Every once in a while, like more than annually, fashion has to pay attention to body diversity BECAUSE IT EXISTS. Here are ten times they got it right in 2015.
1. January 2015:
BUST did this editorial and Julie Henderson’s legs were exactly what we wanted to see.
2. January 2015:
Target breathlessly announced the Lily Pulitzer collection would have more sizes YAS, but they were only available online (not YAS). We loathe everything about the neon green palm fronds, but rage is powerful. It gets stuff done. While the backlash was happening, the geniuses at Target were already toiling away on their first dedicated “plus-size” line Ava & Viv, which came out IN the store and online. Nicolette Mason, Gabi Gregg and Chastity Garner modeled it all for your viewing pleasure.
2. February 2015:
Sports Illustrated featured Robyn Lawley in its pages and also Swimsuitsforall got Ashley Graham in on an ad so that she could distract a cool dude in a suit at the pool.
4. March 2015:
Stefania Ferrario was deliberate about busting through lame old-fashioned size barriers that women are OVER. She delivered her #droptheplus message and it gained traction.
5. April 2015:
Laverne Cox posed for Allure after much indecision about it. Resounding reaction: yes.
6. June 2015:
Tess Holiday, a vocally brilliant woman of indeterminate size*, covered People freaking magazine, and everyone went nuts about it, and it was for a good cause.
7. September 2015:
Lane Bryant deployed their #plusisequal rally smack dab in the middle of fashion week craziness. They did it to sell clothes, but the campaign with its battalion of hot women like Sabina Karlsson and Ashley Graham was brilliant, and they gave out free pom poms.
8. September 2015:
Chromat, one of the few shows to be up on everything that’s cool, featured Denise Bidot and Sabina Karlsson in mesh. We just wish we could wear this stuff without ridiculous tan lines.
9. September 2015:
Candice Huffine starred in a Sophie Theallet campaign with the wingspan of a superhero. (We’ve reached out to Sophie Theallet, and they still only offer clothes up to a size 12), but this was SO SO SEXY.