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More and more plus size models can be found on the covers of magazines, in the advertorials, and strutting down NYFW runways. Yet, we still have progress to make when it comes to the way plus size models are treated in the industry.
In a new video for Teen Vogue, plus size models Barbie Ferreira, Jordyn Woods, Hunter McGrady, Olivia Wilson, and Riley Ticotin reveal some of the things they're tired of hearing at fashion shoots. From feeling shamed for eating the catering, to getting surprised looks from people who find out they're models, it's clear that plus size models are not yet treated fairly in the industry.
"People will say to you, 'Oh my god, you're so lucky! You get paid to eat," Wilson said.
One striking point brought up by Woods was how people react to seeing that a plus size model exercises. "One time I posted a photo working out," she said. "And then if you post you're working out they're going to say, 'oh don't get too skinny' or 'why are you working out if you love your body?' " Woods ends her point, saying, "If you love your body, you're gonna work out."
It seems some people still don't realize that exercising isn't just a method to lose weight.
"I'm so ready for a revolution where a normal sized body is just that. We all have different body types here," McGrady said. "When is that going to be normal? I'm ready for that to happen."
You can watch the whole video below: