French fashion house Christian Louboutin made history last week when it announced that Clémentine Desseaux is the new face of their latest campaign. This marks the first time that the 23-year-old brand, which moved into beauty last year, cast a plus-size model in its advertisements. And, as Jenny McQuaile, director of upcoming documentaryStraight/Curve, told Daily Mail, it’s a “huge step in the fight for inclusivity and representation of women of all shapes and sizes in high fashion.”
This is the latest in a number of body diversity milestones we’ve seen in recent years. Earlier this year, Sports Illustrated cast Robyn Lawley as its first “plus-size” model in its annual Swimsuit Issue. Candice Huffine was one of 2015’s Pirelli Calendar girls, which marked the first time the brand featured someone who identifies as “plus-size.” Ashley Graham, Iskra Lawrence, Jennie Runk, Barbie Ferreira, and Tess Holliday have become major forces in the fashion industry. Project Runway‘s Ashley Nell-Tipton won the season by closing with a plus-size collection.
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