Thank goodness we’re in the age of body acceptance! Whether you’re skinny, plus-sized, or somewhere in between, we can all agree that it feels good to no longer be ashamed of what we have! Playmate Riley Ticotin is helping women everywhere to set the new standard of sexy. After being selected for the January 2020 cover of Playboy, Riley revealed that she was initially “dropped” from an agency because she was not skinny enough. Well now it’s looking like Riley and Playboy are seeing eye to eye, and we love it!
It’s shocking to think that she wouldn’t be the first choice for every Playboy cover, ever. This Puerto Rican beauty, a native of Calabasas California, is helping to set a new standard of sexy. Her Playboy profile is powerful: “To me, equality means equal representation. In this industry, the conventions we see over and over give power to that little voice in your head that tells you you’re not enough: not thin enough, not blonde enough, not good enough. Regardless of ethnic background, size, height or style, you should never be told you don’t belong because you aren’t the right “fit.” Everyone belongs. Everyone fits.”
Ashley Graham is another iconic plus-sized model. Women like Graham and Ticotin are shaping the way we look at modeling, and are helping society to form a new and more positive view on the female body. Ashley even gave us a real look on a postpartum mom-body, “No one talks about the recovery and healing (yes even the messy parts) new moms go through. I wanted to show you guys that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies!” She’s received an outpouring of love from her fans for her transparency.
With the body positivity movement, there is bound to be an influx of more female models like Graham and Ticontin breaking out. Along with this though, there will be those who will not be jumping onboard. The ever-popular lingerie line, Victoria’s Secret is infamous for only seeking out the thinnest models in the industry, blatantly staying away from anyone even remotely plus sized. Genetically speaking, many of the Victoria’s secret models were blessed with what they were given, but there should be more plus-sized inclusion in the lingerie line.
Based on the images of Riley seen on her Playboy profile, it’s easy to see why the industry should be championing more plus-sized models. They help the public to understand the more realistic expectation of what the majority of women actually look like! It can also help to boost the companies marketing strategies by making them inclusive to all body types; skinny, in-between shapes, and plus-sized! For the Playboy franchise, this is a great leap forward, and will likely help to give the company a more positive facelift. Rock on Riley!