beYOUtiful – Redefining “Beauty” in the Fashion World

It’s always important to surround yourself with a girl squad that champions you to be your authentic self and accepts you regardless of appearance. After all I have always been inspired by and driven through life by these two powerful and truthful statements:

“You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

No one chooses the body we inhabit. You can’t choose your hair color, eye color, or bone structure that you were born with. But thank goodness because it is those unique qualities that make our world a beautiful place and an interesting place to be and live.

The most beautiful people are happy people – The ones who radiate comfort in their own skin, and spread positivity. However it is no secret that in the fashion world we are still battling beauty stigmas and challenging the standard of what our culture see as “beautiful”. Although there is still a long way to go, there are also so many amazing people making huge strides in the right direction. So many models, bloggers, activists, and designers have started an important conversation and are getting results. They’re not only lighting up runways during fashion months around the world – they’re taking action to disrupt the status quo in magazines, clothing ads, and beauty campaigns. Whether they are advocating for fashion for women of all sizes or just stepping out of traditional norms, they are looking gorgeous while doing so. These women below provide major inspiration and are making our world a more beautiful place and working to change the norm of “beauty”.

@DenisBidot There Is No Wrong Way to Be a Woman: That’s a slogan that grew into a website and a movement when it was launched last year by this model and single mom to inspire women to love themselves and celebrate their individuality. The former makeup artist has also blazed a trail across the runways at New York Fashion Week over the past two years and you can also find Bidot in the current Sports Illustratedswimsuit issue in a bikini with her stretch marks unretouched, an implicit message to women to embrace their unique beauty no matter what imperfections they might believe they have.

@MissGeoBurke The Aussie model is featured in the documentary Straight/Curve, which focuses on the female body image and how models are helping redefine society’s beauty standards.

@bonjourclem This beauty co-founded the body-positive advocacy campaign @allwomanproject to show the industry that a group of women from different ethnicities, ages, and sizes can be successfully represented in the same ad campaign.

@Alessandragl is a part of a group of models fighting against the prevalence of eating disorders in their industry along with the Model Alliance and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).

@GabiFresh Her push for high-end designers to recognize women of all sizes has made her a high-profile advocate in the press. Gregg exhibits a philosophy that “no rules are the new rules.”

@TessHolliday In 2013 she started a body-positive movement with the hashtag #effyourbeautystandards, and two years later landed on the cover of Peoplemagazine, which dubbed her the world’s first size-22 supermodel. Tess continues to empower women to feel confident in their own skin.

@CandiceHuffine launched Project Start (@psyougotthis), an effort to galvanize women to begin a running journey, similar to the one she started about a year ago. Now, after running in some races with the help of other women warriors (and her husband), Huffine is on a mission: to show women that the size of your body does not determine your ability to do physical activities like running. Don’t worry ladies, she knows “you got this!”

@TheSabinaKarlsson is featured in the book and photo exhibition Diverse Beauty, by photographer Alexi Lubomirski.

@PreciousLeeXoXo is one of the faces of Lane Bryant’s three most empowering campaigns, “I’m No Angel,” “Plus Is Equal,” and “This Body.” In fact, with the brand’s “This Body” campaign, Lee made history by appearing in a three-page spread in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

@ShadeyShay promotes self-acceptance, the idea that we all deserve to be seen, and the conviction that every story matters.

@BoStanley is an outspoken critic of the idea that only surfers of a certain size should be sponsored and featured in ad campaigns. Like some of the women listed above, the athlete works out to be healthy and strong. However, she rejects the idea that women should feel pressured to exercise in order to change their body for some beauty ideal. She uses her platform to dispel that myth and promote the notion that “health and beauty come in many shapes and sizes.” Stanley’s feed is all about surfing moves, yoga poses, and a little beachside fun as well 🙂

Thank you to all the men and women who are helping spread positive messages and inspiring people all over the world. Hopefully this blog will inspire more people to adopt this mindset and continue to spread this message !

Be YOU and you are automatically beautiful.

Reghan Blake – blondeBLAKE

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