While American media is slowly improving its representation of a variety of races, genders, and body sizes, this rare ad and screen-time is still nowhere near accurate representation when you look at the actual racial breakdown of U. When you combine racial, size, and other marginalized identities, the numbers drop even more significantly. Growing up with little representation can impact a person. Plus-size Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, particularly women, rarely see themselves across screens, magazines, and even smaller, more personally directed advertising like influencer campaigns.
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I would admit to be rather slow in coming to this realisation. For many years I had absolutely no idea what body shape I was and no, FAT is not a shape , and what silhouettes made me look balanced and ahem, less robust. Driven by sheer desperation and scarcity, I bought whatever fit my body and budget. Fast-forward twenty years and our options have broadened both in brick and mortar shops and online. Let us take a moment and admire her gorgeousness right here: But can I really look like Ashley Graham?
The Problem With the Body Positivity Movement and Plus-Size Asian Models
However, year after year, as magazines publish their choice of top plus-size models or the highest-earning plus-size models, Asian women take the back seat. When Marie Claire released their list of the most famous plus-size models in the world, only one woman of Asian descent was included — Nadia Aboulhosn, who is half Lebanese. But even more surprisingly, this list still featured more Asian models than most other magazines.
Stop being envious of skinny models on magazines, and be inspired by these beautiful curvy ladies. And know that everyone can look glamorous and fashionable, regardless of size. It is my pleasure to bring you 8 places your can be inspired with Asian Plus Size Fashion. Cheryn Tan First and foremost, of course myself.