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