Graham, Elesser bring ‘body revolution’ to ‘Vogue Arabia’

If being comfortable in your own skin is a revolution, these two models can bring their revolution to every corner of the globe — and that’s exactly what they’re doing.

According to Cosmopolitan, models Ashley Graham and Paloma Elesser are sharing the cover of Vogue Arabia‘s July/August issue, dubbed their “Body Revolution” issue as it boasts “The best summer looks to celebrate all shapes.” While both look just as stunning in silver in their shared cover as they do in their close-up solo covers, what they said inside the magazine is just as eye-catching.

Cosmo says Graham discussed how she believes making people feel good and comfortable in their own skin is something of a “calling” for her.

“My mother told me that when I walked into a room, I would greet every single person — even at three years old. It was more of an emotion that I would give people, and it would leave them feeling good about who they are,” she explained. “I think that’s what I’m doing today: letting women know that they are worthy, that they are beautiful, and that they can be happy with who they are in their skin.”

Elesser, however, took her turn to describe how she has come to accept herself, which has everything to do with how she manages her feelings about her body and nothing to do with changing who she is.

“The feelings that I have about my body today aren’t very different from the way I felt about it in first grade,” she said, according to Cosmo. “What has changed is the way I navigate those feelings.”

 

Elesser represents Nike in new ads

Having curves does not mean you don’t work out — that seems to be the undertone of Nike’s latest advertisements.

According to the Huffington Post, the athletic brand recently commissioned New York model Paloma Elesser to model a brand new sports bra. Elesser, who’s signed to Muse Management’s plus-size division, shows in the photo released on Instagram how to tell if the bra you’re wearing fits correctly. The caption reads:

“Welcome to Sports Bra 101 🤓 Fact (1 of 4): Most women wear a band too big and cup too small. Raise your hands above your head. If the band moves up, you may need to size down. Learn more through the link in our profile. #nike#nikeprobra#sportsbra

What the Huffington Post points out is missing from the caption is “any mention of her being plus-size or any indication that there is something different about this image compared to the rest on the page.”

While this is a discreet way of promoting body inclusivity into the world of fitness, many Instagram users took notice of the image’s latent message, praising the company for representing women with curves.

Although the photo is just one small step toward greater industry inclusivity, hopefully it is the first of many more to come.