Model Fired for Being 'Too Big' Has a Body-Positive Comeback for All of Us

A year ago, British model Charli Howard was told by her agency that as a size 2/4, she was simply too big and out of shape to work in the fashion industry. She wrote a strongly worded Facebook post, quitting the agency and slamming them for their "ridiculous, unobtainable beauty standards." And then she went on to form a site that sends out a beautiful message -- that "physical attributes do not define us as women." 

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Howard joined forces with fellow model Clementine Desseaux, aiming to show a diverse array of women flaunting their so-called flaws and looking incredible while doing it. It's an important reminder that just because we don't see all bodies represented doesn't mean there aren't endless ways to be beautiful.

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They've made a site called the "All Woman Project" that features women of every shape, size, and color being totally themselves -- and totally beautiful. The video includes fashion names like Elliott Sailors, Shivani Persad, and Iskra Lawrence.

They're all not just models, as the credits to the video describe them -- they're "role models."

"This project started because we both genuinely believe that huge brands can be more diverse in their choice of models and body shapes," Howard told InStyle. She continued:

We hope the All Woman Project proves that both straight and curve models can feature in the same campaigns, and look great in doing so. Although society leads us to believe our flaws are shameful, we hope to prove there's nothing wrong with our bodies and we want women to start loving theirs. Everyone deserves to feel represented in fashion, and we hope young girls viewing the campaign can see their shapes represented by the models we've used.

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Starting September 12, the All Woman Project wants everyday women to share their own images tagged #iamallwoman. A selection of images will be featured on their website.

I really hope every mother out there considers submitting her own images, even if that's not normally your thing. 

Because sometimes the things we can't do for ourselves seem more important when it comes to our kids.

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Our daughters, as the video points out, deserve to grow up and see themselves represented on billboards and catwalks.


And our boys deserve to get a real representation of what women actually look like, rather than some airbrushed cartoon fembot invention. It's important and healthy. And as their first role models for what women are (and should be!), we should all pledge to work a little harder to love ourselves and teach our little ones how to do the same.

We know it's possible because the world is changing. And videos and projects like this really are a call to "all women" to make it just a little kinder and gentler to our bodies. Ourselves included.

 

Images via Heather Hazzan and Lily Cummings for All Woman Project 

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