The Changing Eye of the Beholder

Elle Spain

Elle Spain

The fashion world and modeling industry are not my thing, and I rarely focus in on the names of the new faces that are gaining in popularity as they strut their stuff walking down the runways, but something new is on the horizon and I have a feeling it is here to stay, although it is LONG overdue.

Elle Spain’s current cover features a groundbreaking young cover model named Tara Lynn. The thing about her that caught my attention is that Tara Lynn is what is known as a plus-size model. She is currently around the 12-14 size range, but had been more of a 14-16 for most of her life.

Lynn has worked hard to be able to come to terms and accept her body as it is, something that is not shared throughout an industry filled with horror stories about the way women practically starved themselves to the point of causing harm to their overall health in order to look right for the upcoming shoot or to be able to produce the right effect for the clothing they were modeling.
Since she took her first steps forward in the movement of getting the modeling world to see the beauty if voluptuous women, Tara Lynn has fronted H & M’s “Big is Beautiful” campaign and has worked with amazing fashion photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier and Steven Meisel.

The good news is that it seems as if the tide is turning, slowly. Bigger women are becoming more and more accepted in the industry and curvier models are finding their legitimacy with photographers who are excited to do shoots in which they can capture the fuller look, especially since the girls are fit and able to do more with their bodies.

Plus Size Models

Plus Size Models

Admittedly, the differences in bodies with more fat on them makes it difficult to get clothing to look as right as the standard hanger thin model that is standard in the modeling industry. But it is not just clothing. There are cosmetics, shoes, perfumes, jewelry and other modeling gigs that only ultra thin models got in the past. And although it is a slow move in the direction of diversity in body looks and sizes, it is taking place.

Embrace Diversity

Embrace Diversity

The voice this tale carries to the world is that although ultra thin may always be preferred by designers for convenience purposes, beauty is much more permissible to be in the eyes of the beholder, even if the beholder isn’t marching to the beat of the same drummer that we have become accustomed to. No message should be touted out louder to young girls who struggle to accept themselves the way they are. We can work together to set a new standard that says diversity and individuality and uniqueness can be that new standard we all seek.

Judy is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. Judy’s professional experience in the mental health field along with her love of writing, provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. Her fresh voice and down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life are easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!


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