Online retailer ASOS made waves when it began using unretouched models, featuring everything from stretch marks to cellulite. But now, the company is drawing extra praise for showcasing one model in particular in their lineup.
According to Insider, shoppers took to social media to share their delight in the company choosing Vivian Eyo-Ephraim to be a swimsuit model for their ASOS Curve line. For example, Twitter user Katherine Laura said, “Glad to see curve models are actually the sizes sold and not a size 12 wearing larger clothes. Thanks ASOS,” while another simply wrote “THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE!!!!!”
Others praised the move as a significant step toward achieving greater body inclusivity and diversity in the fashion industry, as Twitter user Martina shared, “she’s so beautiful and seeing my body shape being represented as well makes me so happy.”
Eyo-Ephraim told Insider that the opportunity has given her a platform to break down the doors of beauty standards to represent all beauty.
“”I am so grateful to Bridge Models and ASOS for championing diversity in the fashion industry and giving me this amazing opportunity to do a job I love,” she said. “To have the public respond in such a positive way to one of my first jobs is so unbelievable, it just highlights now more than ever that we want to see a wider representation of women and men on the high street and we are going to champion the brands that listen to us.”
Sometimes, speaking up or putting yourself out there can be extremely difficult. It can take all the confidence and bravery you can muster to finally speak your mind, stand up for yourself or go out on a limb in pursuit of your dreams. But, when you have models of those who have gone before us — those who have busted down doors or pointed out double standards — it can make it a little bit easier for the rest of us who are trying to find our way.
This week, I’ve chosen two pieces that I think are very important to read, albeit for different reasons. One teaches us to speak up in the midst of the most difficult or trying circumstances, while the other offers insight on the roadblocks women may face when striving for success. Both, however, will leave you feeling stronger and inspired. Here are my two favorite online reads for this week:
Gretchen Carlson: What Speaking Up Against Sexual Harassment Did for Me—and Why I Encourage Other Women to Do the Same
(Trigger warning) The former Fox News host reveals details the sexual assaults she faced as a Miss America candidate and later sexual harassment she faced working her way up the media industry. Her experiences — and the countless others she heard from women with similar stories — then inspired her to write Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Back Your Power, due out on Oct. 17. Read her essay on InStyle here.
Jewel Eliese: How to Get Published: Be Male?
Writer Jewel Eliese breaks down the barriers to success in the world of publishing, which she concludes may be a function of gender, as males — and even females writing under male pseudonyms — have an easier time getting manuscript requests and even published. However, Eliese argues that we, as a society, can change things if we remove gender and its adjoining stereotypes from the equation and focus on the quality of the storytelling, not the name signed at the bottom of a query letter. Read her full article here.
While these pieces certainly point out the many trappings that can go along with gender, they should serve as a source of inspiration, letting us all know that change is possible if we have the courage to pursue it.
In a world where people can hide behind their screens and fire off scathing comments without having to show their faces, it helps to maintain a sense of humor. It seems to help for Kelly Clarkson, at least.
According to Glamour, the singer tweeted about the Fourth of July and thanked those in the armed forces for their service — a tweet a troll decided to respond to with a “You’re fat” comment.
While uncalled for, Glamour says Clarkson retweeted the comment and added her own: “….and still fucking awesome,” she wrote, complete with an emoji sticking out its tongue.
Now THAT’s how you shut someone down on social media.