This Model Showed Off Her Stretch Marks And Made A Powerful Point About Body Positivity In The Fashion Industry

"I'm here to infiltrate from the inside."

Barbie Ferreira recently shared a photo on Instagram of her stretch marks fully on display and it quickly went viral thanks to her self-love message. Ferreira wrote, "mi lil stripes are out here. soothing them with vitamin e oil n noticing how cute my body can be despite lil changes!!!"


Just a few hours after Ferreira uploaded the photo, she experienced an incident at a photo shoot that made her realize that there is a lot more progress that could be made in the fashion industry in terms of truly having a body positive attitude.

The model took to Instagram once again to explain what happened: 

" Thank you @teenvogue for this write up. After I posted the picture of my stretch marks, not even a few hours later I was [sic] stood naked at work in front of strangers (super vulnerable position) and got asked what was wrong with my hips ... Pointing at my stretch marks. By a woman. Id be lying through my teeth if I didn't say micro-aggressions like this don't happen on the daily for me in this industry. And like I always do, I choke back the tears and keep going like nothing happened. Grown ass adults commenting on my teenage body needing spanx, bra cutlets to make me look "better" or Photoshopping my body to be "smoother" right in front of me- most of the time by plus clients. This industry is not cute, never has been. I don't want to sell you this idea that all these brands are so body positive when it's so few that actually represent what women look like not just an idealized version of a thick girl (like they try to do to me.) girls are not treated like people in this industry !! At all !! If you think my abuse is bad, ask a runway model who went from a 34 to a 35 inch hip.. They will tell you they flat out get told to starve and that they're looking fat. Shit isn't as pretty as it looks but.. I'm here to infiltrate from the inside. I truly don't know how much we can do as curvy models when we're still thought of as mannequins- just ones who are cursed to only wear peplums and tunics all day to cover our "flawed" bodies n show just our usually thin faces. Anyway, just wanted to rant because I am so privileged to be here but the flaws in this world make me feel like absolute garbage at the sake of getting paid and trying to spread my message. Not only the consumer is being told they're not good enough- even the girls in the pictures are given the same shit. But y'all got me trapped cuz I need to make a living and enjoy tf out of representing curvy girls all over !!! Jokes on me" 

Since Ferreira's post went up on Dec. 13, it has received 13,1000 likes and numerous comments from people who are fully behind it.

One person said, "As a grown ass woman who has struggled her entire life, I am so over the moon that models like you, Ashley [Graham], etc., are making waves for us girls. Even though the industry may be rotten, you are showing girls and women everywhere that we are cute and that no one can tell me I'm fat or not beautiful. Only I get to decide that ... " 

"... Thank you for making us love ourselves. I am proud of my stretch marks. And no I didn't 'earn' them by having a child. I earned them through life's journey. My journey. And I'm proud of them and thankful for you."

This isn't the first time Ferreira has been an advocate for body positivity in the industry and beyond. She starred in the unretouched AerieREAL campaign, and she has frequently spoken out against body shamers. Her recent Instagram posts are in keeping with the cause.

(H/T: Huffington Post)


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