Candice Huffine Deserves to Shine
By Katrin Alyss--Candice Huffine posed naked on the cover of the upcoming issue of Vogue Mexico. While featuring a “plus-size” cover model is a considerable step in a body-positive direction, Huffine’s figure was almost entirely covered with flowers.
Huffine was the first plus-size model to pose for Vogue Italia, Pirelli Calendar, and Women's Running, putting her in the company of Ashley Graham, who has covered Sports Illustrated as a plus-size model.
Despite this progress, many women who don’t fit the industry standard are made to cover up in photo shoots. In Elle’s 2014 Women in Television series, Mindy Kaling’s picture was cropped to show her body from the chest up. Her fellow cover stars – including Zooey Deschanel, Allison Williams, and Amy Poehler – were given full body shots. Although the average American woman looks a lot different from the vast majority of today’s runway models, it is difficult to find trendy plus-size clothing.
While much more needs to be done, it is promising to see that some models, designers, and even retailers are getting on the body-positive bandwagon. Recently, for example, Target came out with a bathing suit campaign for women of all different sizes and shapes.
It’s time for everyone else to catch up to these efforts. Huffine is a successful and confident model – and that should never be covered up, Vogue Mexico.