Last night marked the premiere of the new EPIX documentary Straight/Curve, a film looking into the influencers working hard to redefine modern beauty standards and promote body diversity. The evolution and creation of inclusive mainstream beauty and body diversity isÂ aÂ topic firmly rooted in todayâ€™s zeitgeist; and itâ€™s a conversation in whichÂ influencers likeÂ Jennie Runk are keenÂ on beingÂ involved.
Runk is a plus-size model who often advocates for gay women like herself; however, sheâ€™s now making it clear that LGBTQ rights are far from theÂ only cause close to her heart. After attending the premiere for the body positive documentary, she took to Instagram to make apowerful statementÂ about her identification as a plus-size woman, one who is set on using her platform to encourage the acceptance of bodies of all types â€” particularly by the companies that make the clothes we wear.
â€œI am a proud, plus size woman. Iâ€™m on the smaller side of plus, so I can usually fit into the largest straight sizes as well as the smallest plus sizes when shopping, but I recognize that thatâ€™s a privilege many women donâ€™t have,â€ she writes.
Although Runkâ€™s identification as a plus-size woman is not new, the way in which she illustrates herself as a figure that falls in between plus and straightÂ sizes highlights a particularly under-discussed narrative; shouldnâ€™t brands be size inclusive? Is â€œplusâ€ a clothing label that we need at all?
Runk tells her followers that while she has a choice when it comes to fitting into plus or straight sizes, she recognizes that others donâ€™t. Then she confirmed her dedicationÂ to the cause of size inclusivity by reaffirming her commitment to body inclusivity.
â€œI know that many of my fans and followers can only shop in plus sizes, and I care about each of you and your experiences,â€ she continues. â€œAs a model, I have a responsibility to use my platform to advocate for body diversity and lead by example. I have control over which brands get to share my limelight, and Iâ€™m holding myself accountable. Therefore, Iâ€™m making a conscious decision to support brands that are size inclusive.â€
Runkâ€™sÂ commitment to only wearing brands that are size inclusive seems to beÂ a direct result of her involvement in the documentary, which celebrates all spectrums of body diversity, rather than focusing on solely the divergence between plus and petite. Runk does not fit neatly into the applied labels and sheâ€™s strong to understand, and affirm, that other people donâ€™t either.