I don’t follow fashion, but I’m pleased to see an article from the Daily Mail about Mark Fast and his passion for showcasing how beautiful larger women can be. His choice to feature models from 12+ UK caused some controversy but he perservered, even as his own stylist and creative designer quit over it. Thankfully volunteers helped him make this a success.
The models used in the show were Hayley Morley, 21, a size 12, Laura Catterall, 20, a size 14 and Gwyneth Harrison, 25, a size 12-14.
Sarah Watkinson, 37, founded 12+ UK in 2000 and has 37 models on her books.
She said: ‘I’m very happy that Amanda and Mark stuck to their passion. They really wanted to do it but it was difficult for them.
‘Mark has been passionate about using larger women and really wanted to show that they look great in his dresses.
‘Every time I think things are progressing, they end up going back to how they’ve always been. I hope this has sparked lasting changes.’
I hope so, too. We really do need to get away from size 0 as the standard by which everyone woman thinks she needs to measure herself. It’s not healthy for our bodies, or our minds.