Orange Is The New Black’s Danielle Brooks (aka The Queen of Curves) hopes that her modeling career will inspire others to accept their bodies as is.
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The Tony-nominated actress recently told ELLE that the visibility of plus-sized models matters especially for her since she didn’t grow up seeing women like her celebrated.
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“It’s very important to be that person that I wanted to see when I was a young girl, and I’m very grateful that I’m finally starting to get into fashion, and modeling, and being an example for young girls that are curvy,” Brooks tole ELLE.
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“A big part of my thing is being the voice of the curves I hashtag it a lot,” she added.
Over the past year she has been seen walking in Christian Siriano’s Lane Bryant show and modeling for their #ThisBody campaign.
She also been a strong advocate for the fashion world to be more inclusive and even called out America’s Next Top Model for its lack of plus-sized models.
“It’s just a reminder to women that are plus-sized,” she said. “Because 67 percent of women are plus-sized in America, and only 1 percent are represented in media.”
Brooks also uses her Instagram page to celebrate her curves and empower others:
Brooks’ messages of body positivity aren’t new. Last year, she told People that she hoped the #ThisBody campaign would help break down Hollywood’s dated standards of weight and beauty.
“We have a voice and we have a platform to really change the way that women look at their bodies , and we want to be a part of that. We want to do everything that we can to help push the needle in this world, especially I think Hollywood’s standards of beauty are messed up and they need to be shifted and change and somebody needs to go in there with a big old boulder and just knock it down,” the Tony-nominee said.
“And we’re seeing that in television, we’re seeing that in shows like Orange [Is the New Black]. We’re seeing it in shows like Empire; Shonda Rhimes’ shows. I am just really grateful that I get to be a part of this movement in a big way.”
Thank you Danielle.