Fashion is not for the faint hearted. Over time, unrealistic standards and high expectations have pushed girls to the brink of insanity? And although the stigma around plus-size models is fading away the steps are so tiny.
It is indeed interesting to say that more women are willing to take matters into their own hands and rewrite the rules altogether.
Guess what !!!
A plus-size model, Denise Mercedes, is doing just that. The size 14 Dominican model has launched a TikTok challenge titled “Style Not Size” with her friend Maria Castellanos. The two friends of different sizes are putting on the same outfits, sharing the snack-sized videos to 1.7M followers, and showing that beauty comes in all shapes and forms.
When Denise was 16 and a petite size 8, she started submitting her pictures to modeling agencies, but her height was too short for industry standards. She kept on posing for the camera as a side hobby until she turned 21 and had gone up to a size 14.
According to a statement on her website, Denise started putting outfits together and posting the images on social media. She is an avid advocate of body positivity and runs a campaign #becauseitsmybody dedicated to women of all shapes and sizes. She now has collaborated with many fashion brands and boutiques like Forever21, Target, and JCPenney.
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Their videos have now been liked a whopping 30.6M times, proving that healthy and happy women rule the world!