A historic event happened today: a plus size woman (size 16) is going to be in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Model Ashley Graham looks smoking hot as she struts her stuff in a bikini during this promo:
I think this deserves a lot of celebration. In the last few years especially fat shaming has hit an all time high as the image of what is beautiful in our country continues to be that of rail thin, ribs poking out models. While I do not promote being unhealthy, I think it is possible to have a healthy AND beautiful body at any size. Women should be looked at (and treated) as the beautiful goddesses we are, whether we choose to wear a one-piece or a bikini to the pool this summer.
When we talk about #fitspiration and striving to have healthy and strong bodies, images of woman like Graham should also be shared, and not just those of size 2s. This is a big step in getting a more holistic conversation going in the media about beauty standards and I hope that fashion trends follow suit.