A role model for diversity in fashion
Grace Victory, from Flackwell Heath, is showing that she is proud of her plus-size figure by taking part in Scantilly by Curvy Kate’s latest inclusive campaign #TheNewSexy.
It introduces eight female role models, including an alopecia sufferer, a transgender woman and a recovered anorexic, all of whom want to show they are confident and deserve to feel sexy in lingerie.
Grace, 25, who goes by the name Gracie Francesca online, became a success after launching her vlog channel The Ugly Face of Beauty on Youtube.
Her channel covers all topics from style, food, beauty and also more hard hitting issues such as self-esteem, eating disorders and self-harm.
Nicknamed ‘The internet’s big sister’, she said: “I think if diversity was shown in the media it would just become the norm.
“At the moment it’s still kind of an ‘oh my god moment’ when we see someone who is slightly bigger or even a girl of colour on the catwalk or in adverts, which is shocking really.
“Showing all different kinds of people will really help the younger generations to see someone they relate to, whether it be tall, short, fat, thin or whatever.
“I think the industry has a long way to go but some brands such as Scantilly are putting their foot forward and playing a part in something that means such a lot to a wide range of people.”
In recent years the modelling and fashion industries has been under scrutiny due to the lack of diversity.
Scantilly hope that their use of customer role models will hail a new era for diversity within the fashion industry.
Head of PR and marketing, Hannah Isichei, said: “It’s important for us as a brand to speak to as many women as possible through our campaigns.
“We know our customers don’t all look the same so why should our models? Why should boudoir lingerie just be reserved for a handful of society?
“We want women to look at our products and see them on a body they can relate to. Scantilly lingerie is for every woman and every body, so it’s important that our models reflect this attitude.”
Scantilly by Curvy Kate’s third collection will be available from July 2016. Visit curvykate.com, Debenhams. com and Figleaves.com for more information.
Grace Victory, left, is one of the models chosen to take part a new campaign by Curvy Kate