Since posting a picture of herself wearing a bikini, this photo of Stella Boonshoft has gone viral. Boonshoft originally posted the image on The Body Love Blog to help others dealing with body image issues and to assist them in loving themselves.
The caption on the photo says, “Picture might be considered obscene because subject is not thin. And we all know that only skinny people can show their stomachs and celebrate themselves. I am not going to stand for that. This is my body, not yours. MINE.”
Boonshoft is one of many women displaying their curves as a way of taking a stand and professing their love of self. As more women and girls learn to appreciate their figures, I’m sure she won’t be the last.
In recent years models, bloggers and everyday women have proudly expressed themselves in this manner. Today we applaud these brave women by revisiting photos and stories of plus size women baring it all.
In 2009 Glamour Magazine featured a naked Lizzie Miller in an article discussing “fat speech” and how your body image in essence, limits your choices in fashion and everyday life.
After the overwhelming positive response from the image of Lizzie Miller Glamour Magazine has decided to include more plus size models in their November issue. Miller, along with fellow full-figured models Kate Dillon, Jennie Runk, Amy Lemons, Crystal Renn, Ashley Graham and Anansa Sims posed nude.
In 2010 ‘Top Model’ winner Whitney Thompson and plus size actress and activist Chenese Lewis posed nude with confidence in celebration of Love Your Body Day.
When Gabi Gregg showed off her curves in a two-piece she inspired and empowered other women to join her. After receiving an overwhelming amount of support, she stopped by The Today Show to share her message.
To create a more fashionable world for plus size women online shopping mall Navabi enlisted plus size model Mariesther Venegas for their recent campaign which involved her exposing her curves in the streets during Berlin Fashion Week.
In their 2012 October Issue PMM asks, “Is Body Shaming Present In Our Lives?” The article features Cover model Ivory May Kalber who is joined by plus size models Liris Crosse, Wynnetka, Laura Johnson and Emma Meyer.