Charli Howard and Clémentine Desseaux brought together a diverse group of models to pose for their unique body-positivity project.
Ever since body diversity and body positivity became a thing, there's no denying that the fashion industry has made an effort to be (a little) more inclusive. Case in point: these Sportswear Brands That Do Plus-Size Right or the All Star Designer Who Made Swimsuits For All Shapes and Sizes. That said, it isn't often that we see a size 12 model landing the same gig as someone who is a size 2. (Read: Plus-Size Models We Wish Were Victoria's Secret Angels)
Now however, the All Woman Project is trying to bring women of all different sizes, ages and ethnic backgrounds together for one of the most diverse displays of feminine beauty we've seen yet. The editorial, video and social media project was founded by British model Charli Howard. You might remember that Howard previously made headlines after she was fired from her modeling agency for being "too big." At the time, she was just a size 2.
After moving to a new agency, Howard met Clémentine Desseaux, a blogger who focuses on body-positivity, and the duo decided to embark on this new journey together.
"We couldn't understand why straight and plus-size models aren't featured together more in shoots and campaigns," Howard tells Vogue in an exclusive interview.
The campaign itself features Howard and Desseaux, along with eight other models, including body-positivity activists Iskara Lawrence and Barbie Ferreira. None of the pictures in the photo shoot have been retouched, yet every woman looks confident, powerful and totally gorgeous.
The perfect body is the body that belongs to you I'll be the first one to say that I love a little retouching here and there - but that's not reality. It's fantasy. Reality is what you see when you look in the mirror. Only you have the power to change it so that you're happy with who is looking back at you. This unretouched image of my girl @iamiskra & I is everything to me. Nothing is more beautiful than diversity & body acceptance in fashion. Sprinkle that ish everywhere!: @heatherhazzan @allwomanproject #iamallwoman #everybodyisbeautiful #bodybeautiful #honoryourcurves #jagmodels
"We grew up uneasy with our bodies and thinking that we had to change them to make them better," Desseaux says. "We wanted to show that we're beyond what the media is saying—we are all beautiful, all worthy, and all women."
What makes the All Woman Project even more exceptional is that each participant is an active contributor to the conversation about diversity in fashion. All the models are body-positivity activits –– photographers Heather Hazzan and Lily Cummings are both curve models, and videographer Olimpia Valli Fassi is an influential women's rights activist. Seriously, these women are the ultimate #squadgoals.
Together these women are hoping to start a dialogue about diversity in fashion all around the world, and they are encouraging all of us to do the same. "If two models with close-to-no budget but a lot of vision can pull this together to make a change, everyone can do it," says Desseaux. "It is possible to make this world a better place. We can accomplish so much by just believing in ourselves. We just want more women to do the same."
The change starts with you.
Watch these inspirational women share their thoughts on body diversity in the video below.