This February, London Fashion Week saw a march led by plus-size activists and models who protested the lack of representation on runways. Plus-size icons like Megan Crabbe, Sonny Turner, Callie Thorpe and Coco Brown took to the streets in lingerie and swimsuits, carrying signs with statements like, “Curves shouldn’t mean compromise.”
In the middle of the runway representation debate, putting curvy, plus-size women in shows seems like the best way to prove you are an ally to the body-positive movement. But high fashion has yet to look at women of sizes 12 and up as having equal footing on the runway. While plus-size model representation was at an all-time high this past season—54 plus-size women walked the runways—that number still only represents .73 percent of all castings.
Despite all this, the plus-size narrative is quickly changing. And what happens on the runways isn’t the start of this revolution — the body-positive movement started on the other side of magazines and screens, with real women. Here, three of those real women show us how the narrative on body size is moving in the right direction via their Instagram accounts.