He body-positive He has taken the fashion world with force, completely changing the ideal of beauty. But as we saw a few months ago, this break in stereotypes still has a way to go to be 100% inclusive. Who better to tell us than the models plus-size? These four beauties tell us about their experience, of the gophophobia in the industry and the road (not always beautiful) to become models of large sizes.
Raquel Villadiego (43), model and teacher of large size catwalk
Raquel is a model reference plus-size In our country. With more than 20 years working as a model behind him for El Corte Inglés, Elena Mirò or Jones New York; now he is also responsible for the section curvy MM Expresion agency, the same one that signed it in 1998. With its privileged trajectory, has lived before and after the explosion of body-positive.
"To me there is no day that someone does not remind me that I am fat. The 'you should take care of yourself' is the most repeated, without knowing if I already do. I have been a footballer in the Andalusian team and I live next to a park where I run all the days The diet is always in my vocabulary, I am always aware of them because in my house we are all big women and it is a matter of genetics.
The scourge of 'you are very pretty but you are chubby' always haunts you and that still exists. Therefore, that my representative approached me in a bar to offer me work is the best thing that has happened to me. The fat woman in a modeling agency! "
And is that the complexes is a subject that all of them have in common, because they have grown up in a society that revered thin women. "When I was young I had complexes because I was the fat one. Now I looked back and I wasn't so much, but it seemed big."
Inclusion in the world of fashionTalking with her is a breath of fresh air, because of the reality of her words, sincere and with a Sevillian accent. She is clear that there is still a long way to go in the fashion industry, from the point of view of the inclusion and acceptance of sizes that escape the stereotyped beauty canon that we inherited from the 90's."In Spain there is still no work for the models of large sizes. The most recognized in the country are curvy, around size 42. Beyond that there is no demand, although there is public. Regarding the treatment, when I started I had to explain myself and there were companions who missed you. That keeps happening, there is a lot of jealousy and envy. It is a complicated profession.The body-positive industry is not real in fashion or footwear. If it were, we would all have sizes to get dressed. Many firms get in the car, but it is a marketing tool. To improve your business is that would not exclude us, that we didn't have to go shopping at stores or fat collections. ""I know that before we did charge less, but now wages are being matched"The same occurs among professionals in the sector, as stylists or photographers. In the case of Raquel they have asked her if she is a makeup artist or a hairdresser "because they don't think you are the model, there is ignorance."Yes, according to her there is no distinction regarding wages according to his experience, something that underpins Sara, another of the models consulted. "I know that before we did charge less, but now wages are being matched." That is something to celebrate!
Sara (23), "it's hard to get, it's hard to believe it"
It seems that Raquel's opinions about the reality of diversity in Spain and the sense of exclusion in fashion stores do not change with the generational leap. Because Sara Ro, one of Miah Management's star models, is only 23 years old and thinks exactly the same. She has paraded for firms such as El Corte Inglés and EO Costura. And also has drunk from boom of the body-positive On Instagram and of the movement plus-size in all its glory. But not for those.
"In Spain it is very complicated, because we are increasingly more curvy models and there are not many brands that demand us. Because there are few firms that have sizes beyond 44, although some take separate collections for us. That gives me mixed feelings. On the one hand I have more options to buy and that's great. But they don't include me in normal patterns and they refer me to something they think I might like, without giving me a choice. I was very happy when Zara expanded size, but that many more signatures are signed "
The complexes that society imposes and the importance of taking care of yourself
"Fat people have more complexes for the society around us"
She believes that "there is still a lot of gophophobia in the fashion industry," but she doesn't blame it on brands alone. Also the public and society, which are the most it is hard to convince to open the sights and those that generate the complexes, to which they did not escape.
"There is still a lot of resistance from the public, which is difficult to change the paradigm of 90-60-90. A classmate of mine uploaded a photo of me to Facebook with a comment that said 'you are not curvy or you are nothing. You that you are fat. ' I have my complexes, as we all have. fat people have more for the society around us. It is hard to take them off, but I think that each person is unique and beautiful. That's how you learn to love yourself. "
The model also tells us about the importance of taking care of yourself, breaking the myth that the models curvy or plus-size they don't exercise. Like Raquel with football and diets, Sara goes to the gym at least twice a week to practice zumba or spinning. She has also learned to eat well so as not to swell, although she is a strong defender of sin from time to time. "One day a week I treat myself, because it is also necessary."
A hopeful future for curvy girls
However, and despite everything, it shows very hopeful with the present and with the road already traveled for the visibility of large sizes.
"In the last four years, fashion has begun to become aware. As a result of raising our voice and showing us how we are complexes have been lost and more visibility has been given to other sizes. That helps us feel more secure in our body, to love each other. Being a curvy model is something very rewarding but it's hard to get there, it's hard to believe it. In my case I got it by writing to the top model Lorena Durán. She answered giving me the contact of her agency and I contacted. I was given the opportunity and since then I am here. "
Yasmin (24), "there should be a huge change of mindset"
The third time lucky. And this model is curvy from Miah Management and collaborations with Max Mara, El Corte Inglés and Marina Rinaldi think exactly like their partners. And three are already a crowd, especially for something as negative as gordophobia in the fashion industry. From inside and from outside. "It is common to go to castings and that traditional size models make you empty. But those ugly gestures also occur among many models curvy, who do not stop criticizing you for the size or the measures no matter how much they are also curvy."
"There is a long way to go, many prejudices to break"
Yasmín has only been working as a professional model of sizes 42-44 for two years, one of the most common in our country. Enough time to know good ink that about body-positive it's a fantasy created on Instagram and that there is still a long way to be absorbed in society.
"Many speak of body-positive, but in society the image of the thin girl is very important. There should be a huge change of mentality. Not only in the industry, but in the public. And this part of education. There is a long way to go, many prejudices to break, much visibility to give us. "
She knows that well, because admits having had many complexes as a teenager. "At school they would mess with me because I was chubby. I have always made diets because I saw other thinner girls and I was twice as much as everyone else." In fact, he had so many that he dared not jump into the world of modeling, even if he loved it.
"I started thanks to the Curvy Fashion Model contest and my aunt pointed out, because I didn't dare. When they accepted me my family had to convince me. I had many complexes, I was very nervous. But as you reach the final you change your mindset, you become more positive. "
Danielle Van Grondelle, "I have a big ass and that is what pays my bills"
Nor are international-sized models saved. The Dutch Danielle Van Grondelle has just launched a campaign with the lingerie firm Hunkemöller and has taken advantage of its position as a speaker body-positive. In a podcast that we can hear here, she also talks about exclusion within the modeling industry.
"It used to be a model of traditional size and my measurements cost me a lot. I could not lose 96 inches of hip, with my constitution was impossible. So they put me in a section of special models, larger than normal. That meant he only worked once every long time, because he had very particular requirements. Until a stylist told me that if I gained weight I would be a perfect curvy model. I had never heard of curvy models and it changed my life. I have a big ass and that is what pays my bills. There is nothing wrong with that."
International positivism vs. negativity in Spain
"That nobody feels forced to force a size that is not theirs"
She is very positive about the change the industry is experiencing, although she also knows that much remains to be achieved. Something that contrasts with the exclusion and social stigmas that mention national models. This it girl believes "that it is great that international brands recognize the presence of women curvy. I hope that in the future models with normalized and normal bodies will be used. It doesn't matter if they are big or thin, but nobody feels forced to force a size that is not theirs. "
Before starting this article, we also believed that there was much done in the field of diversity and body-positive. But it seems that reality is different when you live it from the point of view of women suffering from gophobia. Even being spectacular models. Something that, far from giving us down, it motivates us to move forward on that path that they themselves proudly affirm has already begun. We are left with the lesson Yasmin gives us:
"As a child I had many complexes. They can, you don't even consider being a model. But there comes a point where you say 'I am bigger than other girls, but I look good.' And you empower yourself. And you feed your self-esteem. It's hard to get there, but you arrive. "