Recently women from all around the world have been standing up for their own rights from battling the prices of the ‘pink’ tax (women’s razors and clothes being higher than males even though they are the same product) to women proudly showing pictures of themselves breastfeeding.
In today’s society women have not only fought for what they think is right but both male and females have also changed the way we see models. The slow changes in the fashion industry has made a breakthrough moment for not only the fashion companies themselves but for young men and women everywhere. The industry has introduced models who are plus size, have skin discolouration, transgender and have disabilities allowing those who wish to pursue a career in modelling not be discrimited by. The fashion world may be catching up to the 21stcentury a little later than we wanted but at least it’s happening. But does everyone agree with the changes?
US networks ABC and CBS have recently refused to air an advertisement from Lane Bryant on the grounds of indecency. Due to nudity being such a normal thing to advertise whether it’s in magazines or online that when it came to understanding indecency in the ad the first thing I think of is maybe it’s something to do with rape or a type of assault. But when I actually watched the short ad all it contained was plus size models in underwear telling their own stories of beauty and power, which I found the women showing confidence with their sizes and a glimpse of a women breastfeeding. So what is the problem?
Have the networks turned their backs and want to show that they don’t support plus size models or is it because breastfeeding still seems to be a problem? After being refused the fashion label took to Twitter to air their ad which of course was followed by thousands of comments of support.
In a statement sent to Huffpost, Lane Bryant says, ‘…It is a true celebration of women of all sizes doing what makes THEM feel beautiful whether it’s breastfeeding their newborn, flaunting their bodies the way they see fit, breaking down barriers all around and simply being who they are or want to be!’
Why try to shut down such a beautiful and empowering ad when this is the sort of thing young girls and boys need to see to inspire them and let them be who they want them to be.
Click here to see the ad and tell me what you think.