We Are So Ready To See More Male Plus Sized Models
Missy aka Tizzy
On 29th October 2017
We all know that women suffer from issues with body image and body confidence. It has been a huge topic across social media. There is so much pressure to get in shape and be more like the models that are portrayed in film, tv, social media and in the music industry. It is affecting people nowadays more than ever. However, this problem no longer solely affects women. Men are also facing the very same struggles.
The fashion industry has been criticized for years when it comes to their models. The biggest complaint is that they have always been "too thin." In recent years, the fashion industry has slowly been working in plus-sized models giving a platform for those of us who are not the "ideal size" for modeling.
Models Ashley Graham and Iskra Lawrence are great examples about how society is not always fixated on a certain body size or shape, but what about the men. Muscular bodies and washboard abs? There is plenty of pressure on men to also have the perfect image.
Meet Raul Samuel who is a 25-year-old plus size model from north London who has recently made it his full-time job. Raul says he found it frustrating that there was no one out there shaped the way that he was making it hard for him to stay current with the latest styles.
Raul believes there is way too much pressure for men and women to look a certain way. He says the rise of social media is only making things worse. Too many people want to be like "Instagram models" and the pressures are real. He goes on to say how he sees children getting bullied and having issues with their shapes and sizes because they do not look like the models we see normally.
As the fashion industry continues to grow, Raul hopes to see a more diverse collection of people varying in all shapes and sizes. He says, "I think modeling is still portrayed as a very female world, but the 21st-century man has a passion for fashion and we want to have more choice – we enjoy looking and feeling good too. The men’s fashion industry is growing and as it does, so will the need for more male models – I just hope that includes a diverse range and representation in the industry."
Raul wants to change people's minds when it comes to men worrying about not being manly when admitting to struggling with body issues and confidence. He says that even though he does not have a six pack or look like other men in magazines that he is now confident in his size and hopes to help others feel the same way.
Sadly, there are some that think plus size models are just glorifying obesity. The president of the Australian Medical Association says that sending overweight or obese people down the catwalk is dangerous as it appears we are celebrating obesity even though it is a dangerous health condition.
Raul disagrees. He says you should definitely be healthy but being big could also just be your body type and you should not feel bad about that. He also goes on to say that eating healthy and being active definitely helps with confidence and that it is important to not make yourself sick just so you can look like some model in a magazine.
His advice to other plus sized people is to find what suits you and what makes you feel comfortable. In the end, it is how you see yourself that really matters.
His message is pretty clear for men and women. We all need to learn to love the body we are in while keeping ourselves healthy and happy.