The concept of “body positivity” is one that’s becoming more and more widespread with time. Back in 2015, model Charli Howard first heard the phrase after posting a Facebook status about how she was just dropped from her modeling agency for being “too big.”
“My mental and physical health is of more importance than a number on a scale, however much you wish to emphasize this,” she wrote. “Until (and if) an agency wishes to represent me for myself, my body & the WOMAN I’ve become, give me a call. Until then, I’m off to Nandos.”
Unintentionally, Howard landed her self directly in the middle of the up-and-coming body-positive movement, taking off with women like Ashley Graham and Robyn Lawley.
Now, nearly two years after Howard’s post, she’s pointed out that the body positivity conversation is at a crossroads. Her point was that you can only talk about how much you love your stretch marks and cellulite before it begins to feel insincere.
“Just because I’m a curve model,” Howard said in an interview, “It doesn’t mean I want to constantly shout about how I feel about my body. I think that it’s important to love your body, but it doesn’t always define you. It is getting to a point where being bigger doesn’t have to be brought up.”
Model Denise Bidot agrees: “I think the body positive conversation is one that lives indefinitely not just through curvy women, but men too. It started as a conversation for us because we needed to stomp our feet and what it did is unite everyone. It’s a conversation that’s near and dear to my heart, but yeah, I think the conversation needs to progress into inclusivity and how we get more curvy women out there, rather than individual experiences with loving ourselves.”
“It suggests that only bigger women or bigger models have faced criticisms about their bodies,” Howard adds. “And what I can say is that is absolutely untrue. When I was a size 2, I felt awful about my body.”
“The only way to normalize it is to incorporate more bodies into campaigns, and not boast or really draw attention to that.’