Body-positive documentary to air June 21

TV is about to get a little more body positive, thanks to a brand-new documentary.

According to Glamour, a documentary called Straight/Curve will make its debut on EPIX on June 21. The film, which Glamour says “aims to redefine the beauty and size standards enforced by the fashion industry,” features prominent models like Iskra Lawrence, Denise Bidot and Charli Howard, all in an attempt to change the fashion industry.

Sharing their own struggles with body image issues, Glamour reports director Jenny McQuaile said the models help to shed light on a complex fashion environment, as the film examines “the misconceptions around health and size, body shame, the lack of diversity in fashion and media, and the limited scope of education in fashion schools, among other issues.”

Glamour also notes that the film features “Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn, and Chromat designer Becca McCharen, as well as Claire Mysko, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association—all of whom are important in rounding out this conversation.”

Catch the film at 8 p.m. on EPIX on June 21.


Bidot is unretouched perfection for Lane Bryant

Model Denise Bidot knows a thing or two about owning the skin you’re in; as the founder of the “There’s No Wrong Way To Be A Woman” movement, Bidot’s mission is to prove that true beauty does not take one form. Now, the model is proving this message yet again in a new photo for Lane Bryant.

According to the Huffington Post, Bidot posed in a bikini and coverup for the retailer, which was shared on their Instagram account. The best part — the photo is completely unretouched.

“We at Lane Bryant simply believe that all women should be seen and celebrated as they are,” CMO and EVP of marketing Brian Beitler told HuffPost. “Society and the media continuously project an unrealistic and frankly out-dated beauty and body standard.”

Also working with Lane Bryant in promoting this body positivity is Danielle Brooks, Ashley Graham and Gabourey Sidibe, says HuffPost — women that Beitler says “are breaking boundaries with their confidence and talent” and “will continue to promote body-inclusion in fashion and media.”



All woman, all the time

Models of all sizes were front and center of a brand new campaign, and it’s proving that all sizes, shapes and figures have a place at the fore of the fashion industry — and in the world at large.

According to POPSUGAR, the All Woman Project — co-founded by models Charli Howard and Clementine Desseaux — recently convened some of the freshest faces in the modeling world for a photoshoot to advance their mission of body positivity and diversity, which included Aerie alum Iskra Lawrence, as well as model Denise Bidot.

The resulting photos from the #IAmAllWoman campaign were not only beautiful, but were also unretouched, POPSUGAR says, letting each woman’s natural beauty shine forth in both group and solo shots.

Desseaux explained part of the motivation to create the campaign in a press release:

“We may be models, but we all have cellulite, stretch marks and other flaws that make us women, but which society teaches us to be ashamed of … This campaign is designed to unify women around the globe.”

But beyond unifying women around the world, POPSUGAR reports Desseaux said she hopes young girls find inspiration int he movement and learn to love themselves as they are.

“We want all young girls to look at fashion images and see their body shape or ethnicity represented,” she said, “something that most of us starring in the video didn’t feel like we had growing up.”

To check out the campaign photos, click here — and be sure to support the campaign by clicking here.