinny with no curves. That’s not what the average body looks like.’
‘I want a girl with an actual booty to model Victoria’s Secret panties. Too much to ask?’
‘But why are all the Victoria’s Secret models flat chested? I mean you’re selling bras.’
‘Victoria’s Secret models literally have nothing on Ashley Graham or Iskra like are you kidding me?’
‘Twenty years ago, supermodel Karen Mulder sashayed down a makeshift catwalk at the Plaza Hotel in New York wearing just a pretty white babydoll nightie, all honeyed limbs and glorious blonde hair.
This was a very early Victoria’s Secret lingerie show, which sent shock waves through the industry for its risqué ensembles and generous helpings of glamorous, golden flesh.
The American lingerie brand, then in its infancy, had struck upon a potent formula: send beautiful women down a catwalk in their undies and you’ll attract attention.
Nowadays these are the kinds of outfits the models wear just to travel to the shows; the stuff they actually wear on the catwalk is so revealing you can practically glimpse their internal organs.
There’s something else striking about the pictures from 20 years ago, too. The girls have curves. Not excessive ones, of course —this is still a catwalk, they’re all slim as pins. But they don’t look like they’ve been surviving on nothing but chamomile colonics and tissue paper for the previous three weeks, like the current lot.’
THEN vs NOW
I hope to see a change soon for VS, because it is finally time for you to also listen to your consumers on social media. Sorry Victoria’s Secret if I was ill-mannered, but I really think you should change things within your marketing because you will lose the popularity in the future!