One of the model's being featured in the magazine is Robyn Lawley, once a "regular" size model now "plus" size. Lawley has been an advocate for positive body image and is most well known for learning to accept herself as is which skyrocketed her career as a result.
Lawley is quoted telling Madison magazine “I don’t think I’d be as successful if I stayed straight size,” she says. “My body looks better as it is because that’s the size I’m supposed to be, with curves. It’s my natural body shape.”
Kudos to Vogue Australia's editor Edwina McCann who has been very vocal in the positive body image debate, even stating that "In the magazine we're moving away from those very young, very thin girls. A year down the track, we ask ourselves what can Vogue do about it? And an issue like this is what we can do about it. If I was aware of a girl being ill on a photo shoot I wouldn't allow that shoot to go ahead, or if a girl had an eating disorder I would not shoot her."
Once again it's really nice to hear about some of the steps being taken in the right direction for including another type of body image in the media but we need to see more of this and we also need to see more of it taking place in North America. It sometimes feel like we are so far behind when all the positive steps are being taken by other countries and not Canada or the U.S. What do you think? Do you see enough effort in North America regarding making changes to stepping out of ideal thin standards in the media?
And just for the record...plus size models look pretty damn good and I don't think they should be classified as plus size at all! Where are the diverse body types? I want to see those! But for now I'll settle for plus!