Plus Model Leona Palmer Talks About “Plus Size”, Stereotypes, Body Image, Health, Beauty, Media, and “Re-Shaping” Our World!

Plus model Leona Palmer is represented by Wilhelmina Models. She has landed some of the most coveted modeling jobs in the industry.  She has modeled for Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Kohl’s and various international department stores – just to name a few. She also posed for the cover of VeinteiTantos magazine and the national Playtex campaign including television commercials. She is amazing, smart, and thoughtful! 

We recently spoke with Leona. We discussed a wide range of topics related to the modeling industry, beauty, health, sizes, society, fashion, and the controversy surrounding the cover of the June 2010 issue of Glamour magazine.

Leona writes about these issues in a new Huffington Post article that was published this morning. She wrote an introduction for us regarding the article. The link to her Huffington Post article follows.

Those who are passionate about “Plus” are no strangers to the controversy, stereotypes, and high emotion surrounding dress sizes. I encourage all of us to think as broadly and inspired as possible about what it means to be “plus”; individually, physically, socially, and politically. The word “Plus” means something personal to each one of us, even while it covers a wide spectrum of women, and influences many a conversation. What makes us proud and empowered as women of any size? How does society impact our personal relationship to our bodies? How do we widen mainstream definitions of beauty? How do Health, Beauty, Advertising/Media, and Fashion all intersect? Society is ever changing; standards of beauty are ever shifting. We are at a time of total re-definition, a time when who’s included and who’s left out of certain ideals is breaking down. Every woman deserves to feel beautiful, and to live in a world that validates and reflects her experience. Let’s set our highest aims in “re-shaping” our world.

Hope you enjoy the Huffington Post piece!

-Leona Palmer

*Here is the direct link to Leona’s Huffington Post article.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leona-palmer/plus_b_576191.html

Thank You, Leona! We look forward to our next interview with you!

What are your thoughts on this subject? What did you think of Leona’s article? What does being “plus” mean to you? What makes you feel proud and empowered? What media images of women do you want to see?

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  20. Erin is beautiful because she is honest and shares a passion for life with others. She is beautiful because she cares enough to share her story so others may benefit. Erin Henry is physically beautiful, and does not need an industry to tell her so. I am telling her so.

  21. Leona is gorgeous! Thanks for the great article!

  22. You can drape expensive clothes over your gut, put on “stunning” makeup and make bedroom eyes at the camera; you can rationalize your roll… but if you’re a fat chick… you’re a fat chick. How about exerting a little will over your penchant for Hagen Daz and midnight munchies? How about realizing that you’re being told what you want to hear by an industry that’s giddy over selling tons of “style” to fat women by fronting up some pretty-faced, slightly zaftig women that they can desperately identify with?

    • Tom, you’re an idiot, and obviously have no idea what Leona looks like! She is so far above you, it’s not even funny.

    • Tom, WOW. Spoken like a true narcissist. Apparently you are perfection. Why the bitterness? Have you been turned down for dates by one too many “fat chicks”?

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      Tom –

      With your judgmental attitude, I am wondering WHY you are looking at this website?

    • Wow tom, just two words for you, shut up!

    • Hey Tom:
      Your comment saddens me. I just discovered this site that appears to be dedicated to celebrating women who may fall outside the current cultural wish list of body measurements. On a site that is exploring beauty, self-esteem, self respect and the current “ideal” shape for women, here you are in all your misogynistic glory throwing out the term “fat chicks”. We are women, Tom, not chicks. Grow up. Do you really think a comment like that fixes anything or enlightens anyone? Why don’t you talk to your female friends, your sister, your girlfriend or your mother and see what they think about comments such as those?
      I do agree with you that marketing is all about appealing to who you are trying to separate from their money, and playing on women’s low self-esteem is a huge part of the ploys made by the fashion and body care product industries. You wouldn’t feel you need so many of the products out there if you thought you were just fine the way you are. They want to give you the impression that the clothes will do more than cover you, the creams will do more that moisturize you, these things will change your life and fix whatever you feel is so horribly wrong with you. But ask yourself this: why do we have such low self-esteem in the first place? Why, in this modern age that is obsessed with physical perfection and dieting do we have more obese people and less nutritionally sound eating habits? Why are 70% percent of women (and GIRLS) in America on diets and unsatisfied with their bodies? Why are our bodies lack of perfection evidence of our lack of self-worth? Also, what is more important: being healthy or being skinny? Not all of us can achieve a supermodel body through healthy means. Can we accept that beauty comes in larger sizes without condoning unhealthy habits? I hope so. Just because the average woman is not supermodel skinny doesn’t mean that the average woman is obese. Allow us our tummies and hips Tom. We are not boys with boobs. And if someone is obese, those overeating habits you would like them to exert a little control over probably stem from the idea that they don’t think they are someone worth taking care of. Hating on someone only changes them for the worse. When you let someone know they are a worthy human being and they start loving themselves they will naturally start taking care of their bodies. If you could, Tom, if you would, I really recommend reading “Body Wars” by Dr. Margo Maine. Maybe it could lead you to see what a sad state women’s attitudes towards themselves are in and what could be done to fix that. Maybe you could see that its not all about putting down the ice cream. If nothing else Tom perhaps you could tell a woman in your life that she is beautiful the way she is.

  23. Leona is absolutely stunning – and quite wise. Can’t wait to see where her career takes her!

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