It’s 2019 And Body Positivity Is In Full Swing: Here Are 10 Plus Size Latinas Who Are Leading The Movement By Example

Gazing at models in magazines, online or on TV isn’t exactly a confidence booster. Or maybe we’ve just been looking at the wrong ones. Despite fashion’s obsession with skinny models, the average American woman is a size 16. In recent years we’ve seen movements for inclusivity around varied skin tones and race, abilities, gender, and ages. And this year, size had its own moment.

2019 has been the year of body-positivity —From music to magazine covers, women of all sizes are showing up and showing off

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In a society that puts so much pressure on the importance of appearance, and a fashion world that keeps bombarding women with images of extreme thinness and equating them with beauty, the brands —and women— that are leading the way towards inclusivity and representation are the ones that are winning. 2019 has seen brands and models defying the norm and redefining what it means to be beautiful. Women like Lizzo, the singer-songwriter who skyrocketed to fame repping the body-positive movement in her fun and daring outfits and performances, or Paloma Elsesser the Latina model who’s been featured on the covers of over 10 top fashion magazines this year and is the image of many major brands, are paving the way for curvy women to follow after them. We rounded up 10 Latina plus-size models who reflect real women in all their beautiful shades and sizes.

1. Denise Bidot

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This Latina made history as the first-ever plus-size model to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week back in 2015. Born in Miami, Florida, Bidot is of Puerto Rican and Kuwaiti descent, and she’s recognized for her groundbreaking work in representation. The model has started her own organization to support women of all shapes and sizes called “No Wrong Way To Be A Woman” —fun fact, she’s none other than Jonathan Van Ness’ bff.

2. Paloma Elsesser

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In the few short years since her career began, Paloma has walked for Rihanna and Proenza Schouler and fronted more than 10 magazine covers —including Vogue Mexico. The Canadian born model was raised in LA by an African-American mother and a Chilean-Swiss father. She’s now based in NYC and is the fashion world’s latest ‘It’ girl.

3. Jennifer Barreto Leyva

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Jennifer is a pioneer of the plus-size movement in Latin America. The Venezuelan beauty is a model, activist, and journalist who advocates for diversity. She describes herself as the first Latina plus-size model.

4. Natalia Lorenzo

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Natalia was discovered by a top modeling agency after she received over 114,000 followers on Instagram due to her body-positive message. The Colombian-born model admits that despite her new-found confidence she has suffered from mental health problems due to body image. Getting signed and the positive reaction she has received online has helped her learn to love herself.

5. Rosie Mercado

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Rosie Mercado is a multi-talented and empowering Latina. After doing her fair share of modeling, the Chicana is now a TV personality, brand ambassador and lifestyle coach.

6. Fluvia Lacerda

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Dubbed “the plus-size Gisele Bundchen”, Fluvia Lacerda is one of the most notorious plus-size models in the scene. She was the very first plus-size model to be featured on the pages of Playboy Brazil. Lacerda is the author of an autobiography and hosts a reality TV show on E! Entertainment called “Beauty XL”.

7. Barbie Ferreira

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The 22-year old first rose to fame in the mid-2010s as an American Apparel model turned body-positivity advocate. She was featured in an Aerie campaign that went viral for the un-retouched photos of the Brazilian’s curvy body. She bagged a spot on Time’s Most Influential Teens of 2016, and more recently, Ferreira stars in HBO’s hit show Euphoria as the sarcastic, fan fiction writer, Kat Hernandez. “It’s like I won the lottery,” Barbie tells them. “Because you don’t get fat girl roles where you’re allowed to explore sexuality, where you’re not just the tragic, dowdy, chubby girl.”

8. Jakaliene Rivera

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The Puerto Rican plus-size model was the winner of Tyra Banks’ “Fiercely Real” contest. Her 2009 participation in Miss New York beauty pageant jump started her career in modeling. She has covered several magazines including ‘Glamour’, she’s walked the runway for several designers and has been the face of size-positive brands like Dereon, Rocca Wear, Baby Phat and more.

9. Grisel Paula

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Afro-Dominican model Grisel Paula is a plus-size model turned business woman. Her modeling career inspired her to start a size-inclusive fashion line. With the motto “Sexy for all” Paula launched Rebdolls which features clothes in sizes ranging from size 0 to size 42.

10. Frankie Tavares

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Tavares is an industry triple threat, having used her modeling platform to also become a successful style influencer and founder. The model turned entrepreneur is the founder of Curvy ALLSTARS, a brand that promotes wellness and inclusion with an active lifestyle.

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Demi Lovato Pens a Powerful Instagram Post Condemning Diet Culture: ‘I Don’t Count Calories Anymore’


Demi Lovato Pens a Powerful Instagram Post Condemning Diet Culture: ‘I Don’t Count Calories Anymore’

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For many people, the past year has been a time for immense change–sometimes for the worse, sometimes for the better. It appears, however, that Demi Lovato has been using the pandemic to focus on positive growth.

On Monday, Demi Lovato shared a post to Instagram telling her fans that she “accidentally lost weight” by unsubscribing from diet culture.

On Instagram, Demi posted a video showing off her healthy-looking body accompanied by a lengthy text describing her food journey.

“Accidentally lost weight,” read the text. “I don’t count calories anymore, I don’t over-exercise anymore, I don’t restrict or purge. And I especially don’t live life according to diet culture…And I’ve actually lost weight. This is a different experience, but I feel full. Not of food, but of divine wisdom and cosmic guidance.”

She captioned the post: “I’m full of peace, serenity, joy, and love today.”

Demi posted the moving health update on the heels of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, a time when she’s been posting a lot of information with her followers.

On Sunday, she educated her followers about orthorexia, a disorder in which the person affected has an “obsession with proper or ‘healthful’ eating.”

On Monday, Demi also posted a video decrying the widespread use of photo filters that distort a person’s natural appearance. Demi wrote: “Unrealistic beauty expectations with these filters got me like: ‘But can I always look like this?’ ‘My skin is not this smooth.’ ‘Wait, do I need a smaller nose?'”

She added: “Thank god I’m realizing this now and I’m sorry for using them without realizing how dangerous they were before. Thank god these weren’t around when I was 13, but also…how are teens supposed to learn how to accept themselves with this shit?”

Back in December, Demi gave her fans a peek into the beginning of her eating disorder recovery by posting a photo celebrating her stretch marks.

“I used to genuinely believe recovery from an eating disorder wasn’t real. That everyone was faking or secretly relapsing behind closed doors,” she wrote. “‘Surely she throws up here and there’, ‘She can’t POSSIBLY accept her cellulite’… those we’re just a few of the things that I used to tell myself growing up.”

She continued: “I’m so grateful that I can honestly say for the first time in my life – my dietitian looked at me and said ‘This is what eating disorder recovery looks like.'”

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We Found The Looks Rocked By Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, And Doja Cat In The Sexy ’34+35′ Remix Video


We Found The Looks Rocked By Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, And Doja Cat In The Sexy ’34+35′ Remix Video

In a gift to lovers, Ariana Grande dropped her “34+35” remix music video last Friday. The trending video featured Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion and some slamming tunes, extraordinarily glam sleepover gear. To booth, the video already racked up 21 million views, served up, alongside some slamming tunes, extraordinarily glam sleepover gear.

From ultra sexy to supersensuous, Ari, Meg, and Doja wore beautiful and luxurious lingerie ensembles. Fortunately, they’re here for you to rock yourself!

We looked around for the ensembles online and found them! Check out the looks below!

Ari’s Charlotte High Waist Bottoms and bodysuit.

Fleur de Mal / Charlotte High Waist Bottom– $45

Victoria’s Secret/ Lace Plunge Teddy- $79.50

Meg’s pink lace bra worn with mini shorts and a matching robe.

Milena Plunge Underwired Bra– $145

Milena Full Brief– $70

Doja’s peach-colored lace corset, with suspender bottoms.

Doja also wore outfits from Agent Provocateur.

Essie/ Waspie– $195

Essie/ Bodysuit– $465

Check out the video remix below!

So there they are, the extremely sultry and iconic lingerie looks to recreate the 34+35 remix music video on your own time!

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