Is the fashion world becoming more accepting of real women?
Only last week, acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi walked the ramps at the prestigious New York Fashion Week for designer Archana Kochhar. A few weeks before that, a heavily pregnant Kareena Kapoor Khan sashayed as the showstopper for Sabyasachi Mukherjee at the grand finale of Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. Veteran designer Wendell Rodricks brought out a size chart for Indian women, as opposed to Western size charts that were being used thus far.
Not just that, a plus-sized fashion show was staged at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016 where plus-sized models walked down the ramp in creations by designer Shilpa Chavan from the brand Little Shilpa. The show was in association with aLL: The Plus Size Store. A few months prior to that, a heavily pregnant supermodel Carol Gracias flaunted her baby bump for designer Gaurang Shah at the Lakme Fashion Week.
In March, Swedish high-street store H&M brought in diversity at their show at the Paris Fashion Week by sending women from different walks of life down the ramp. So model Anna Cleveland strutted down the runway with her 65-year-old mother Pat Cleveland (a former model). Transmodels Andrea Pejic and Hari Nef also showcased the brand’s Autumn Winter collection.
At the New York Fashion Week, designer Christian Siriano’s runway collection boasted of no less than five curvy models, including Georgia Pratt. Ashley Graham had her own plus-size lingerie show at NYFW — Holiday 2016 RTW + Ashley Graham Lingerie Collection. And that featured celebrated curvy models Candice Huffine, Barbie Ferreira, Tara Lynn and Jordyn Woods among others.
Across the world, designers and fashion weeks seem to be opening up to diversity and embracing it like never before. Compared to the skinny and tall models of just a few seasons back, the ramps are becoming more welcoming to models of all shapes, sizes, ages and even sexuality. So curvy women, older women, pregnant women and even trans models are being welcomed at the hallowed portals of fashion weeks across the world. But does this mean unrealistic body sizes are a thing of the past? Are we becoming more accepting of real women (and men) and their bodies? Is body shaming going to be a thing of the past?
Well, we haven’t yet reached the stage where we can pop the bubbly just yet. But going by the trends across the globe, a start has been made. That should be good enough for now. What do you say?