Plus-size model Jennie Runk (Ford NY) recently landed a big booking - a beachwear campaign for retail giant H&M. It's not too often that relatively minor campaign news gets so much attention from the international media, but in this case, Runk's facebook fan page gained about 2,000 new likes in 24 hours.
In response to the publicity spike, Runk took to the BBC to "use the attention as an opportunity to make the world a little nicer by promoting confidence."
Straight-sized models often get condemned in such articles, but Ms. Runk ended her op-ed by extending her solidarity to women of all sizes,
There are also negative connotations associated with thinness. Just as bigger women get called fat or chunky, thin women get called gangly or bony. There's no need to glamorise one body type and slam another. We need to stop this absurd hatred towards bodies for being different sizes. It doesn't help anyone and it's getting old.
Jennie Runk is a model at Ford New York. Read her article in full at BBC News Magazine.