Curvy Models featured in the Sports Illustrated Issue 2018 broke the internet. but is this cast diverse enough for you?

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit released yesterday the images for the 2018 issue and it broke the internet literally, even on our own page.

This issue will be the most diverse one so far, but is it also diverse enough for you?

“Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 features cover model Danielle Herrington
The issue includes hundreds of amazing photos from locations throughout the Caribbean, featuring returning models Kate Upton, Hailey Clauson, Ashley Graham, Kate Bock, Barbara Palvin, Samantha Hoopes.
The 2018 Rookie class includes twelve fresh faces: Alexis Ren, Anne de Paula, Chase Carter, Georgia Gibbs, Jasmyn Wilkins, Kate Wasely, Raven Lyn, Robin Holzken, Sailor Brinkley Cook, Ebonee Davis, Hunter McGrady, and Olivia Culpo.
Athletes in the 2018 issue include Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, tennis stars Genie Bouchard and Sloane Stephens, Golf Paige Spiranac, and snowboarder Brenna Huckaby.” via SI SWIM

Here are the highlights of the issue:

Women of Colour

Cover Model Danielle Herrington

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit managed to create yet another record by choosing Danielle Herrington as their third African American woman. Before it was Tyra Banks, the creator of Americas Next Topmodel in 1997 and Beyonce in 2007. I really love their decision to have Danielle as their cover, especially since it’s Black History Month in the US.

Gallery Danielle Herrington

Jasmyn Wilkins

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“The Atlanta native, a former Miss Georgia USA, has been modelling full-time for the past three years. Jazz (as her friends call her) is quite the athlete. She played lacrosse and ran cross-country in high school, where she was also captain of her track and field team. Her background in sports shouldn’t be that surprising, though. Her dad is former NBA player Gerald Wilkins and her uncle is NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins.” – Source

Gallery Jasmyn Wilkens

 

Raven Lyn

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Raven Lyn is signed under Storm Management and has modelled for some brands like Gap, Nike, Levi’s, Sephora, and Garnier.  She has also worked with some big names like Zayn Malik (in his Snakeships Music video) and The Weeknd for the Puma XO ad. Raven is an American model who grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She owes her exotic beauty to her African, Puerto Rican, Irish, and Native American roots.

Gallery Raven Lyn

Curvy Models

Ashely Graham

First Curve Cover Model Ashley Graham is also featured this year in the magazine and her images where the most shared ones on my feed. It is now the third time that the model and designer will be seen in the issue and she wears again her own collection with Swimsuits For All.

Gallery Ashley Graham

Tabria Majors

 

Tabria Majors might not get as much attention for being in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit as the curvy leader Ashley, but I want to point out for a second that she is the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN CURVE MODEL to be featured in the magazine. Tabria, who is signed under Natural Models LA, said this in an interview with SI Swim about her education: “I went to the University of Memphis. I was a music business and piano performance major.”

Gallery Tabria Majors

Hunter McGrady

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Hunter Mcgrady, who is signed under Wilhelmina Models LA/NY, is the second time featured in the magazine; but for the first time a Rookie. For the 2018 issue she participated in the “In Her Own Words” project, after “Jamie Frankel came up with the brilliant idea of doing the shoot with words written on our bare bodies. Words that were personally meaningful to us. Words that we thought embodied our story, our truth, and our viewpoint.” – Source

Gallery Hunter McGrady

Myla Dalbesio

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Myla Dalbesio is an American model, artist, and writer. She is signed under Next Models and most known for her campaign as the first curve model working for Calvin Klein in 2014. Myla also participated in the “In her Own Words” shoot in which she showed solidarity for the #MeToo movement. She is regarded as a plus size model, because with her size 10 she is not a straight size model for the Fashion Industry anymore.

Gallery Myla Dalbesio

Robyn Lawley

Robyn Lawley is a Curve Model from Australia, that is living in New York. She is most known for her feature in Vogue Italia alongside with Tara Lynn and Candice Huffine. She sparked a lot of controversy for being named a plus size model, because as a size 8 model she is too big to be a straight size model. She was also part of the “In Her Own Words” shoot photographed by Taylor Ballantyne.

Gallery Robyn Lawley

Kate Wasley

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Kate Wasley is known as being one part of the model duo “any.body_co”. She and her friend Georgia Gibbs are both featured in the issue of 2018. Their project presents size diversity, because to them beauty has no boundaries.

Gallery Kate Wasley

Athletes

Aly Raisman

@SportsIllustratedSwimsuit Credit: Taylor Ballantyne

Aly Raisman is an American gymnast and two-time Olympian. She was a member and captain of both the 2012 “Fierce Five” and 2016 “Final Five” U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics which won their respective team competitions. Raisman is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around silver medalist and floor silver medalist.  Raisman is Jewish with roots in Romania. She recently joined UNICEF Kid Power as a brand ambassador Kid Power Champion. In November 2017, Raisman came forward as one of the many victims sexually abused by the former Olympic team physician, Larry Nassar, starting from the age of 15. On January 19, 2018, Raisman was one of several victims that read impact statements at Nassar’s sentencing. (Source)

Due to her own experience, she contributed to the #MeToo movement also by participating in the “In Her Own Words” shoot.

Gallery Aly Raisman

Sloane Stevens

@SportsIllustratedSwimsuit Credit: James Macari

Sloane Stephens is an American tennis player. She has won five singles titles, including her first Major at the 2017 US Open. With that victory, she became the lowest ranked player to ever win the women’s singles title and the first American woman apart from the Williams sisters to win a Grand Slam since Jennifer Capriati in 2002. Stephens was awarded WTA Comeback Player of the Year in 2017. (Source)

Gallery Sloane Stevens

Brenna Huckaby

 

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Brenna Huckaby is the First Paralympian to appear in SI Swimsuit. She is a pro Paralympic snowboarder, and this is her wish for the readers when seeing her in the magazine: “I hope women feel empowered by it. Everyone should feel sexy. It doesn’t matter what your body looks like, when you feel good in your skin it shows. Let me tell you, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t feel good in your own skin!” – Source

Gallery Brenna Huckaby

Other Models

Kate Upton

@SportsIllustratedSwimsuit Credit: Yu Tsai

Kate Upton an American model and actress, known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Appearing in the issue of 2011 as a Rookie was her breakthrough as a model. Kate is known for her curves and is signed under IMG. (Source)

Gallery Kate Upton

Paulina Porizkova

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Paulina Porizkova is a Czech-born Swedish model, actress, author and feminist, who holds dual U.S. and Swedish citizenship. At 18 years old, in 1984, she became the first woman from Central Europe to be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She is also known for appearing in the song “Drive” by the band Cars. (Source)

In 2018 she decided to get back with Si Swimsuit at the age of 52. Here is a quote from her “In Her Own Words” article: “For years now, I’ve had nightmares about being once again photographed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In those dreams, I’m in a bikini in some fabulous place, a sandy beach with palm trees and a glorious sunset. Although I’m ready for the photo shoot—makeup and hair in place—I just sit there and watch other young models pose. The photographer is yelling “fabulous” and “beautiful” while I wait and wait and the sun is going down. The truth is that I know I am a middle-aged woman and I can’t compete with these beautiful young women. I have other things to offer, but not in this setting. Here, on a beach in the sunset, the only thing that matters is how I look. One doesn’t have to be Freud to get the gist of it. In my opinion, nothing ages as poorly as a beautiful woman’s confidence.” and about the other women from the shoot: “They were beautiful. Women of all different sizes and ages, naked, their skin shouting words they wanted the world to see. Fierce. Human. Lover. Real. Mother. Optimist. Genuine. Strong. None of it was sexy or coy, just vulnerable and honest. The beauty lay not in the perfection of the bodies, quite the contrary, it was in the confidence and bravery it took to reveal their imperfections. I realized the word that I was so proud of having picked wasn’t just mine. Although none of the other women had used it, they had the outcome of that word scribbled all over them. One word that demanded we gather our confidence. Demand we be seen. Demand we speak. Demand we are heard. TRUTH.” – Source

Gallery Paulina Porizkova

 

DIVERSITY – ENOUGH OR DO YOU WANT MORE?

After spending the day doing my research for the images I am finally able to write down my questions for you:

  • Is it ok for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit to only pick an African American woman every 10 or 11 years for their cover? Or should it be more often?
  • Do you think the issue has enough curve models or do you want to see more next year?
  • Regarding the Athletes and the selection to also include an mature model, do you like these ideas?
  • DO YOU FEEL REPRESENTED BY THE FINAL SELECTION? BEFORE YOU DECIDE, TAKE A LOOK AT ALL THE MODELS HERE: https://www.si.com/swimsuit/archive/2018

 

Tell us your opinion.

Kind regards,

Style And Curve Mag

 

#CurvyProject: Canadian Curvies

I decided to pick the Ladies from the Canadian Curvies project for our cover image on our Facebook page, but I also want to introduce our fans to it.

 

ABOUT THE CANADIAN CURVIES:

Meet Sarah, Daniela, Yolanda and Catherine – four Canadian women and models from different walks of life that have come together to create a special project entitled, Canadian Curvies. These women united stand for body positivity and diversity, self-love and confidence with a passion for fashion. Their mission is to inspire women and young girls everywhere to love their bodies just as they are, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They believe that beauty starts from the inside, and that confidence is the most beautiful thing a woman can wear. The project was officially launched on social media July 1, 2017 on Canada’s 150th birthday, with a Canadiana-inspired photoshoot by renowned photographer, Ronnie Lee shot at Woodbine beach in Toronto, Canada. As it’s officially summer, the shoot features Ashley Graham swimwear from SwimsuitsForAll and as the women wanted to demonstrate that cellulite, rolls and tummies are natural, acceptable and healthy parts of the body that shouldn’t be hidden or edited out – all of the photos from the shoot are completely unretouched. It is their hope that seeing unaltered bodies will help other women see the beauty in their own.

We asked the Canadian Curvies several questions about their project.

Why did you create this project?

Sarah DeMelo: “I co-founded Canadian Curvies because it is important to me to instil self love and confidence in girls at a young age. Growing up I was only exposed to one body type that was defined as perfect. I want to reiterate that there is no ideal body. Bodies come in different shapes and sizes, and we are all beautiful in our own way.”

Daniela Lombardi: “If a woman does not fit into society’s “norm” she’s considered unhealthy, she’s considered obese, she’s on the couch all day eating donuts.  We have to put an end to this stereotype. By creating Canadian Curvies, we are able to get that message out. I may not be a size 6, but I rock my size 16 proudly.  I have battled my weight my whole life; I watch what I eat, I am active, and I am healthy.  You can be curvy and fit, as much as you can be slender and unhealthy. Healthy lifestyles come in all shapes and sizes…as does sexy!” 

Catherine Field: “There is an important differentiation to be made between being curvy and being obese – we founded the Canadian Curvies because we want to defy stereotypes about what a healthy body is, and role model that a healthy lifestyle does not result in the same shape and size for every body.” 

 

You are 4 women of different sizes, differend hair and skin colours, why do you want to promote body positivity?

Sarah DeMelo: “I believe the body positive movement, and showing body diversity in the media is really important. It’s important to the four of us that we can utilize Canadian Curvies as a platform to show young girls and women that there is no ideal body. We are all perfect in our own way.”

Yolanda L.: “Growing up, diversity was never prevalent in the media the way it is today. I always believed I had to be a certain size, skin colour or shape to be accepted. Co-founding Canadian Curvies, is my way of giving the younger generation someone to look up too. The greatest joy that I have received since starting this project, is hearing my nieces tell me I’m ‘#goals’.” 

Daniela Lombardi: “Meeting Catherine, Sarah and Yolanda has been truly life changing for me.  We are all diverse and at all different stages in our lives. Each of us brings something different to the table and it just meshes poetically.  A friendship and support system we all least expected and are extremely grateful for. Just made sense that we did something together that we were all passionate about. One of the reasons why I helped co-found Canadian Curvies, is to have a platform for self-love and self-confidence.  We have to teach girls and women that they have to embrace themselves.”

 

Why is it important to have such a Body Positivity/Diversity project also in Canada?

Daniela Lombardi: “Being new to plus size modeling, I realized that there is a lack of Canadian representation in the plus size market in North America. We want to use Canadian Curvies to bring attention to this. There are a lot of plus size models in Canada; but it seems that if you’re south of the border, your chances are better to be hired… even in Canada. We want to showcase to the world that confident, curvy Canadians can and will rock this industry too!” 

Catherine Field: “We’ve seen an underrepresentation of Canadians in the North American plus size industry, and felt strongly about creating a group to give a voice to Canadian Curvies and bring more awareness to the amazing talent that we have here in Canada.”

 

Meet the Curvies:

Sarah DeMelo – IG: @sarahdxoxo

Yolanda L. – IG: @yolieyolandaxo

Daniela Lombardi – IG: @_danilombardi_

Catherine Field – IG: @hourglasscath

Photo Credits:

Swimswuits: SwimsuitsforAll by Ashley Graham

Photographer: Ronnie Lee Photography (http://www.ronnieleephotography.ca/)

 

MY COMMENT:

On a personal note, I must say that I love the models and the brands of Canada a lot. I even can’t tell you why, but I think that comes from the love my father had for Canada all of his life. He always wanted to go there one day and he was even thinking of moving there with us, but it didn’t happen. I am happy that I could highlight with this article of the Canadian Curvies their issues at least.

 

Follow them here:

Social Media:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/canadiancurvies/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/canadiancurvies

 

 

Make sure you follow them to find out more about them.

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Mag

 

 

2015 WAS A ROCKING YEAR FOR THE CURVY REVOLUTION, BUT 2016 WILL BE MORE SUCCESSFUL!

The year 2015 was already a great year for curvy women. So many things happend that we never thought were possible a few years ago. But they happened and they changed important things regarding the perception of curvy women.

FIRST LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN 2015:

ASHLEY PART 1 – ASHLEY GRAHAM WAS THE FIRST PLUS SIZE MODEL TO BE FEATURED IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Ashley Graham said about this achievement:

‘I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too.

‘There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt. The world is ready for more curves in bikinis.

‘Swimsuitsforall helps women feel confident and sexy in swimsuits and I am so thrilled to be a part of the Curves in Bikinis campaign!’ ~Daily Mail

Even though Ashley was only seen on an advert in the magazine and her fellow model Robyn Lawley became the first official curvy model to work for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, for me her breackthrough is more important since she is bigger than Robyn.

ASHLEY PART 2 – ASHLEY GRAHAM COLLECTION ON THE NEW YORK FASHION WEEK FOR ADDITION ELLE

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Ashley Graham has since a few years her own collection with Addition Elle and in the year 2015 she appeared with this collection also at the New York Fashion Week:

Now some people might hint out that this is not high fashion and these things don’t belong to the New York Fashion Week. I disagree! Every company that can pay the price of being part of the NY Fashion Week has to gain our respect for that, because it is a really expensive investment. And they would not be the only company making an overpriced show just to sell later “cheap” clothes. Just think about the money Victoria Secret spends on their show each year. The most expensive item on the show is only a bra with diamonds on it. The other lingerie is actually very cheap – just look at their website: https://www.victoriassecret.com/.

ASHLEY PART 3 -#IMNOANGEL & #PLUSISEQUAL BY LANE BRYANT

Let’s face it, Ashley Graham is the TOP CURVY MODEL of our time! She was already in the news with her first lingerie advertisement years ago, which was banned later. And she will always be in the news with any new campaign or collection she is doing, because she works with the right companies who know you need a message to sell your products. Lane Bryant is one of these great companies who had two important campaigns running to increase the media attention for plus size women. With these campaigns all the big magazines wrote about her, even the Vogue Magazine.

TESS HOLLIDAY GETTING SIGNED BY MILK MODEL MANAGEMENT AND APPEARING IN PEOPLE MAGAZINE

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This news was, for a model like me, just great to read. Tess Holliday is as tall as I am with almost the same size and she still got signed by Milk Model Management Agency. Robyn Lawley is also under this UK agency. So she is in good company! Tess is the plus model with the most likes on all social media pages, because she is not scared to be controversial. She might get bullied a lot, but this is what helped her to succeed!

#BEACHBODYNOTSORRY WITH DENISE BIDOT FOR SWIMSUITSFORALL

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After the #CURVESINABIKINI campaign with Ashley Graham, Swimsuits For All decided to make another campaign called #BEACHBODYNOTSORRY. They choosed for this curvy model Denise Bidot and showed a promo of her without any editing of the skin. They showed her natural body. We have to accept that every curvy body has flaws like cellulitis. But this doesn’t mean that a model like Denise is less good. She has proved for many years that she is a great model!

“There is no wrong way to be a woman” ~ Denise Bidot

See here our former post about the campaign here. And here is our album on facebook of fans supporting the campaign.

ASHLEY NELL TIPTON WINS PROJECT RUNWAY

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How cool was it to see plus size models walking at the New York Fashion Week for the Project Runway show. But it got even better, because plus size designer Ashley Nell Tipton even won in the end.

“It’s nice to see how much the mainstream fashion community has been so accepting of it,” ….”It’s very exciting to see that folks finally want to make plus-size mainstream.”~Skorch Magazine and People Magazine

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I was happy to see curve models I know, like Liris Crosse, Danielle van Grondelle, Chloe Marshall and Lornalitz Baez, walking the stage.

See all the pics here.

ADELE COMEBACK AND HER COVER ON THE TIME MAGAZINE

Adele had her comeback finally after all those years of being outside the public. Adele does not only have one of the best voices from the UK, but she is also already a plus size celebrity icon and I was so happy to see that she is back. Her song “HELLO” is still everywhere in the news and I know some of you can’t even hear it anymore. Well, I don’t care. Her album was breaking selling records already in the first week.  She even managed to get her first Time Magazine cover, so her comeback is a huge success after all.

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GREAT THINGS THAT ALREADY HAPPENED IN 2015 BUT THAT WILL ALSO EFFECT 2016:

AMY SCHUMER AND SERENA WILLIAMS FEATURED IN THE PIRELLI CALENDAR

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How cool was the decision of Pirelli to do something new for their calendar 2016. They choosed not to feature models as usuall. This time they choosed to feature the most inspiring women of the world. Women of all ages and races like comedian Amy Schumer, athlete Serena Williams, artist Yoko Ono, model and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, actress Yao Chen who has over 70 Million followers on her chinese website. They all got photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

I loved the most that they showed the women in a natural and rather simple photographic way to show their natural personality. Especially the picture of Amy Schumer is ground-breacking in the fashion world. For so many years we are used to photoshop all flaws of women. And even women who didn’t like their body wanted to get photoshopped. But Amy Schumer didn’t mind to show her natural stomach. It only shows that it is all natural to have a stomach nowadays. Watch also the Behind the Scene video:

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN CASTS CURVY MODEL CLEMENTINE DESSEAUX

A natural beauty in #LouboutinCharme. @bonjourclem @lesmijotes 🎥 @mvonthron

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Now a lot of great things happened already this year for curvy models, but having a model Clementine Desseaux as the face of the beauty range Rouge Louboutin by Christian Louboutin is almost ground-breacking. Critics said that it doesn’t matter if she became the face of the lipstick promo, because she only has to feature her face not her body. But I have to say that it is a great achievement for a curvy model. Clementine’s unique look with her curves and her freckles symbolizes in a perfect way natural beauty. And even if she doesn’t show her curves in this spot you can still see a face of a size 14 model and not a size 0 model. I think that Christian Louboutin made the most perfect choice to have her as the rolemodel for his beauty brand.

Order your own Rouge here.

BETH DITTO DESIGNS HER FIRST PLUS SIZE CLOTHING LINE WITH JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

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Just before the year 2015 was over the next amazing headline appeared. And I thought it can’t get any better. I am glad that I was wrong. Beth Ditto announced that she will bring out her own first plus size collection in co-operation with Jean Paul Gaultier. Now we already know that Jean Paul loves all women, no matter what size or age they have since even our curvy idol Velvet D’Amour was walking for him years ago.

But making a collection with Beth Ditto clearly is an amazing thing. The design they choosed is a t-shirt collection with the famous corset by Jean Paul Gaultier worn by Madonna – like in this link.

Sure the big t-shirt might not be figure-enhancing, but you can still  ake it more tight in the back. Overall I must say the idea is great, funny and has a great fashion rock style. I would surely want to wear it!

GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN GERMANY FOR 2016:

SILVANA DENKER’S #BODYLOVE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES AND GOES INTERNATIONAL

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We already asked you to support the #BODYLOVE campaign by Silvana Denker. And the reason for this is that she needs to finance her trips all by herself. To make Silvana’s dream come true to go international show your support here.

Her campaign got international attention by the media already. This shows how much people want to see natural women. Therefore I am sure with our support she will change the minds of the people worldwide. And we totally want to see more news of #bodylove like in the collection below.

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© Edit by Silvana Denker

 

PLUS SIZE FASHION DAYS SHOW AND AWARDS 2016

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Plus Size Fashion Days already had a special award ceremony during the show in 2015. And I think it is a great idea to award the best blogger, the best fashion brand and the best plus size model national and international.

The show developed from a idea by CEO and Founder Tanja Marfo 3 years ago. I attented every show since then. I can tell you it got better every year. Therefore I am excited to see how much better it will become in 2016.

CONCLUSION

All the headlines from last year show that the fashion world finally recognizes plus size women as an important target. We are new hip and trendy, so either you follow us or use us for your promotion or you will be regarded as old-fashioned. And no teen likes old-fashioned stuff. The future for curvy women is bright and I am sure more brands will understand this in the near future!

Have a good time and always remember to love your body and love yourself,

Lyz Lupo