RULE BREAKER

Women's Health Australia - - COVER EXCLUSIVE -

I never re­alised the ef­fect that my In­sta­gram (@breek­war­ren) had un­til I started to get a lot of mes­sages from women. The fash­ion in­dus­try has been dom­i­nated by one size for so long, and I think peo­ple find it re­ally re­fresh­ing to see a body like mine rep­re­sented.

We’re not all cre­ated in a tiny frame and that’s OK. That’s why I started the #breekini­weekly hash­tag. The swimwear mar­ket was flooded with all th­ese amaz­ing brands, and I’d be sent swimwear that was never shown on a model above a size 8. But what looks good on a small, tiny frame just doesn’t look good on me. I wanted to show some­thing dif­fer­ent. In each post, I wear swim pieces that I re­ally would wear in real life, and share what size I’m wear­ing. I want to start build­ing #breekini­weekly into an in­clu­sive space for beach body diver­sity and show all shapes, sizes and body types. I want it to be about the big­ger pic­ture.

The ma­jor­ity of swimwear is only ever shot on one body type and I’ve never un­der­stood that. You can’t have only one way to be beau­ti­ful. Curvy bod­ies can be hot, healthy and sell swimwear. I want ev­ery­one else to know it, too. I guess I’ve al­ways gone against the grain with this and been a rule breaker in terms of my size in the in­dus­try.

It was a dif­fer­ent world back then [when I started mod­el­ling], you know? There are so many brands that I would never have ex­pected to be work­ing for that are now com­ing to me through my so­cial me­dia, such as Seafolly, Tigerlily, Mon­day Swimwear, Duskii, Palm Swimwear and Vi­ta­min A. Things are re­ally chang­ing.

Lu­l­ule­mon jacket, $129, crop top, $59, and bottoms, $19; Ap­ple Watch, $459

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