Plus Size Beauty & Art: The Whole Simmang Celebrates Authentic Beauty
After meeting in 2012, jewelry designer Jillian Simmang and Functional Girl Founder and former model CJ Legare decided to collaborate on a project that would remind women of their youth and to be fearless. The goal was to feature an unorthodox model in a way that would encourage women to embrace their individuality.
The result was this beautiful jewlery editorial starring Netera Pratt shot by photographer The photographer Nichole Christine. The feature was created to celebrate plus size beauty, and celebrate is exactly what it did.
“It’s very rare to see a genuinely plus-size model in a style editorial, much less one who hasn’t been retouched to remove any trace of the elements that make her plus-size.” says Functional Girl Founder and former Elite model CJ Legare.
As a former model, CJ knows first hand how damaging it can be to women when they aren’t shown images of themselves in modeling and in media.
“There is a pervasive idea within the fashion industry that plus-size models can’t be too plus-size, because their images don’t move product,” shares CJ Legare. “If your body-type was only ever presented as a flaw that needs to be corrected or draped in a garish moo-moos and shapeless loungewear, would you buy those clothes?”
The editorial appears in Functional Girl’s online magazine PINC: The Business of Being A Girl and features jewelry from Simmang Design. Their goal is to create content that will empower women to celebrate themselves, embrace sisterhood and live life on their own terms.
The Whole Simmang is a collection of beautifully unique jewelry on a beautifully unique woman, but it’s also an idea that we can redefine female culture by celebrating the authentic beauty that is inherent in every woman.