Body positivity steps onto the catwalk

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Three women made fashion history in September, stepping onto the catwalk as Versace’s first ever plus-size models.

Showcasing Versace’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection at Milan Fashion Week, the three women – named Jill Kortleve, Precious Lee and Alva Claire– modelled clothes based on an under-the-sea theme.

Jill Kortleve is becoming a runway regular, having also appeared for Alexander McQueen, Jacquemus, Fendi and Chanel.

Industry insiders report that the pandemic has shaken up the fashion industry, with many saying that business cannot carry on as usual post-COVID. It’s possible that greater body diversity will be one of several positive changes to take place in fashion, as we collectively sashay into 2021. Getting rid of the term ‘plus-size’ might be a good place to start.


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