“This is the time for the plus-size movement.”
That’s Sabina Karlsson, a stunning, Swedish-born plus-size model who is one of the many faces of the new documentary Straight/Curve, a film which explores the push for body diversity in the modern fashion and beauty industry.
Produced by Jessica Lewis—a former model herself, Straight/Curve comes on the heels of a pivotal moment in mainstream modeling. Robyn Lawley made headlines for being the first “plus” size model to be featured in a Sports Illustrated editorial (Lawley later clarified that she considers herself to be an in-between size), while Ashley Graham—a size 16 beauty—graced the mag’s pages in a swimsuit ad.
With the momentum of the movement growing, large retail brands have come under fire for not promoting a more inclusive representation of body types, including Calvin Klein (who faced some, well, misdirected heat after choosing in-between size model Myla Dalbesio to star in the “Perfectly Fit” underwear campaign), Target (who didn’t offer plus-size pieces from the Lilly Pulitzer collaboration in stores) and Victoria’s Secret (whose “Perfect Body” campaign was met with such ire that the tagline was changed).
Straight/Curve is set to be released next summer and, really, we can’t wait. It’s time to talk about body diversity, and to put these conversations into action.
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