• The All Woman Project is hoping to encourage more diversity of bodies and ethnicities in the fashion industry. (All Woman Project)Source: All Woman Project
Is the fashion industry finally getting the message about diversity?
By
Caitlin Chang

16 Sep 2016 - 2:55 PM  UPDATED 16 Sep 2016 - 4:42 PM

A photo project from the UK is challenging the fashion industry and media to broaden its idea of an ideal body.

Featuring women of all body types and ethnicities, the All Woman Project is the brain child of British model Charli Howard and body-positive model Clementine Dessearux. Howard was dropped from her modeling agency last year for being too curvy, which she responded to with this open letter below:

The photo series features other models of all shapes and skin colours. 

“Women are often segregated or stereotyped in fashion and the media; some are deemed the ‘real’ women of the industry, whereas others are deemed high-fashion and editorial,” Desseaux told Mashable. “Your body shape shouldn’t define your femininity or your ability as a woman.”

For many of us, it’s a welcome reminder that there’s no one definition of a woman’s body, despite what we’re told by the fashion industry. “We believe size or colour doesn’t limit us as models,” Desseaux said. “We believe all body shapes and ethnicities deserve to be represented in fashion and in the media, helping girls worldwide feel positive and confident about themselves.”

Increasingly, research is highlighting the benefits of more body diversity in advertising and media images. One study published online in PLOS One found that when women are exposed to images of different female bodies of various sizes, they in turn become more comfortable with more diverse bodies.

According to Desseaux, “We all have physical flaws and imperfections, and that does not make us more or less beautiful.”

“Our physical attributes do not define us as women; our strength and character does.”

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