It’s common knowledge that the fashion industry is cutthroat, with unrealistic demands on the models both male and female. Whether it’s a ridiculously low body weight, impeccable physical fitness, or whatever else that a normal, everyday person cannot maintain, the industry shoves it down everyone’s throats as if it is normal.
So when two girls start a movement where they prove that fashion is not about size, but about style, then there’s a good chance people will wanna hear about it. And they do. Denise Mercedes and her friend Maria Castellanos both started going viral on TikTok for their “Style, Not Size” movement.
#1 It started off as something simple.
#2 They probably didn’t expect it to go viral.
#3 Except now both of them have a combined 2 million follower count.
#5 So clearly they’re doing something right.
#6 They model different kinds of outfits.
#7 Some bikinis, some casuals…
#8 Some skirts, some dresses…
#9 And they do it all in style, pun intended.
#10 After donning their clothes, they do TikTok dances.
With how there’s such little representation of plus sized models in the mainstream media, they’ve blossomed and exploded into commonality on the internet. It’s a downright requirement at times, otherwise you’ve got some mental readjustments to do.
#11 Sometimes they just do photoshoots.
#12 Either way, it’s proof that fashion isn’t about size.
#13 Because both of these girls look absolutely phenomenal.
#14 And they can pull off all kinds of different styles.
#15 This is an example to fashion industries everywhere.
#16 There’s not only a market for it, but there’s also a reason.
#17 A social obligation to open their horizons.
#18 Because these girls are absolutely killing it.
#19 And judging by their follower count, everyone likes it.
#20 So for everyone involved, you should take pointers from these girls.
There are quite a few criticisms though, coming from different people. Namely how that Denise isn’t really a typical woman either, because she’s got wider hips than a waist, and a true plus sized woman would have a wider waist than hips. That the intention of their movement is good, but Denise isn’t a good representation of it.
#21 Because they’re protesting social norms.
#22 And they’re doing it with smiles on their faces.
#23 And with a pep in their step.
#24 Denise, the heavier set of the two, was the aspiring model.
#25 Whereas Maria is a dancer.
#26 Denise was rejected from modeling agencies for years.
#27 She tried getting into them since she was 18.
#28 She was told no because she was a size 8.
#29 And now, she’s a size 14 with her own brand.
#30 Since Agencies didn’t accept her, she made it on her own.
#31 And now, they’re probably all regretting their actions.
#32 Famous on TikTok and Instagram, she sure showed them.
#33 It’s just good vibes all round.
#34 And they’re happy to share it with us.
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