You can’t change if you were born into white privilege but you can change what you do with. And plus-size model Barbie Ferreira is choosing to use hers for good.
Barbie, who’s become known for her body positive activism, is hosting her own show on Vice called How to Behave in which she’ll spotlight a cross-section of people around the country. Topics will include asking for a raise, nudist colonies, beauty expectations and more. She told Mic,
“I wanted to take this show in a direction where we explore feminist issues and intersectional feminist issues, and people of all identities and walks of life tell us about them. It’s not just me as a white woman with privilege as a model, but I get to have a personal journey and let these people tell their own stories.”
Using your platform to showcase others? We have a feeling Demi Lovato would approve.
Barbie has always made it her mission to bring diversity and intersectionality to the fashion industry and only takes jobs with brands she can stand behind. Her most recent gig? Adidas!
“I keep an eye on people who don’t only cater to white, cis, tall, thin people. It’s like, why is it just one certain person who shows us clothing when we all wear clothing?”
Couldn’t agree more! Other brands Barbie has worked for include Outdoor Voices and Lane Bryant, both of which have made a point of featuring a variety of faces.
And even though many big brands still refuse to dress plus-size women, Barbie has hope that we’re going in the right direction. She told Teen Vogue,
“My generation is going through a crisis right now. Our government is chaos, the social climate is grim, and the planet is hurting. But we’re the ones who have to fix it. I have no doubt in my mind that the new generation has a sense of unity and sensitivity that previous generations lacked. We are strong and we are visionaries beyond just money.”
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.