Being Latina makes me already part of a minority, but if we look deeper my size and face features make me pretty much an outsider all the way in every possible aspect when it comes to the way we are supposed to look.

The message Tom Ford is sending is tremendously negative and dangerous. All bodies are not equal; we are not a one size world.

If that is not enough pressure, I am the first Latina plus size model worldwide and editor in chief of Belleza XL  the first and only plus size Latino oriented magazine in the world, which makes me have a huge responsibility on every single thing I say and do. When I read WWD’s (Women´s Wear Daily) Tom Ford interview my eyes rolled back so hard that I had a headache. So many wrong things said, it was just too much. I had to step forward for me and all Latinas worldwide, but mostly on behalf of every woman out there. This nonsense needs to stop and I was doing my part and I did it on my social media, my little space on the internet world.

Tom Ford said he is not into plus size fashion and will not because: “fashion models tend to be the same size is because that’s the way it’s always been. I can’t, eight hours before the show when I’m in a fitting and I decide to use a certain girl, custom make an outfit for her. My clothes are made. They are all made in the same size” among other very fatphobic and discriminatory statements.

So according to Tom Ford, it’s okay that we live in a traditional era, because that’s the way it is, right? Many psychologists have stated that body dissatisfaction, eating disorders are prominent in the fashion industry as a result of exclusion. Fashion history indicates that are at least 5 different body types, not to mention the range of sizes..

@TomFord recently declare to @WWD that he is not into plus size fashion and will not because: “fashion models tend to be the same size is because that’s the way it’s always been. I can’t, eight hours before the show when I’m in a fitting and I decide to use a certain girl, custom make an outfit for her. My clothes are made. They are all made in the same size” among other very fatphobic and discriminatory statements. So according to him, is OK that we still live in the cave era, because is the way it is, right? Studies have proven that one size does not fit all. Body dissatisfaction, eating disorders as many psychologists has indicated are one of the effects that exclusion in fashion can cause. Fashion history indicates that are at least 5 different body types, not to mention the many sizes known so far. The message @TomFord is sending is tremendously negative. All bodies are not equal; we are not a one size world. From all of this, what I love is to know that our industry is growing and more designers are not “stressed” to understand the world does not come in one size. (Hi Christian Siriano @csiriano! 👋😁 ) Oh! And this recreation of the @TomFord design from Fashion Week 2017?  Is made with at least five amazing companies that understand the impact of fashion on selfsteem and body image as respect for all human beings. Companies that understand that we are not a one size world. It doesn´t cost a thing to understand the world is not a box, we need to be kind and inclusive. Simple… #bellezaxl #estaesmibelleza #effyourbeautystandards #fashionforall #fashiondemocracy #onesizedoesnotfitall #plusmodel #fashiondiversity #plussizemodel #latinx #iamlatina #jenniferbarretoleyva #tomford #bodypositive #cuerposenpositivo

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The message Tom Ford is sending is tremendously negative and dangerous. All bodies are not equal; we are not a ‘one size world’.

Based on all of this, what I love knowing is that our fashion industry is growing and more designers are not ‘stressed’ to understand the world does not come in one size. In our growing fashion industry, I have the opportunity to buy from at least five amazing companies that understand the impact of fashion on self-esteem and body image. Companies that understand that we are not a ‘one size world’. In addition, I could replicate a Tom Ford design from Fashion Week 2017 with things that I have in my closet! It doesn’t cost a thing to understand that the world and the people living in it are not similar; we need to be kind and inclusive.

No matter how much Tom Ford or other designers deny it, fashion IS changing – they can either be part of the solution or part of the problem.

Jennifer Barreto-Leyva

Editor in Chief of Revista Belleza XL the first and only Magazine in history of media dedicated to plus size people in Spanish. Founder of Latino Plus Size Fashion Week.

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