Victoria's Secret is facing stiff new competition from a plus-size, Brooklyn, N.Y.-based model.
The idea that the lingerie company largely showcases thinner models didn't sit right with Tabria Majors.
She scoured through her favourite outfits from Victoria's Secret to prove, as she says, "that curvy girls can rock (and sell) lingerie just as well as straight-size models."
The breathtaking photos she posted on Instagram and Twitter speak for themselves.
"Maybe I'll be a Victoria's Secret Angel this year for Halloween, since it ain't happening in real life," she wrote in an Instagram post on Oct. 31.
"I've been thinking about doing this for a while, and the pieces happened to come together," she said in an interview with HuffPost Canada. "I really want to open the discussion of inclusivity in mainstream media."
Majors said that the Victoria's Sercet has been a staple for decades but they have been repeating the same formula over and over.
"I just want to know why they, and so many other companies, don't cater to the average-sized woman."
Maybe I'll be a Victoria's Secret Angel this year for Halloween, since it ain't happening in real life lol. Just paying homage to a few of my favorite pics/outfits from VS here and showing that curvy girls can rock (and sell) lingerie just as well as straight size models. _____________________________________ 📸 @allgoodthingstv 👚 @victoriassecret
It boggles the mind that higher-ups at the lingerie company won't include more plus-sized "angels" among the skinny ones the brand is famous for. Tip: Diversity sells. Literally.
"The main argument I've heard is that it's expensive, time-consuming, and companies don't have the proper resources to expand their sizes," Majors said.
Majors says plus-size industry is lucrative
"I personally don't believe that, primarily because the plus-size industry brings in billions of dollars each year, and the potential profit companies would make should counter any of their hesitations."
However, Sports Illustrated has definitely taken notice of Majors.
The model is currently a finalist for SI's Swim Search, where 15 women will debut their swimwear line and compete for a chance to be featured in the 2018 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
She's even bragged about her weight online to make it clear she is damn proud of how she looks.
"I'm Tabria Majors, I weigh 218 pounds, and I don't care if you hate my body because I love it," she wrote on Instagram in August.
And in doing so, she's joined famous plus-sized model and body-positive advocate Ashley Graham in fighting the weight stigma.
She's not the first to post shots of herself beside ads to highlight the lack of diversity — black model Deddeh Howard recreated a series of famous ads last year.
Androgynous model Rain Dove also reimagined Victoria's Secret shoots by Photoshopping their models' faces onto her body with the original image of herself beside them.
Hopefully, they'll understand that everyone ... shouldn't be 'punished' for their size.Tabria Majors
But she says major companies have to stop hesitating to showcase plus-size models.
"I'm sure there's an underlying reason that we're not aware of," Majors said. "Whether it's associated with costs or the company's image, but hopefully, they'll understand that everyone should be able to purchase any style of clothing, and shouldn't be 'punished' for their size."
Anyone at Victoria's Secret taking down notes?
These models are trying to bring you into the revolution. Stop missing it.
Who else is in the 200+ club, let's see! pic.twitter.com/LoMUyZHA4f— Tabria (@TabriaMajors) August 29, 2017
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