While the likes of Ashley Graham and Tess Holliday help open eyes and minds to a different beauty paradigm to the one that we are usually peddled, the fashion industry is still playing catch-up.
Yet one agency is pushing boundaries to prove that long and lean is not the only body type that should be deemed acceptable to strut down a catwalk and shake what your mama gave you.
Thanks to Curve Model Management, they are celebrating diversity and paving the way for women and men who don’t fit the heroin chic agenda to be just as successful as their peers.
The Hamburg-based agency, founded in 2011, is one of the first agencies in Europe to represent curve and plus-size beauties worldwide.
Not only do they represent a variety of shapes, they are also an advocate of racial diversity and embrace unique traits with one of their male models showcasing his vitiligo.
Vitiligo is a skin condition where pale white patches develop on the skin, caused by a lack of melanin (the pigment in the skin). It is the condition model Winnie Harlow has too.
The team also work with an eclectic array of influencers who bring body positivity not only to the runway but also to thousands of social networkers every day.
In particular, the stunning Brazilian-born Fluvia Lacerda – who has an army of nearly 400,000 followers – has a passion to show her admirers that fashion is not a matter of size.
There is also Brett Morse, who won the discus gold medal at the UK Championships in 2010, and later became the first Welshman to represent Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics.
Alongside Fluvia and Brett, there is Lorena Duran. This Spanish beauty, closing in on 200k followers, was the very first curvy model to shoot for Victoria’s Secret.
If you’ve been bitten by the modelling bug, the agency is on the prowl for new faces.
The only catch, you will need to fit into their height and size requirements: 5’6”-6’0” and minimum size 10 for a female and 6’0”-6’6” and minimum size L for a male.
Don’t be shy, get involved by clicking here: Curve Model Management