Updated: Feb 8, 2019
Gone are the days when plus-size women are exempt from fashion.
Captured by Riley Brennan. Model Left Scherezade Ueno, Model Right Caroline Vandiver.
Curvy women are finally being recognized in the world of fashion thanks to models like Ashley Graham and Barbara Ferreira, not being afraid to show off their bodies. Brands such as J Crew are beginning to look at plus size women as part of their target market, by releasing their products in larger sizes. So you would think this is a sign that society is starting to break body type standards, if an industry that is known for capitalizing on such ideas is beginning to open up. In reality, although we’ve made progress, most of the time when we see these women being represented, they look like they came straight out of a catalog magazine. Now don’t get me wrong, catalog magazines are great at doing what they do, but if we believe that curvy women are beautiful, then why aren’t they featured in more editorials, more cutting-edge fashion shoots, and luxury brand campaigns?
A while back an online magazine that I read released an editorial that seemingly embraced the beauty of plus size women, but the way it was done made them look as if they couldn’t do the same type of shoot any size 0, 6-foot tall model could do. The post made it seem as if plus-sized women didn’t belong in high-end fashion, and instead looked like they were saying “Hey, you're gorgeous- but only in JC Penny adverts.” Even though the online magazine didn’t have those intentions, it really just pissed me off. So as a response, I created “This is an editorial about women.” The images below are all about celebrating beauty no matter shape or size. It’s about feeling incredible in your own skin and truly embodies the idea that every woman is beautiful. My goal was to make my models feel sexy and elegant, while in a setting that wasn’t just another ad campaign for the XL t-shirt section at Walmart.
So this is not an editorial about curvy women- just like any other Vogue editorial isn't about skinny women. This is an editorial about women.
Captured by Jessica Caughron. Model, Caroline Vandiver.
Captured by Jessica Caughron. Model, Scherezade Ueno
Captured by Riley Brennan. Model, Caroline Vandiver.
Captured by Riley Brennan. Model, Scherezade Ueno
Captured by Jessica Caughron. Model Left Scherezade Ueno, Model Right Caroline Vandiver.
Captured by Riley Brennan. Model, Scherezade Ueno.