Give the People What They Want: Plus Size Editorials
In the world of fashion there have always been standards, boxes, and stigmas. Women especially have looked to media for decades upon decades for style inspiration, yet have not always been properly represented. Since 67% of women in the United States are considered plus size, it is clear that it’s time for a change when it comes to fashion editorials.
An editorial shoot consists of hours of work, hair and makeup artists, stylists, the best photographers, and extravagant sets and concepts. Editorial to me is about being avant-garde, viewing the highest fashion, and/or pushing boundaries. I, as a plus size woman, wanted to see true plus size models in fashion editorials. As a plus size model, I decided it was time to do it myself, and let me tell you, it felt incredible.
I want to keep pushing those boundaries. I want to be what I want to see in magazines, because I know that women from all over and of all sizes want to see it as well. I want women to look at these photos and feel what I was feeling: empowered, fierce, and beautiful. I want them to know that fashion is for them too. I look at myself in these photos and see things in myself that I was never able to see before. I hope that when you look at me in these photos, you see a bit of yourself as well.
Fashion needs to be inclusive because fashion is expression, and everyone deserves to express themselves. Let us create true editorial work, despite what standards or box we are supposed to fit in. Let us push our way into the magazines that we love and let us continue creating. THIS is a plus size editorial.
Faith Costa, www.faithcosta.com
Photography Credits: Kia Caldwell KiaCaldwellPhotography
Hair Credits: Catherine Ashly of Catherine Ashly Beauty
Make Up Credits: Nia Taniel of The LuvofMkup
Style/clothing Credits: Corrin Chishimba of BeautyBoxStyle