Denise Mercedes Celebrates Plus Size Bodies With #BecauseItsMyBody Campaign
Plus Size model and blogger Denise Mercedes started the #BecauseItsMyBody tag on Instagram, which invites people to share photos celebrating their physical forms, and posts those photos on her @BecauseItsMyBody account. The call was answered by plus size models, bloggers and others, they took to Instagram to share their messages of body love both to themselves and others in need of inspiration.
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"People who repeatedly attack your confidence and self-esteem are quite aware of your potential even if you aren't" To those who tried to bring me down I appreciate the break down for the come up in my life. I'm just getting started and I have a long way to go so stay tuned! S/o to the most amazing photographer ever and amazing friend!!! @bonton_photo because of you I was able to do this and you're amazing!! #ItAllStartsWithSelf #Forever21plus # plussize #plussizefashion #plussizemodel #plussizefashionista #plussizeislife #loveyourselfgirl #forever21 #keepyournegativity #fupa #fupapoppin #charlotte #charlottemodel #body #NewYork #CelebrateMySize #CurvyGirlFever #ashleytruemodelcontest #becauseitsmybody #body4me #PlusModelMag #blackgirlmagic #bigfine
“To those who tried to bring me down,” said Instagram user @rasta__baby in a #becauseitsmybody-tagged post, “I appreciate the break down for the come up in my life. I’m just getting started and I have a long way to go, so stay tuned!”
Seeing the success of the campaign on Instagram, Mercedes decided to launch a Because It’s My Bodys ite with a collaborative, body-embracing photo campaign.
“The women that I chose for this campaign are models, activists, and friends,” said Mercedes. “I liked that we all had different body shapes and heights.”
“This is the first photo shoot of many that I have coming for my campaign,” she told BuzzFeed. “I plan to get creative and use different people who would like to join in and support it.”
See photos from the campaign shoot below: