Ashley Graham, the other model everyone was freaking out about, still isn't plus-sized. She wears a size 14/16, the average size for women. And she was featured in an advertisement, for which Sports Illustrated was paid!
On the right, Robin Lawley in the editorial section of the same Sports Illustrated issue.
These words are just adjectives.
Too many people have been harmed in the quest to be "skinny," to be what society views as ideal. But let me tell you a little secret that more people should know: society is fucked up. Big time.
You don't have to be emaciated to be beautiful. If you're overweight, I'm sure you're beautiful, too.
But another issue with our society is that we value beauty far too much. There are so many campaigns directed towards women and girls to make them feel "beautiful." Why not target women and girls to make them feel smart, or accomplished, or successful? I like these adjectives better.
Next time you go to compliment someone, instead of automatically reach for words such as "pretty" or "skinny", go for intelligent, driven, confident, clever, or funny.