Two friends from New York with different body types decided to make the world a more body-positive place, by posting videos and photos of them wearing the same outfits.
Throughout history, women were pressured to look “perfect”, and tie their self-worth to weight and things related to their looks. The last few decades have seen a major step towards the acceptance of all body types as equal and beautiful.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Body positivity is crucial for our mental, emotional, and physical health.
Two friends decided to make the world a more body-positive place, so they share their photos in the same outfits to show their bodies look beautiful despite all differences.
Living in New York, two best friends started sharing videos on TikTok of the two of them wearing the exact same outfit. The plus-size model Denise Mercedes, is a size 14 Dominican model who has launched a TikTok challenge titled “Style Not Size” with her friend Maria Castellanos.
Their bodies are very different, so clothes look different on each of them, but the result is the same- they are both gorgeous!
Denise runs a campaign #becauseitsmybody dedicated to women of all shapes and sizes, and she has collaborated with numerous fashion brands and boutiques like Forever21, Target, and JCPenney.
The posts of the two girls started going viral, and they soon became so successful that they even started the #stylenotsize hashtag campaign.
@denisemmercedesMy mini series with my bff @mariacastellanos_ri called “Style, Not Size”! Looks from #Zara Which outfit was your fav? 1, 2, or 3?! #fashion♬ Say So -- Doja Cat
Ever since, other women have been posting photos with this hashtag, and often, they take pictures with their best friends.
True body positivity!
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I have on my new @savagexfenty loungewear from @amazonfashion to watch the #savagexfentySHOW vol. 2 to walk the walk with Rihanna!! Let’s watch it together on @amazonprimevideo tonight, and if you want more join the Twitter Watch Party! Also, be the first to shop your favorites at the link in my bio! Stories for more details! #ad #savagexfenty Xoxo -- Ri
Weight body stigma can lead to depression and low self-esteem, and the stress it causes can create a never-ending cycle of pain and suffering.
What we should all accept is that our bodies come in all sizes and shapes, and what matters is how healthy and happy we truly are.
Incorporate healthy habits into your daily routines, like drinking plenty of water, exercising, following a balanced diet, and sleeping well, and you will learn to love your body.
There is nothing wrong in wanting and trying to lose weight, look, and feel better, but it is crucial to appreciate your body first.
Treat your body with love and care, provide it with the nourishment it needs, and fight all negative thoughts with encouraging, positive ones. Choose clothing that fits your body type, and don’t beat yourself- we all have bad days.
Learning to love yourself is an ongoing process, but the sooner you start, the more and the quicker you will improve.
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#stylenotsize has become so dear to me and to @denisemmercedes We’ve been so blessed to have so much support from others, to see growth in people and to see and understand what it is to be an influencer. To have young ladies reaching out about their insecurities and how we’ve helped overcome it or at least given them a hand to do so. We will continue to fight for this movement and to change the rules of the industry #fashion #nycfashion #nycbloggers #nycinfluencer #fashiondesign #ootd #outfitideas #outfitinspo #clothing #wtw wearing @boohoo #boohoo