We live in a world filled with smartphones, social media, digital media, traditional media and access to any information we need at our fingertips.
It is a world where regular girls are becoming overnight Instagram celebrities, where there are apps that help you Photoshop your images before you post them on social media and where every part of a woman’s body can be picked apart and judged by others.
At My Size we believe in being ‘body positive’. We believe that we are all part of the ‘sisterhood’ and should be looking out for each other, instead of trying to bring each other down. Being body positive is all about being comfortable in your own skin, no matter what size you are.
2015 was an exciting year for the plus-size industry. Plus-size models became more well known, they started speaking out about their feelings about being labeled as ‘plus-size’ and most importantly, they became sexy.
To celebrate the rise of the plus-size model and our desire for all women to feel ‘body positive’, we have compiled a short list of beautiful Australian women who we believe are the perfect example of being ‘body positive’.
Bonnie plays Ricky Sharpe on Home and Away and has quickly made a name for herself as someone young girls can look up to. In 2014, when she won a Logie for Most Popular New Talent, Bonnie ended her acceptance speech by saying ‘It says something really progressive about Australia and the commercial industry that viewers have so warmly embraced such a natural and healthy young woman on their screens.’
She was absolutely right. For years, the young stars of Australian TV have been model-thin and overly made-up. Bonnie’s natural and healthy look is a perfect example of being body positive. She shows us that you don’t need make up and designer clothes to be successful on Australian TV.
She became a household name when we met her as Kelly on The Secret Life of Us. Since then, Deborah Mailman has continued to become one of Australia’s most popular actors.
In 2010, Deborah said body image has accompanied her from her childhood until now. ”If I look at the one thorn that is in my side, of all my life, it is my weight,” she said.
Even with this massive insecurity, Deborah continues to be successful while not giving in to the industry norm of being stick thin and unhealthy. We love Deborah’s sense of style and ability to dress perfectly for her size.
Since competing in the first season of The Biggest Loser, Fiona has come a long way. She is a successful international plus-size model, hosted the most recent season of The Biggest Loser Families and just did a very sexy photo shoot for the cover of Maxim magazine.
Scrolling through her Instagram feed is almost addictive; it is filled with pictures of her working out, eating, socialising, modeling and just being comfortable in her size 16 body.
She is 14 kilos heavier now than when she finished filming The Biggest Loser in 2006, however she has recently come out saying that she is actually happier now than she was when she was ‘skinnier’. This is a perfect example of a beautiful young woman who is body positive. You can be beautiful and successful at any size.
Since joining David Koch as the co-host of Sunrise is 2013, Samantha Armytage has scored herself a great fan base and loyal following. However, her weight has always been a popular topic of discussion.
In an interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, Sam said “It is something people talk about and what I look like resonates with other women. I don’t describe myself as curvy. I’d describe myself as quite strong and healthy, nothing terribly flash. Take me as I am.
Sam has changed the stereotype of journalists and news presenters from often scarily thin, to healthy and natural.
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