Vogue hasn't exactly been a champion of body positivity and inclusivity. Outside of featuring Ashley Graham alongside a group of straight-size models, American Vogue has yet to feature a plus-size model on the cover alone.
In a small step for size inclusivity and a giant step for the legacy fashion publication, British Vogue published a swimsuit post featuring none other than plus-size blogger Callie Thorpe.
The timing couldn't have been better.
Thorpe was featured in a post on swimsuit trends alongside models Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Karlie Kloss. The blogger had the best response to the feature: She shared the article on Instagram with the caption:
"To all the people who called me fat, ugly and treated me like trash because of my weight growing up....Catch me on Vogue with your WCW."
In an interview with Yahoo! Style, Thorpe expressed her joy over being featured:
"To be featured in something where they never sort of include anyone of my shape, next to Kendall and all these supermodels, it’s just insane. And it kind of is a bit of a, ‘Well, look at me now. You said all these things and now I’m in Vogue,’ type thing. And I know it’s probably not the most positive attitude to respond to, but I just really wanted to just say it to be like, ‘I’ve proved you all wrong.’”
The best part about being featured, Thorpe revealed, was just how casual it was. She explained that while many magazines draw attention to plus-size models and bloggers by highlighting it in the headline, the Vogue piece included her simply by liking her bathing suit.
"This is what we need. We need people just to be like, that girl looks amazing in that outfit and that dress, and include her in this list of great people to follow, not because of her size, just because she looks great.”
The Vogue piece also included Ashley Graham and plus-size model Paloma Elsesser. Hopefully, it's a step in a more inclusive direction for the publication. Regardless, Thorpe is certainly floating on air, and we can't blame her! She looks stunning, happy, and like she's having a blast! Haters, make your way to the left.