5 Wins for the Plus-Size Fashion Industry in 2020

 

Despite all the odds that 2020 has thrown our way, designers from around the globe managed to find some inventive ways to share their Spring 2021 collections during Fashion Month. But as influencer and advocate for size-inclusive fashion Kellie Brown noted, “Overall, the representation has been down”. Whilst there was still a lack of body diversity, there were still a few spotlight-worthy moments, and here they are…

Rihanna showcased plus-size male models for Savage x Fenty

When Rihanna said everybody, she really meant everyBODY. Her lingerie line, Savage x Fenty, was launched less than 2 years ago, but despite its fresh face in the fashion industry, it’s always been known for its size inclusivity and overall diversity from the very start.

 

 

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With that said, this year she included a plus-size male model, breaking the glass ceiling – to which Kellie adds that “seeing men included as well was really phenomenal because I feel like especially plus-size men are very often left out of the entire conversation”.

 

 

Versace showcased 3 plus-sized models for the first time

 

 

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Versace, who have been around for over four decades, have finally chosen the right path and sent plus-sized models down the runway for the very first time. These include Jill Kortleve, Precious Lee, and Alva Claire.

 

 

Ashley Graham walked the Fendi SS21 runway

 

 

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Ashley Graham, a renowned plus-size model, stepped onto the runway for the first time ever since giving birth last January. Graham is known for ALWAYS keeping it real, and she even shed light on social media on how much bodies change during pregnancy.

Here, Kellie highlights how “whether you’re a model or not, having a baby doesn’t mean your career is over, especially if your career is centred around your body” – and to this we say, AMEN

 

 

Paloma Elsesser became the first plus model to walk for Ferragamo

 

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A luxurious Italian line that is nearly a century old (yep, you heard that right) sent out their first-ever plus model, Paloma Elsesser. One might recall her from the beauty brand, Glossier, who placed the spotlight on her and this, along with walking the runway, served as “a reminder that even beyond the runway, inclusivity really does belong in all facets of the fashion and beauty industry”.

 

 

Jari Jones modelled for Christian Cowan

 

 

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You might have seen or heard of Jari from a previous Calvin Klein campaign, a truly ground-breaking moment, and she rocked it once again for Christian Cowan’s Spring 2021 collection.

Body diversity has without a doubt increased on the runway, but we are yet to see the day where plus-sized models on the runway “doesn’t make the news because it’s so normal. That’s when we’ll have true inclusivity — when the conversation isn’t happening because it’s the norm.”

 

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