The subject of body discrimination in the fashion industry has been a hot topic of conversation the last few days. Between the public outcry over Calvin Klein’s new “plus-size” model who isn’t really plus-size, and Victoria’s Secret suggestion that only its models have the “Perfect Body,” the issue is top of mind for many folks, regardless of which side of the debate they’re on. Now, Vogue is jumping in on the conversation, and has just unveiled a lingerie feature on the front page of its website using some of the top plus size models in the world. The feature is titled “Give me a D! Give me an F!” Because Gorgeous Bras Come in All Shapes and Sizes.”
The five models featured are Ashley Graham, Marquita Pring, Inga Eiriksdottir, Candice Huffine, and Tara Lynn. Graham, Pring and Eiriksdottir were all signed to the Ford+ division prior to the close of its New York City division, after which they—along with fellow plus-size models Danielle Redman and Julie Henderson—decided to join forces and launch ALDA, a collaboration with IMG Models that aims to represent “beauty without divisions, boundaries and - most importantly - beauty that doesn't conform to any body shape or size.”
Shot by photographer Cass Bird, the ladies look amazing in a selection of super sexy pieces from brands such as Lane Bryant and L’Agent by Agent Provocateur. One of the models, Ashley Graham, is shown wearing pieces from her own lingerie line for curvv women produced in collaboration with Addition Elle. “I’m also working on some great workout videos for YouTube,” she said. “Honey, I’m building the empire—it’s happening right now.”
Whether or not this is a step in a new direction for Vogue or just convenient timing based on current events still remains to be seen, but for the majority of women who aren’t used to looking at the pages (or webpages) of Vogue and seeing their own bodies represented whatsoever, the feature is definitely a big (no pun intended) win. Check out a few of the shots below, and visit Vogue's website to view them all.