The definition of what beauty should be is distorted and sadly, there are still people out there who find joy in body shaming others who don’t fall in the kind of beauty that is “acceptable” for them.
In the busy streets of New York City, two best friends are standing up to the body shamers not by protesting but by showing them through amazing photos that what truly matters is their style, not size.
Denise Mercedes is a size 14 model while her friend, Maria, is a petite lady in size 2. They may different body types, but they were intent in showing people, especially the body shamers, that they can look good in the same clothes even if they have different sizes.
These 12 incredible ensembles worn by the best of friends are undeniably incredible, stylish, and stunning. And they are breaking the so-called beauty norms in society, one amazing outfit after another.
1. Bikini babes
Your body type does not limit you from feeling free on a summer day. Swimsuits? They are for everyone, no matter what size you are. These girls remind us that women are sexy and perfect, no buts or ifs.
A glamorous woman is someone who embraces her true beauty, not someone who feels beat because she doesn’t fall under a certain “category”. Denise and Maria are looking really elegant in this golden piece.
When you are comfortable in your own skin, everyone who looks at you will surely see your inner glow. It’s not really how big or small you are. It’s the way you feel when you are being comfortable with your choice of clothes. These lovely ladies are certainly cozy in their own style.
4. Full of life
A woman who appreciates life is a woman who is happy every day. There may be haters and followers, but the most important thing is a woman’s love for life and all the amazing things that come with it. You see this vigor in the way she walks and wears what makes her happy and in her ever-present smile. If she wants to wear a crop top, she happily does so because it is what makes her enjoy life, not because others think she looks good in it.
Women can be classy no matter what size they are. A little black dress is pretty whether you are petite, plus-size, or curvy. It’s amazing how one classic piece can amplify the charisma of a woman who knows her worth and her true beauty.
6. Too hot to handle
Another day at the beach? Go ahead and wear your favorite swimsuit and glide your way to the shore. These gals are out to get sun-kissed and we are loving their inspiring view on loving and flaunting the body you have.
Aren’t they just stunning? Flowers and women are always associated with one another. They are dainty and beautiful, just like women. And these ladies are looking really delicate and ultra-feminine in this floral piece.
8. Confident and bold
Wow, these girls are killing this outfit! Their confidence and boldness are simply awe-inspiring and women all over the world are now motivated to fully accept their own brand of beauty, and not what others tell them to follow. Denise and Maria are simply incredible influencers in the best way.
9. Deserving of love
A woman deserves to be treated with respect, love, and acceptance. But, before you get that from others, you must first give it to yourself. Self-love is something that only you can provide. Denise and Maria may be wearing simple sleepwear, but their beauty shines through in their own ways because they know they deserve love.
Who’s to say that women are limited in their capacity to reach for their dreams? You can do whatever you set your mind to. Winning in whatever battle you are in is not dependent on what you look like or how big or small your size is. A true winner knows what she can do and sure of her capabilities without having to apologize for who she is.
11. Fierce and strong
The streets of New York City are full of judging eyes, giving women a hard time because of the relentless body-shaming they get from silent looks of apprehension from strangers. Denise and Maria don’t care about that at all. They are walking the streets with incredible confidence and fierceness that is certainly inspiring and worthy of respect.
12. True to yourself
And most importantly, you need to learn to be true to who you are. Embrace your beauty and believe that you are gorgeous. Other people don’t have a say in what you feel. Be true and be you.
Denise and Maria aim for all brands to recognize all sizes. They are posing a challenge for the fashion industry to take on, and slowly, the world of fashion is becoming aware of these ladies’ inspiring advocacy. And, in their own creative way, they are slowly grabbing the attention of these brands to show that style, and not size, is what truly matters.
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