Denise Bidot is one of the world’s most famous plus-size models, and she is taking a stand for body positivity like never before. The Puerto Rican-Kuwaiti model, who was raised in Miami, wants everyone to know that There Is No Wrong Way To Be A Woman.
Denis Bidot is a plus-sized model with a mission: making women comfortable with their bodies.
As a part of her mission, Bidot is posting photos of herself on Instagram without any retouching.
Perfect day for the pool. Learning to love my body more and more each day. I never thought I'd wear a bikini that wasn't high waisted after having my daughter, but here I am, at 30, embracing all of me. Stretch marks ✔️ No thigh gap ✔️ Happiness ✔️✔️✔️ . Life is what you make of it ladies, let's just learn to be happy, in the end that's all that matters. So I'm posting this to show that no one is perfect and that's ok. No filter, no retouching, just me ???✨ #nowrongway #bodypositive #loveyourself #behappy #lifeisgood #curves #denisebidot #love #thereisnowrongwaytobeawoman
And she looks damn good doing it.
She has also started a clothing brand called There Is No Wrong Way To Be A Woman.
ITS HERE ??? #Repost @thereisnowrongwaytobeawoman ・・・ Welcome! “There Is No Wrong Way To Be A Woman” campaign has officially launched and I couldn’t be happier! The movement creates a safe place for women from all stages in life to come together without judgment. It’s my home of self-love and confidence and I’m so excited to open the door to everyone who feels inspired and wants to carry on the message! Over the next few weeks I’m going to feature the “There Is No Wrong Way To Be A Woman” Class of 2016. This diverse group of women range in age from 18 to 60, sizes 2 to 22, and come from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Their differences are exactly what make them beautiful! I encourage you to visit www.thereisnowrongwaytobeawoman.com and read their stories about what being a woman means to each one of them. I promise, you will be inspired. In fact, I’d love for you to be a part of the extended Class of 2016 by sharing your stories using the hashtag #NoWrongWay. Post pictures and videos of you and all the fearless women you know and be sure to tag @thereisnowrongwaytobeawoman. Or send your videos to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured on the website! www.thereisnowrongwaytobeawoman.com Can’t wait to hear your inspiring stories!
“The strength of a woman is unparalleled and society’s definition of beauty often overshadows it,” Bidot wrote on the website. “I want to show that not only are we strong, but our differences are exactly what makes us beautiful. After all, a rainbow would be pretty boring if it was just one color and size.”
Originally, Bidot wanted to be an actor. But she was constantly turned down for roles because of her weight, according to The Cut.
In the spirit of not letting insecurities have control over us, here are two things, that I have avoided for years… 1. Shorts… For many reasons, but mainly because I have no "thigh gap" and I never will, so f-it! Lol 2. Showing my belly… Because, well, I have some stretch marks and some baby weight I might still need to lose (8 years later ??✨) I refuse to be mean to myself and I refuse to hide what society has labeled as flaws any longer. I am a work in progress, constantly learning/growing as a woman and I am going to enjoy every moment of my journey regardless of if my thighs touch ???✨ #nowrongway #justme #nofilter #nophotoshop #effyourbeautystandards #thereisnowrongwaytobeawoman
“I actually moved to L.A. in 2005, and I wanted to be an actress. I would go out on all these Disney show auditions, and it was so easy to be yourself,” Bidot told The Cut. “Then I turned 18, moved to California, and was constantly being told that I needed to lose weight. I was like, ‘Look, I should be enough. Why is talent not enough?'”
Now, it’s important to know that her campaign is not anti-straight-size women. It is an inclusive campaign aimed at accepting women of all sizes and colors.
I used to be so critical of myself and I overthought everything, including my posts lol… But I realized that unless I learn to love and accept myself, nobody will ever know or love the real me. So here I am, no photoshop, and no fucks given… Never let anyone tell you that you aren't enough. I'm perfectly imperfect and that's ok. Happy Monday!!! ✨?✌?️? #nowrongway #effyourbeautystandards #justme #thereisnowrongwaytobeawoman
“I get asked all the time that we don’t look the same as straight-sized models and I am like, ‘Why does it have to be a versus.’ Why does it have to be straight-sized vs plus-sized,” Bidot told E! News. “I think it is one big industry. I am doing amazing things. I have to say we work out, we run around town, we most of the time are traveling so it’s hard not to be running through airports. We are just us.”
Bidot never expected to be a model until a chance encounter with a photographer.
According to her interview with The Cut, Bidot was doing makeup for a plus-sized model when the photographer asked if she would be interested in modeling. This was after the model had given up on her acting career.
“Shortly after I shot the images with her, she started getting calls like, ‘Who is this girl? Who is she signed to? What’s she doing,'” Bidot recalled to The Cut. “I ran through the door and realized what an amazing opportunity it was.”
She credits social media with the wider acceptance and success of plus-sized models and for the success of her own body positivity campaign.
“Social media had put the power back in the consumer’s hands,” Bidot told The Cut. “[Modeling] is a way to speak up, be recognized, and to be that person that I never had growing up.”