Proud, diverse and size-inclusive is how the body positivity parade can be described that recently took place on the Trocadéro platform in Paris. To fight the lack of diversity and inclusivity in the fashion industry, supermodel Georgia Stein organized an “all sizes catwalk” to show the beauty of “everyday” women – as she describes them – away from the usual fashion stereotypes.
As a passionate body positivity advocate, Stein encourages a way of thinking to help women accept and love their bodies, regardless of their shape, size or skin color and beyond all of their insecurities. Yet it is clear that she understands how difficult this is when the fashion industry often promotes quite the opposite. As she says, “the problem in fashion in France is that women are only represented by women of standardized sizes”¹.
Thus, the event had two main purposes. One, to make French fashion professionals realize what is missing. And two, to help women who have seen the parade feel body positive². As the results show, Stein’s idea of organizing a catwalk that represents how the majority of women look like has been executed beautifully. About 40 women of all sizes, from ages 34 to 52, paraded in fine lingerie at Trocadéro, with views on the Eiffel Tower³.
It is encouraging to see models of all shapes and sizes being part of fashion activities and to watch this success growing on a daily basis, including inspiring events such as the one of Stein. In her previous “all sizes catwalk” a little over a year ago only nine women had participated, compared to about forty this year.
This shows us that size-inclusivity in the fashion industry is an ongoing cause that is gaining greater importance and more followers day to day. The increasing global awareness of this issue, as well as the numerous social movements (such as #bodypositivity) have been shaking up people’s mentalities, making them more open minded and tolerant towards body acceptance.
While this wave has been happening for a while in the US and UK, other places, such as france are catching up to the trend. Numerous apparel brands and retailers that understand this evolution already jumped on board to cater to a more diverse customer base, and with that secured their spot in the fashion industry.