Swimwear season can be truly depressing when it comes to catwalks, look-books and glossy magazine campaigns. More often then not, the models donning these itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny pieces are rake thin, with washboard stomach and thigh gaps galore. Not a true representation of inclusive female beauty if you ask me.
But for SS19, plus size models reigned supreme on the swimwear scene, shaking up traditional ideas of what we should look like on the beach and making it much more realistic, while still just as sexy.
First up there was Gran Canaria Moda Cálida, where designers such as Maldito Sweet embraced the female form in all its glorious shapes and sizes with a transgressive collection made for the thin and the sensually curvy alike. Voluptuous goddesses strode the runway in fabulous plunging metallic, figure hugging lycra which emphasised every curve, flattering studded high-waisted black two-pieces and on-trend one-piece costumes with suggestive cut-outs.
Also celebrating real women, Elena Morales’ SS19 collection ‘Lanka’, was inspired by a trip to Sri Lanka and its sea, waves, animals and jungle, and features a collection of geometric lines perfectly complemented by vivid colours and tropical prints, worn by models who shun outdated beauty standards with their fuller figures.
Then there was the body positive Unique by Mode City trade show by Eurovet in Paris which bases its concept on not discriminating on women because of size, but rather celebrates – through inclusive collections like I Feel Unique Stephane and Remise – all kinds of beauty, by showing that our standards of femininity have evolved considerably.
Finally, Miami Swim Week powered by Art Hearts Fashion gave the limelight to designers live Nyki Allen, whose collection Gyv Me Body was born with the understanding that real women have curves and caters to the reality of all women no matter their shape or size.
Article First Seen in La Provincia August 03