Miami Swim Week: ‘Real’ women take over Sports Illustrated and PrettyLittleThing swimsuit catwalk
Miami Swim Week has proved that a hot girl summer can come in all shapes, sizes and abilities.
The annual fashion show has returned to the US party capital after a 2020 postponement, and it looks like last year has changed the swimsuit industry as much as it’s changed healthcare systems, the economy and, well, us.
Gone are the days of impossibly toned blonde glamazons modelling what are supposed to be swimsuits for the everyday women.
Brands like PrettyLittleThing and men’s fashion magazine Sports Illustrated have employed a refreshingly diverse slate of curvy models — even pregnant models — to demonstrate what the hottest summer trends would look like on every body.
Sports Illustrated took over the luxe Mondrian South Beach hotel in Miami and gave fans a taste of their highly anticipated annual swimsuit issue, with cellulite, scars, lumps and bumps in vogue.
From Thai/German model Amanda Kay and influencer Natalie Mariduena showing off their beautiful curves in high rise full pieces, to Natalie Gage who looked gorgeous in a pink floral two-piece and Kathy Jacobs, who made history as their oldest and shortest rookie model ever.
The 57-year-old uploaded a video of herself modelling at Miami Swim Week with the caption “It’s never too late, age is just a number”.
Kay has previously said: “I started my modelling career later in life because I kept making excuses as to why I wasn’t good enough.
“I hope I can show anyone out there who is scared or has reservations to just go for it.”
“This is what Runway domination at 57 years old and 5’2 tall looks like on the surface (sic),” she shared.
“What you don’t see are the years of hundreds of rejections, discipline, heartbreak, and balls to the wall perseverance behind what it took to be in this short video.”
Elsewhere, fast fashion brand Pretty Little Thing lived up to its commitment to inclusivity by employing transgender, disabled, plus-sized and even pregnant models.
Modelling its swimwear — that is available in a size four to 30 — was disabled model Anna Sarol, who was paralysed as a teenager while practising gymnastics and influencer Bruna Lima, who is almost eight months pregnant.
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