10 beautiful photos that celebrate plus-size women

Because, at 67%, plus-size women represent the majority of women in the U.S. And Refinery29 is reminding us that they need to be seen.

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Whether you’re perusing one of your favorite glossy beauty magazines, online shopping, watching TV, or scrolling through your favorite celebrity’s Instagram feed, chances are, you’re being bombarded with images of very skinny, very well-dressed women. In fact, even though 67 percent of American women wear a size 14 or higher, less than two percent of the images we’re shown on a daily basis portray plus-size women. (And probably even less than that are plus-size stylish women.) That media distortion is, to say the least, problematic. It means plus-size women in America, even though they are a majority, can start to feel like outsiders. Like less than.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

That’s the refreshing rationale behind Refinery29’s 67 Percent Project: to show more plus-size and curvy women on its popular fashion website. It’s not that slender bodies aren’t beautiful, too. The problem Refinery29 is addressing is one of diversity. When there’s no room for diversity in our societal definition of beauty, we lose our sense of selves, we forget what it means to really be a woman, and how to appreciate the miracle that is a woman’s body. And that being a size zero isn’t a requirement for being chic.

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So it’s exciting that a popular fashion website has given itself a mega beauty overhaul. Over the past six months, the team has committed itself to shooting stock photography and re-designing illustrations that pay homage to us—real American women, who come in a variety of lovable sizes. Not only will these images appear in Refinery29’s site, newsletter, and social media, but other outlets will soon have access to the images, too. That’s because Refinery29 is partnering with Getty Images, a giant stock photography company that many of your favorite outlets probably use. Hopefully one day soon, these types of images will help uplift the spirits and fashion status of chic plus-size women in pixels, paper, and the American imagination.

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Here are 10 photos from Refinery29’s new collection that we adore for honestly capturing the beauty and everyday style of plus-size ladies:

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