In the world of fashion, you're hard-pressed to find a model larger than a size 4, or sometimes even a 2. The lovely Dutch beauty, Lara Stone, is a walking anomaly for the industry; in a sea of predominantly smaller-chested girls, Lara is a little more endowed. A blow-up-boobed porn star she is not, but when you put her next to a 32-A, she looks positively busty in comparison. And, to my excitement, she's a size 4!
Lara herself has said that compared to her other colleagues, she feels much larger. While in the "real" world a a girl who is 5'10" and a size 4 is quite thin, the same is not true in model land. But I absolutely love Lara and those like her, because all it takes is one person to change the way we see beauty and turn the industry on its head.
Who else did it? Well, Kate Moss, for example. Before the "heroin chic" era, the supermodels were very statuesque and, by today's definition in the fashion world, "curvy." Some sample sizes were even a size 8, according to Linda Evangelista. In walked Kate Moss, much shorter than her Amazonian predecessors. But she had the drive, she had a strong look that set her apart from everyone else, and pretty soon she was one of the most in-demand models working. She still continues to inspire style around the world and does print modeling.
It's true that what makes you different makes you memorable. This is a good sign. For lack of a better explanation, Lara and others can make having boobs and imperfections cool again. She's certainly not the first to rock the gap-tooth, but for those of us who were stamped with "imperfect teeth" most of our lives, she's a beautiful glimmer of hope. While the modeling and fashion industry may not always make us feel great about ourselves in terms of body image, it's comforting to know that the "imperfections" are still considered beautiful and in style. And best yet: no need to hit the stores or break the bank -- all you need to do is be yourself.
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xox Jessi Lou