I am impressed by this ‘Straight/Curve’ documentary.
‘Straight/Curve’, by filmmaker Jenny McQuaile, is aiming to change what is meant by ‘ideal beauty’, by sharing stories and perspectives from models of all sizes, agents, designers, writers and photographers.
Impressed, by this Straight curve film documentary, I got even very emotional. Emotional, because how big the influence is to these women, which are interviewed. Models who have strong stories to tell. Emotional to hear these very young girls, see their pain, hope, emotions in their eyes.
The film was produced by Jess Lewis, who has first-hand experience as a model for both the straight and curve (or ‘plus size’) markets. “What’s most exciting about Straight/Curve to me, an industry veteran, is the proposal of a new way to successfully navigate the fashion industry both at home and globally,” says Lewis. “This is providing women with raw, real, inspiration, helping them to realize the greatness that already exists within themselves. Diversity is the answer to making this happen.”
Celebrate thin and white
The documentary Straight/Curve sets out to address these outdated attitudes: ‘The issue of size is hugely stigmatised in the US and the UK, and a lot of the western world,’ says the film’s director Jenny McQuaile. ‘One health expert in our film tells us “we definitely see largeness as failure”. And as a society, we praise and celebrate women who are thin and white. We spread the message that this is what you have to look like to be successful and happy. This absolutely has to stop.” Read the whole article on Grazia
Models like Iskra Lawrence, Sabina Kalsson, Denise Bidot, Philomena Kwao Nicola Griffin, Jennie Runk and Robyn Lawley and more are all inbetweenies and are in this documentary. I am proud that the word ‘inbetweenie’ is also mentioned in this documentary. the word I came with. Women in between sizes, size 42-48 EU and when these women are models they work as plus size models, a bit confusing… I know!
A great quote from one of the young girls in this documentary: “The fashion industry should not be about the race or size. It should be about who fits the image of the brand.” And this is how it should be. Models can be in any color or any size. It’s time for more diversity in fashion.
In shock to see these quotes from news papers about plus size models. I have heard it myself a lot too. I am promoting plus size by writing about body positivity and body acceptance. I think it’s better to promote this then, promoting thinness, diets, insecure women. What’s wrong about body positivity, show models in different ‘natural sizes’? I am writing about this subject for many years, and it’s still very current, but still people are in shock.
Selflove or unhappy
I am in shock to see these results of tests, like this one: 53% of US girls at age of 13 are unhappy with their bodies. 13 years and already unhappy… But what is cause of this?
Media, fashion… or is the family. The mothers who are also very unhappy with themselves? I really believe that self love starts very nearby and very early in your life. Of course is the fashion industry a big influence, but I think when you grow up in a home where you can be yourself, accept yourself the way you are, you already have built some confidence.
Eating disorder is a public health issue. And the stigma is the worst, it’s ‘quiet racism’.
In this documentary also BMI was a very important subject. And I totally agree: “health is not defined by a number on a scale, or BMI.” BMI is a subject, I want to do some more research to by myself. Because it’s not realistic. As you can see below, most of the sportsmen are overweight, come on! BMI is not a health index… when will this stop? I makes me so angry!
Fashion is all about dreams and illusion. But it’s a problem when “the illusion is real”.Iskra Lawrence says: ” I can’t even be that image, and it’s me” Iskra says more inspiring things: “because of social media, we all have a voice” and ” social media has given me the visibility.”
Also fantastic to see Tim Gunn (fashion consultant, coach Project Runway) in this documentary. I totally agree with him. We share the same message. His vision and ideas about how the fashion industry has to wake up and stop ignoring the women above a size 40 EU. “women should be treatened equally” And “80 million is above a size 12 US, they want to spend money, where is the retail in all of this?” He also says that’s not difficult, but it’s different to design for plus size.