“Recently I decided I wanted to wear less black. Black has never been my go to wardrobe color but it is a best seller in most cases. Do you think that is because women like the color black or because we have been told it is slimming and that colors and patterns make us look big? I love color, patterns, and I love wearing white. (Even after Labor day) I think what we wear carries an energy with us as well. So I have decided to give my black clothes a rest for a while and be a little brighter and lighter. Don’t be afraid to wear your favorite colors!”
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Model and student Imogen Ker was at a housewarming party in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles recently when the host delivered an unexpected blow. He waltzed into the kitchen, where the 25-year-old was alone, and introduced her to a complete stranger.
“‘Imogen would be perfect if it wasn’t for her body,’” the host remarked, according to Ker, who recounted the incident to TODAY. “He gave me this very snarky look as if he was trying to be playful.”
Ker was shocked. As a model with thousands of social media followers, she has grown somewhat accustomed to unwelcome comments on her body. But to be body-shamed by someone she considered a friend — and in front of a man she’d never met — felt completely different.
“I was just really taken aback, if you can imagine, almost as if someone punched me in the stomach,” Ker said. “My first reaction was to let it go.”
As a model, Ker consistently fights pressure from herself and others to have “the perfect body.” But in recent years curvy or plus-size models have received more exposure in mainstream media, and Ker believes this is a step in the right direction.
“Obviously there is still a long way to go and a lot more to be changed, but curvier girls being incorporated in the fashion industry is just one part of a much bigger thing that is happening. It’s getting more inclusive,” Imogen said.
Our girl Tabria Majors interview with Galore Magazine.
Well known for her works with Forever 21 and recently being one of the 15 finalist for Sports Illustrated Swim Search, Tabria Majors is a model who is giving the industry a run for it’s money. Breaking the internet with her curves on the daily, she is very open about body positivity. She embraces the f-word, and is constantly showing off her skills that totally de-stigmatize concepts that come with being a thicker women.
How did you break into the modeling industry?
My agent in LA actually found me on Instagram when I had under 2,000 followers. We set up a meeting and I signed with them a few months later.
Was it hard, being that the industry is kind of dominated by sample sizes or what would be considered average?
Fortunately, for me, the sample size for plus is a 14 so I was able to start booking work fairly quickly. The industry is still dominated by sample sizes, but it’s becoming more inclusive of a broader size range
What would be considered plus size in the modeling agency vs. your definition of plus-sized?
A few years ago, plus size was anything over a size 4, but now the industry has adopted the term “curve” which, I think, encompasses 6-12 and plus as 14+. Some people use curve as a blanket term for anything over a size 4 and others make the distinction between curve and plus.
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16-year-old Natalie Nootenboom made history when she became the first plus-size model to walk in the Anna Sui show during New York Fashion Week. The 5’11, half Japanese model and niece to DJ Steve Aoki was once bullied for the very traits that have made her a standout in the modeling industry: her long dark hair, full lips, green eyes, and distinct Asian features. But Nootenboom believes her mission is one of empowerment and continuing the body positivity movement that has already helped her feel more represented. “I’m an ambassador for women and for body image,” Nootenboom tells ELLE. “I think that the more plus size models are out there and the more that they are incorporated into the media that it’s so much easier to accept your body and see people representing different body types.”
“It was uncomfortable at first. Being the first of anything requires a little uncomfortability. When I walked backstage, a lot of people assumed I was on crew because they had never seen a plus size model walk for Anna Sui. A lot of the other models were well known, and they had a lot of press. The photographers didn’t know who I was. I thought it was a very magical experience, and I’m so honored that she chose me to be the first plus size model.”
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