PARIS – Dozens of curvy women staged a fashion display near the Eiffel Tower Sunday, braving cold rain in skimpy clothes to defy style diktats with the simple slogan: “My body is beautiful.”
Transparent nightgowns, stockings, and undies have been out in complete pressure along with white-winged models lightly mocking US underwear Victoria’s Secret to the pleasure of Parisians and travelers who snapped away with cell telephones and cameras.
Plus size fashions and “everyday girls” took element inside the 2d version of the “frame fantastic” show, inspired with the aid of a movement released in nations consisting of Britain and the United States.
Organizer Georgia Stein told AFP her purpose changed into “to represent the general public of girls, how they’re beautiful notwithstanding their ‘faults’ which might be in fact now not faults due to the fact they may be absolutely herbal, like tummies, cellulite or stretch marks”.
The message turned into underscored by means of signs and symptoms in English that read “My body is beautiful” or “Your beauty through your range”.
Stein, 32, stated she desired to make a difference for “ladies who do not sense exact about themselves and fall into despair as a result”.
“In France, we lag far in the back of at the difficulty,” she delivered in reference to fashion for large women.
“We do not see any variety in advertising campaigns or on catwalks. The market for larger sizes is minimal.”
Leslie Laughlin, who wears a French size forty four-forty six (a US length 10-12, a UK size 14-sixteen) stated she had a problem locating stylish garb in stores.
– Sexy undies –
“Finding something cutting-edge at a very good rate is almost not possible. We need to fall lower back on matters with little flora, outfits which might be pretty out of date,” she said.
“Finding horny lingerie if you are curvy, with exact support, is complicated. We are doing this in order that the style world gets going,” she brought.
The town of Paris in February organized a marketing campaign against fat shaming at some stage in the modern day style week, however, the message had a problem being heard. Fashion homes contacted by means of AFP favored now not to comment publicly.
Karl Lagerfeld, the late clothier regarded for speaking his thoughts, as soon as said that “no one wants to see curvy women” on catwalks.
Stein cited there were fewer plus sized ladies in France than in Britain or the US.
“In the United States, they’re who they’re, a woman size 50 will wear a short, tight get dressed in a plunging neckline or heels.
“In France, we’re much more likely to hide that of which we’ve got an excessive amount of or now not sufficient.”
– Victoria’s Secret wings –
“Ladies, don’t forget your wings,” Stein called out as she adjusted a crimson puff on the arm of a shiny-lipped model wearing a fuchsia nightgown in a cafe north of Paris beforehand of the display.
Stein herself became wearing a lacy white slip and makeup but all had been covered with blankets as they headed to a bus that took them to the Trocadero plaza where the show had the Eiffel Tower as background.
She stated that after personnel at Victoria’s Secret had been asked why there has been no longer more diversity amongst their models — who are every now and then called angels — that they had responded: “because we promote delusion”.
“They have been hit via a massive boycott on social media,” Stein stated. “With the wings we wanted to send a touch wink, to say we too are angels who promote fantasies.”