Posts Tagged ‘plus models’


Curves By Victoria Janahvili

December 18th, 2014 4:36 pm


2014 has seen the general media conversation regarding body image and body positivity feature more prominently with a more encouraging tone. Of course there is a long way still to go but as 2015 approaches, photographer Victoria Janahvili has added her own contribution to the conversation.

Victoria has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a photography book called ‘ Curves’, the book is a celebration of body image positivity. Whilst the book focuses on the imagery of women’s curves, the underlying idea behind the project is body positivity. “We like booty,” the Kickstarter’s introduction reads. “We like your booty. We like curves and boobs and hips and bodies. We love bodies. We love women’s bodies, whether they are skinny, full, flat, athletic, old, young, block, brown, white… But not everybody does… Because not everybody knows how beautiful bodies truly are!”

Janashvili, who was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, studied photography at the London College of Fashion and currently lives in New York City. Working in the fashion industry for several years, she has assisted some of the greats in London and Paris before doing her own thing in New York. You can see her work in a range of publications, from GQ to Cosmopolitan and from Esquire to the New York Times. Victoria has strong opinions regarding body positivity and tries to ‘portray a healthy and more relatable model’ in her own personal work, which is why ‘Curves’ is so important to her. “I feel very happy that the fashion magazines and media in general [have] started to embrace…healthier images of a ‘beautiful woman,” she writes on her Kickstarter page, “and that is why I strongly believe that this art book can help make a change even more.”

Most of the images for the book have been shot and some exclusive images have been released which you can see below, additionally you can watch a behind the scenes video on the Kickstarter campaign page.

Well known plus-size models Denise Bidot and Marina Bulatkina feature in the book. Both models are “outspoken advocates of ‘self-love’ and positive body image’; with Bidot recently making headlines during New York Fashion Week by becoming the first plus-size model to walk multiple runways for straight-size brands.

Victoria believes that the book will be a very important tool in spreading the image of a realistic and beautiful body that women of all ages can relate to and she also believes that the book is an essential publication for the fashion industry, for media and for women.

At Anna Scholz we are strong believers in positive body image and attitude and we are very excited to see the book when it is published and the reaction that it creates.




The New Barbie?

November 20th, 2014 4:24 pm


Over the years there have been many arguments to do with the child toy Barbie and the unrealistic body ideal she portrays.

An American artist, Nickolay Lamm decided, due to his own negative attitude to his own body growing up, to create a ‘normal Barbie’, named Lammily, which represents an average BMI and body size.

The doll comes with a realistic wardrobe and stick-on acne, scars and stretch marks to combat the false ideals that dominate the children’s doll market.

He used a crowd-funding project and US government health data to make the brown-haired Lammily doll, which reflects what a Barbie doll would actually look like, if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman’s body.

He also edited a video which shows how it’s body would change if she were made into the average barbie. The results are shocking.

Lammily’s instant popularity was largely driven by a concern for body image,” he said in a statement on his website. ”I believe this issue is of great magnitude. I myself have lived through my share of insecurities. Back in high school, I starved myself and exercised to exhaustion to have a set of six-pack abs. After achieving my desired BMI, I looked and felt terrible. This experience taught me to keep things in perspective. Every one of our bodies is different, so we should not be aspiring to some idealized standard.

“When I look at current fashion dolls, I’m reminded of my experience in high school… I’m reminded that there are some things that are just a mirage and not worth emulating. Moreover, I’m reminded that there is beauty in embracing all the aspects of who you are, and in staying true to you.”

With the concept of the doll revolving around being true to you, Lammily also has an average wardrobe and accessories that reflect her many different facets – such as gardening or book-reading. The graphic designer has also created a series of realistic stickers which can be added to the doll, including cellulite, scars, moles, freckles, acne and the ability to blush.

Lamm aims to extend the Lammily doll in the future to include different ethnicities and different healthy body shapes, along with special edition toys based on inspirational role models from the world of sports, actors and world leaders. And of course, a line of male dolls.

Here are some links and videos to explore for yourself.

https://lammily.com/

http://nickolaylamm.com/




A Perfect 14

May 23rd, 2014 1:20 pm


The film ‘ A Perfect 14 ‘ follows the journeys of three plus-size models, Elly Mayday, Laura Wells and Kerosene Deluxe. It shows their struggles against the perception of body image which currently exists in the mainstream media.

Although the film has not been completed yet, it has already gained an exciting following with over 10,000 followers on the Facebook fan page. It seems there’s a lot of excitement surrounding this project as we all wait for an official release date.

Produced by Canadian filmmakers James Early O’Brien and Giovanna Morales Vargas, the documentary offers an unflinching look at the modelling business and its often unforgiving treatment of women with curves.

‘ A Perfect 14 ‘  also looks at the label ‘plus size’ and discusses what the term actually means? and it’s relevance in today’s society.

The trio of plus size models share personal experiences of the modelling world. The aim is to help and empower not only each other but the viewers as well and to try and change the current notions of beauty. In addition to becoming successful models they are also driven to make a positive impact in the world.

We’re certainly looking forward to watching this film and following the story of each of these beautiful women.

Visit the site HERE

Or watch the trailer HERE





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