Size 14 models pose for a quirky shoot with designer who’s dressed Miley Cyrus in a bid to prove plus size models CAN wear high fashion – ‘regardless of height or size’

Two plus-size models have starred in a high fashion shoot in a bid to prove that bigger girls can pull off bright colours and bold prints.

Tia Duffy and Christina Schmidth, both a UK size 14 (US 10), teamed up with designer Hayley Elsaesser – who has dressed the likes of Miley Cyrus – for the striking images which were shot in downtown Toronto, Canada.

The pair can be seen flaunting their curves in a series of bold, eye-catching cuts and colours that show off their voluptuous figures to perfection.

Explaining her inspiration behind the shoot, which she coordinated herself, Irish model Tia told Femail: ‘[Christina and I] are both a UK size 14 (US 10) but we are sometimes considered the in-between size where clients don’t consider us plus size or straight size.

Breaking boundaries: Tia Duffy (left) and Christina Schmidth, both a size 14 (US 10), have teamed up with Canadian designer Hayley Elsaesser - who has dressed the likes of Miley Cyrus - for the striking images which were shot in downtown Toronto

Breaking boundaries: Tia Duffy (left) and Christina Schmidth, both a size 14 (US 10), have teamed up with Canadian designer Hayley Elsaesser – who has dressed the likes of Miley Cyrus – for the striking images which were shot in downtown Toronto

The two plus-size stunners decided to star in the high fashion shoot in a bid to prove that bigger girls can wear bright colours and clashing prints - and Tia (left) said they had a great response from the general public

The two plus-size stunners decided to star in the high fashion shoot in a bid to prove that bigger girls can wear bright colours and clashing prints – and Tia (left) said they had a great response from the general public

‘We came together in this shoot to show that we can pull off a high fashion editorial regardless of height or size.

‘For many years Christina worried about her height in the industry but she is one of Canada’s busiest models and has modelled for brands like Reebok and Sears.

‘Another issue we wanted to raise was curvier women wearing bright colours and print. I don’t usually wear big bright clothes and especially prints because I’ve always felt that they wouldn’t look good on my body. After this shoot that changed completely.’

Tia added: ‘The public in general loved our looks and we want to encourage women to wear what ever they want.’

Plus-size and proud: In the shoot, the pair can be seen flaunting their curves in a series of bold, eye-catching cuts and colours that show off their voluptuous figures to perfection

Plus-size and proud: In the shoot, the pair can be seen flaunting their curves in a series of bold, eye-catching cuts and colours that show off their voluptuous figures to perfection

Explaining her inspiration behind the shoot, which she coordinated herself, Tia told Femail: '[Christina and I] are both a UK size 14 but we are sometimes considered the in-between size where clients don't consider us plus size or straight size'

Explaining her inspiration behind the shoot, which she coordinated herself, Tia told Femail: ‘[Christina and I] are both a UK size 14 but we are sometimes considered the in-between size where clients don’t consider us plus size or straight size’

Tia (left) told Femail: 'We came together in this shoot to show that we can pull off a high fashion editorial regardless of height or size'

Tia explained: 'For many years Christina (pictured) worried about her height in the industry but she is one of Canada's busiest models and has modelled for brands like Reebok and Sears'

Tia (left) told Femail: ‘We came together in this shoot to show that we can pull off a high fashion editorial regardless of height or size. For many years Christina worried about her height in the industry but she is one of Canada’s busiest models and has modelled for brands like Reebok and Sears’

Brave Tia revealed: 'I don't usually wear big bright clothes and especially prints because I've always felt that they wouldn't look good on my body. After this shoot that changed completely'

Brave Tia revealed: ‘I don’t usually wear big bright clothes and especially prints because I’ve always felt that they wouldn’t look good on my body. After this shoot that changed completely’

Tia, 28, from Dublin, has walked the runway for designers including Lesley Hampton and recently launched the #BeBodyAware campaign in a bid to boost diversity in the fashion industry.

She recently spoke to Femail about the pressure to look a certain way as a model, saying: ‘[It’s been] horrifying at times to see myself in an image with a different nose or a smaller waist.

‘It is important for me as a model to have an organisation like Be Body Aware. We challenge designers and photographers to challenge themselves and in doing so everyone wins.

Tia said of the shoot: 'The public in general loved our looks and we want to encourage women to wear what ever they want'. She recently spoke to Femail about the pressure to look a certain way as a model, saying: '[It's been] horrifying at times to see myself in an image with a different nose or a smaller waist'

Tia said of the shoot: ‘The public in general loved our looks and we want to encourage women to wear what ever they want’. She recently spoke to Femail about the pressure to look a certain way as a model, saying: ‘[It’s been] horrifying at times to see myself in an image with a different nose or a smaller waist’

Rising star: Tia, 28, from Dublin (left, with Christina), has walked the runway for designers including Lesley Hampton and recently launched the #BeBodyAware campaign in a bid to boost diversity in the fashion industry

Rising star: Tia, 28, from Dublin (left, with Christina), has walked the runway for designers including Lesley Hampton and recently launched the #BeBodyAware campaign in a bid to boost diversity in the fashion industry

Christina's co-star Tia said: 'It is important for me as a model to have an organisation like Be Body Aware. We challenge designers and photographers to challenge themselves and in doing so everyone wins'

Christina’s co-star Tia said: ‘It is important for me as a model to have an organisation like Be Body Aware. We challenge designers and photographers to challenge themselves and in doing so everyone wins’

‘At Be Body Aware we are trying to encourage designers and photographers to come on board everyday.

She added: ‘It’s our job at Be Body Aware to work between finding that balance and still making sure the images are as honest as possible yet they are still works of art and the photographer doesn’t feel chained.

‘In doing so it encourages high fashion photographers to become involved and designers also. I think it’s a more realistic way of pushing diversity forward.

‘Most photographers think it’s unfair to try push completely untouched images as it’s a part of their art. That is something I’m only understanding recently.’

SHOPDEALMAN

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s