• Why Denise Gave Up Photoshop For Her Swimsuit Campaign 1

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    Bidot doesn't care what the industry calls her; she's just happy to be a part of it, showcasing her fierce bikini body and baring her midriff in crop tops on the red carpet. But while she's stylishly sophisticated and very successful, it's Bidot's confidence that we admire most.







    5 Quotes from Model Denise Bidot

    "I'm proud of my stretch marks. For so long in my life, I thought those were things I needed to hide or things that made me imperfect, and I came to realize that those are the qualities that made me unique.

    It 's about time we reprogram the way women think, and I think it 's important to push that toward women who need to understand that beauty is not one-sided.

    As a model, it 's easy to forget what you look like in campaigns. I have been doing this for eight years, and I always had these beautifully retouched images, and I was always like, 'Oh my god, I look wonderful,' but the reality of it is, this is what I look like. I am strong enough to show the world who I am, regardless of Photoshop, and it was so freeing as a woman."




    The 1 Outfit That Makes Her Feel Sexy and Confident

    "I love a good high-waisted pant, and I am so excited high-waisted shorts are back because I am on the hunt for the perfect ones. I love a good pencil skirt and a crop top. I think it is really just about confidence and that is what makes you feel sexy. It's like my uniform, I love it." 





    The Best Style Advice She's Ever Received

    "I 'm a Miami girl. I don't know if you 've heard anything about Miami girls, but they match their shoes to their purses to their belts to their jewelry. Everything is supercolorful. I am so thankful I have entered the world of fashion because I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing stylists. I 'm in the right career to learn how to dress myself . . . Now I am in New York, and I have made full use of the black on black and black and white, and I learned minimal sometimes is more."








    Why We Don't Need to "Drop the Plus"

    "I don't mind being plus size because when I am shopping, I am shopping plus size! I am honored to have a place in this industry and to have the opportunity to be breaking boundaries and shifting the way people perceive beauty as a whole. If you need to call me plus size to put me somewhere, thank you for showcasing me at all. 

    You are never going to make everyone happy. There are always going to be people criticizing you no matter what, and you just have to stay in your lane. Luckily for me, I am a plus-size model and I am a plus-size woman, so it works."















    The Best Swimsuits For Showing Off Your Curves


    "The sexy snow leopard underwear bikini. The way that everything just sat on my body was amazing. I felt supersexy and confident, and it was really flirty with the pattern. I love everything high-waisted, and swimsuitsforall has a million high-waisted bikinis so that you can find your perfect shape."




    "[This black swimsuit] was so sexy in its own right before it was cut out; it felt very scuba with the criss-cross in the back, and then they cut it up [for the shoot], and I was like, 'Oh my god.' I am busty and I couldn't really look down to see what he was doing, and when I watched the video, I was like, 'Holy crap, those scissors were right there!' . . . It was like a piece of art on a swimsuit."

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  • Finally, A Realistic Look At The Plus-Size Fashion Industry

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    "We have a problem."

    That sentiment from Jennie Runk, a plus-size model, is shared by both plus-size women and people working in the fashion industry. Its complexities are explored in "Straight/Curve," an upcoming documentary about body image that gives viewers an inside look at the plus-size fashion industry, a world that has garnered recent attention but spent years being widely ignored.

    Thanks to models like Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine, who have given curvy women a voice in the notoriously exclusive fashion industry, there's no doubt a curvy revolution is happening. And still, it's not the norm. Curvy women are rare on the runway at Fashion Week and there's still a stigma about making clothing in a broader range of sizes. As fashion stylist Meaghan O'Connor says in the film, "Are some brands scared to have a larger woman in their clothes? Yeah, absolutely."






    Georgia Pratt, photographed by Lily Cummings. Both women are featured in the film.

    In the teaser above, editors, stylists and models sound off on the rising popularity of plus-size models, and the impact those models have not only on the fashion industry but on the women following fashion, too. Model Heather Hazzan, who previously suffered from an eating disorder to maintain a size 0-2 body, is among them. "If I was a 13-year-old girl and I saw the Jennie Runk ad where she's a size 14, [and] they didn't call it out as plus-size swimwear and she's on H&M billboard ... I walk down the street and I see that, I might think a little bit differently about myself," she said.

    Jessica Lewis, a longtime straight-size and plus-size model and producer, believes the new acceptance of body diversity has to do with a shift in who the popular models are. "This generation of models are ready to usher in a new definition of beauty, one that is all inclusive and supports positive body ideals and self acceptance," she said.

    Both Lewis and director Jenny McQuaile have a clear message in making the film: beauty is not restricted by size.

    "You can be beautiful at any size or shape, as long as you are healthy," McQuaile told The Huffington Post. "You can naturally be a size zero and be healthy, and you can naturally be a size 16 and healthy. One is not better than the other. The standards I grew up with that are set by society are ridiculous and unattainable. We want to teach young women, and men, self acceptance and self love, and that diversity and inclusion is the key."

    Check out the trailer for the film, which is set to be released in fall 2016, above.

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  • Why Denise Gave Up Photoshop For Her Swimsuit Campaign

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    Bidot doesn't care what the industry calls her; she's just happy to be a part of it, showcasing her fierce bikini body and baring her midriff in crop tops on the red carpet. But while she's stylishly sophisticated and very successful, it's Bidot's confidence that we admire most.







    5 Quotes from Model Denise Bidot

    "I'm proud of my stretch marks. For so long in my life, I thought those were things I needed to hide or things that made me imperfect, and I came to realize that those are the qualities that made me unique.

    It 's about time we reprogram the way women think, and I think it 's important to push that toward women who need to understand that beauty is not one-sided.

    As a model, it 's easy to forget what you look like in campaigns. I have been doing this for eight years, and I always had these beautifully retouched images, and I was always like, 'Oh my god, I look wonderful,' but the reality of it is, this is what I look like. I am strong enough to show the world who I am, regardless of Photoshop, and it was so freeing as a woman."




    The 1 Outfit That Makes Her Feel Sexy and Confident

    "I love a good high-waisted pant, and I am so excited high-waisted shorts are back because I am on the hunt for the perfect ones. I love a good pencil skirt and a crop top. I think it is really just about confidence and that is what makes you feel sexy. It's like my uniform, I love it." 





    The Best Style Advice She's Ever Received

    "I 'm a Miami girl. I don't know if you 've heard anything about Miami girls, but they match their shoes to their purses to their belts to their jewelry. Everything is supercolorful. I am so thankful I have entered the world of fashion because I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing stylists. I 'm in the right career to learn how to dress myself . . . Now I am in New York, and I have made full use of the black on black and black and white, and I learned minimal sometimes is more."








    Why We Don't Need to "Drop the Plus"

    "I don't mind being plus size because when I am shopping, I am shopping plus size! I am honored to have a place in this industry and to have the opportunity to be breaking boundaries and shifting the way people perceive beauty as a whole. If you need to call me plus size to put me somewhere, thank you for showcasing me at all. 

    You are never going to make everyone happy. There are always going to be people criticizing you no matter what, and you just have to stay in your lane. Luckily for me, I am a plus-size model and I am a plus-size woman, so it works."















    The Best Swimsuits For Showing Off Your Curves


    "The sexy snow leopard underwear bikini. The way that everything just sat on my body was amazing. I felt supersexy and confident, and it was really flirty with the pattern. I love everything high-waisted, and swimsuitsforall has a million high-waisted bikinis so that you can find your perfect shape."




    "[This black swimsuit] was so sexy in its own right before it was cut out; it felt very scuba with the criss-cross in the back, and then they cut it up [for the shoot], and I was like, 'Oh my god.' I am busty and I couldn't really look down to see what he was doing, and when I watched the video, I was like, 'Holy crap, those scissors were right there!' . . . It was like a piece of art on a swimsuit."

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  • Plus-Size Model Ashley Graham Wants to Be the 'Curvier Version' of Heidi Klum

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    Ashley Graham has already made a name for herself in the modeling industry, but she hopes to eventually become one of the greats.

    "I definitely look up to Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks and Cindy Crawford," the plus-size model, 27, told website The Coveteur. "I've watched their careers and they have just blossomed into extraordinary and amazing things. I can't wait to be the curvier version of all of them."

    While Graham – who has modeled lingerie for Lane Bryant and landed a bikini ad in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue – faced adversity in the beginning of her career, she believes the fashion industry is changing.




    "I've faced criticism my whole career," she said in the interview. "It's come from fans, it's come from agents, and it's come from other models. But I think that it's all a matter of how you handle it and I turned it all into a positive thing. Now the industry has totally changed and it's not as much about size anymore – everyone's really jumped on the bandwagon of not letting size be the defining factor of determining what beauty truly is." 






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  • Plus Size LIT Flame Trendy Sliced 2 Piece Set

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    At a time when even the most polarizing trends of the '90s have made a triumphant return, it's high time we acknowledge Kelly Kapowski as the fashion icon she is. A staunch supporter of bare midriffs, off-the-shoulder tops, and high-waisted denim, Saved by the Bell's resident queen bee had the kind of wardrobe we bet Bella Hadid would happily raid.

    One style in particular—the off-the-shoulder crop top, or "bubble" top—made frequent appearances in the halls of Bayside High and is now on the verge of a major renaissance. With extra bands of elastic around the waist and arms and (usually) a more abbreviated length, the trend pairs perfectly with high-rise bottoms, and it's arriving right in time for summer.

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