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Plus Size Models

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Perceptions of Plus size models vs. Thin Models
A role model is defined as," a person who serves as an example of the values, attitudes, and behaviors associated in a role," whether it be in the arts, business, education, medicine, or law” (Houghton). Recently, I saw a video of an empowering young woman speaking in front of an audience of students. She spoke of body image and how to feel comfort in your own skin. This woman is known as, Ashley Graham, a famous plus-size fashion model. Her motivational speech provoked me to research how society views the “perfect” body. Role models are often the definition of an "ideal" person based on the perceptions of others. In the fashion industry, how is the definition of a role model applied to a plus size woman? The perception of beauty has greatly influenced the definition of a role model throughout the fashion industry. Active supporters to plus-size women have
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The number one factor involved in obtaining confidence is loving your body. In a newly published book called, A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like, by Ashley Graham, it “offers insight into how ideas about body image are and are not evolving in today's culture” (Graham). Graham’s legacy in the modeling world became well-known in 2012, when she became plus-size model of the year, later making her debut in Sports illustrated magazine (Naij). In the past, a plus-size model was unthought of. A fashion model was required to be thin with a flat frame. Over the past decade, the perception of body image has begun to shift. A curvaceous body is viewed upon as the ideal physique to have, versus a flat build. Ashley Graham is a major contributor to this shift today. Traveling across the United States, Graham reaches out to the younger generation about self-confidence to all shapes and sizes. She has revolutionized the concept of being a role model, while referring to personal
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