Fashion that celebrates all body types — boldly and unapologetically | Becca McCharen-Tran


Translator: Ivana Korom
Reviewer: Krystian Aparta As fashion designers, our decisions have the power
to change our culture. We choose who is cast
in our runway shows and campaigns, and ultimately, who is celebrated
and considered beautiful, and who is not. Having this platform is a responsibility. One that can be utilized to exclude people or to empower others. Growing up, I was obsessed with fashion. I pored over all different types
of fashion magazines at my local Barnes and Noble. To be fashionable was to be tall,
skinny, with long, shiny hair. That’s what I saw as the ideal, and it was reinforced everywhere I looked. And to be honest, it still is. I wanted to be like the models,
so I stopped eating. It was a dark time in my life; my eating disorder consumed me. All I could think about
was counting every single calorie, and waking up early
before school every day so I could run a few miles. It took me years
to finally release the grip that the eating disorder had over my life. But when it did, it freed up so much brain space to think about what I was truly
passionate about. For so long, the fashion industry has worked hard
to set an ideal of beauty that celebrates thin,
young, white, cisgender, able-bodied models as the ideal. It’s impossible not to be bombarded with images of models
that have been photoshopped to where there’s not a single pore, fat roll or stretch mark in sight. You don’t need to look hard
to find examples. This definition of beauty is damaging,
dangerous and destructive, and we need to explode it immediately. (Applause) I’m glad you agree. (Laughter) One of the worst things
I’ve realized over the years is that my experience
with disordered eating is not an anomaly. In fact, it’s par for the course. I think there’s a study that says
91 percent of women, and likely those of all gender identities, are unhappy with the way they look. It’s unforgivable that we live in a society
where it’s normal or expected for teenagers to grow up
hating themselves. We’ve been fighting for fat acceptance
and women’s body autonomy since the ’60s. And there has been headway. We have plus-size models
like Ashley Graham and musicians with body-positive messages, like Lizzo, breaking into the mainstream. Thank God. (Laughter) There’s brands like Area that have released campaigns
without any Photoshop retouching. But we’re still inundated
with unrealistic expectations. I love this quote by Lizzo, who said, “Body positivity only exists
because body negativity is the norm.” So how do we change the stigma
around looking different or not fitting into this narrow
definition of beauty? I believe it’s by celebrating beauty
in all different forms, bold and unapologetically. But many fashion designers
continue to reinforce this narrow definition of beauty. From the way they are taught in school and into the real world, they drape on mannequins
that are only size four, or sketch on bodies
that are super stretched out and not anatomically proportioned. Different-size bodies
aren’t taken into account during the design process. They’re not thought of. So who are these designers designing for? But the conversation
around exclusivity in fashion doesn’t begin and end with size. It’s about seeing people
of all different gender expressions, different ability levels, different ages, different races and ethnicities, celebrated for their own unique beauty. In my own work as a fashion designer, I started a brand called Chromat, and we’re committed to empowering
women, femmes and nonbinary #ChromatBABES, of all shapes and sizes, through perfectly fit garments
for every body. Swimwear has become a huge focus for me, because of the power
that this single garment can have over the way people feel about themselves. We wanted to take our focus
on celebrating all body types to a garment that’s fraught
with insecurity. On our runways, you see curves,
cellulite and scars worn proudly. We’re a runway show, yes, but we’re also a celebration. I didn’t start designing 10 years ago with the mission to change
the entire industry. But the models we cast at the time, who just happened to be my friends
who had begged to be in my shows, were so radical to some people, and, unfortunately,
still are different or strange to some, that it became a huge part
of what we’re known for. However, inclusivity means nothing
if it’s only surface level. Behind the scenes, from the photographer,
to the casting director, to the interns, who is making the decisions
behind the scenes is just as important. It’s imperative to include
diverse decision-makers in the process, and it’s always better
to collaborate with different communities, rather than trying to speak for them. And this is an important
piece of the puzzle that many young designers
may not think about when they’re first starting their careers, but hiring a plus-size
or a transgender photographer, or a woman of color
as your casting director, or a black makeup artist —
hey, Fatima Thomas — who intimately understands
how important it is to be able to work with all skin tones: it’s essential to creating
a holistically inclusive output, like this one. As a fashion designers
that do a lot of swim, we wanted to rewrite the rules
around having a bikini body. So we cast a team of babe guards to enforce guidelines around inclusion
and acceptance at the pool. Instead of “no diving” and “no running,” how about “celebrate cellulite,” “body policing prohibited,” and “intolerance not tolerated.” And this was enforced by babe guards
Mama Cax, Denise Bidot, Geena Rocero, Ericka Hart and Emme, all activists in their own right. I’ve always felt it was important
to show a range of different bodies in our runway shows and campaigns. But it actually wasn’t until recently that we were able to expand
our size range in a major way. We first launched our curve collection five years ago; we were so excited. But when it launched, it fell flat. Nobody was interested. None of our department stores
stocked above a size large, and if they did, it was somewhere else
in the building entirely. In fact, one time our sales team said, “You know, it’s so cool
you have trans models and curve models on the runway — I love what you’re doing. But when the buyers come in
to see the collection for market, they want to be sold a dream, they want to see something
that they aspire to be.” Implying that our models weren’t that. But I’ve realized
it’s so much more important to open up this dream to more people. I want the consumer to know that it’s not your body
that needs to change — it’s the clothes. (Applause) There needs to be more fashion options
at all sizes and in all retailers. So finally, in 2018, Nordstrom actually
placed an order up to 3X. And this was a huge game changer for us to have a major retailer invest
in adding these units, so we could go to the factory — now we go up to 4X,
which is about a size 32. Having that investment helped us to change and realign
our entire design process. We now have different-sized bodies
to sketch and drape on in the studio. And if more fashion schools
taught these skills, more designers would have the ability
to design for all bodies. (Applause) So as fashion designers,
it’s our job to utilize our platform to explode this narrow
and restrictive definition of beauty. My goal is that one day, teenagers growing up don’t feel
the same pressure that I did to conform. And I hope that our work contributes
to the fashion industry’s opening up to celebrate many different identities. Thank you. (Applause and cheers)

100 thoughts on “Fashion that celebrates all body types — boldly and unapologetically | Becca McCharen-Tran

  1. Women are demonstrating this decade that they are capable of far more incompetence then men. WhY NoT hAVe UgLy PeOplE iN ThE BeUTy pAEgEaNt? What a quandry, clam.

  2. being hedonistic whether its someone who smokes too much, drinks too much, or eats too much is not something that should be looked at as beautiful. In regards to body deformities, yes it is very unfortunate but no one looks better deformed. Not everyone could be a model, and this is coming from a pretty ugly dude. I myself do not think I should model but I accept it.

  3. Fashion designers are not deciding who is considered attractive and who is not. Completely a false statement. Also beauty doesnt have anything to do with power, so enpowerment through fashion is a pointless sentence.

  4. So we should celebrate depression and poor life choices? Drop all the identity crap, its damaging, dangerous and destructive.

  5. The reason why Barbie’s proportions were so exaggerated was because the fabric was so thick scaled down that if she was built with the normal proportions it would look baggy and bunched up.

  6. Dumb woman's only care about how their looks while the upper floor is empty with zero brain cells . . . . Fat looking woman are not meant to catwalk lose your weight first because woman with lean and fit body are meant to present themselves on fashion shows .
    Why some woman are always stuck on how they look just leave it and appreciate what you are and if not then start doing workout and lose weight . I don't know why but i hate this ted clip today 😠😠😠 theres more to than looks

  7. California stopping people from living on the sidewalk, injections, pooping, peeing etc its poor'ism!!
    Meanwhile they start having insane outbreaks..
    Like we forget why these systems were built in the first place..
    I dunno.. like how humanity almost went extinct over it..?
    Prob the same people arguing about "Climate Change" WITH science all day…
    Propping Fat up has been so idiotic.
    Also im LGBT and the whole hetro is a choice… holl[email protected]#!…
    Or being cics, or being a MOTHER hurts womens rights…?
    What bothers me the most is these people are not doing anything good.. One day there will be push back because of going to far..

    And I cry inside..because there will be casualties of people who really needed the support..
    Look at how long Trans people had to wait..
    Imo the oppressed are becoming the oppressors.. WE should fucking know better and that makes me sick to my stomach.

  8. Absolutely NOT! It's not the clothes that need to change. We all need to loose weight if we reach obesity, The clothes are fine!

  9. Please ignore the comments. Just be healthy, be any size you want to be, and don't listen to toxic people. No one is physiologically the same, so there should be no shame. 😊

  10. Promote health.
    Promote health for each body type.
    As an adult that doesn't mean eat loads of unnecessary calories and do nothing all day.
    If you want to be more toned, move more and eat less.

    I love myself so I go to the gym. I am a lanky 6.3 dude. I will never look like the rock but I can increase my fitness and become more toned. That is healthy.
    Much more healthy than eating whatever, and crying online about how nobody accepts my weight.

  11. Inside we ofc all know these women are ugly af, even if we pretend and try to be polite. So you just want more polite lies?

  12. Being fat isn't attractive. Unnecessary fat isn't healthy.
    Unhealthy people are less of a suitable mate to produce the best possible outcome than a fit and healthy person.
    Therefore a far person is less attractive.

  13. Ted talks inspired me to start my own business and step out of my comfort zone. Now I started my YouTube channel and I'm on my way to become a millionaire. I started this channel because of Ted talks and to document my journey and my progress. I would love some support/feedback so please hit subscribe and check it out! Peace

  14. I can't believe that feminists actually bought into the marketing agenda of the industry. The only reason why the industry started having "plus size" models is so that they can sell more once they realized that obesity rate is getting higher. Do you know why "plus size" MALE model is not a thing? Because guys don't BUY! They are basically saying "hey! It's ok to not exercise as much! You still look beautiful! Buy our clothes!"

  15. If you are fat you need to get fit because guess what, it’s not healthy! Stop telling people it’s okay to be not healthy.

  16. Fashion lol, the asshats that started the whole 'better be 45 kgs and 178 cms as a woman, else you are not pretty'-phenomenon telling the general public what should be considered good looking?. What's next, a priest telling others not to molest altar boys? How about we stop attributing our entire self-worth and esteem based on our appearance? How about we start being pro-health and advocate better life choices instead of buying bigger clothes and ignoring our largest health-problem in the Western world: the average citizen is getting fatter by the decade.

  17. لا اعلم من سيقرأ تعليقلي ولكن ؟!

    الله يفرج همك يسعدك ويوفقك في حياتك فقط لو عملت لايك واشتراك.

  18. I think curves are sexy. Bring on those sexy curves. I'm not all 700# woman is hot. That is not healthy. I love me some good curves, though. Art is recognized as things that are beautiful or inspiring and outside the norm. Allow your body to be art

  19. There is only one body type “healthy”
    Being fat is not a body type. It’s a health decision. This girl looks like she’s going to start yelling “no trump no kkk no fascist USA” lmaooo

  20. The logic of a leftist is exemplified by the existence of these two imperatives… being fat and proud and not exploiting the planet's resources… in the same ideology.

  21. If anyone here thinks she's talking about obesity being okay, then you're most probably thin, and thus, can't understand what they are trying to achieve.
    Keep it up TED!

  22. This madness really won't age well, it just can't ever make sense to promote unhealthy standards and no amount of guilt tripping, emotional arguments, healthy-people-shaming will change the minds of people who've actually analysed these issues

  23. "Boldly and unapologetically" killing through "fat acceptance," which should be called "unnecessary disease acceptance and promotion."

  24. Obesity isn’t fashion topic 👆🏻
    Obesity is the result of negligence, laziness and lack of self care.
    Don’t come trying to convince me is acceptable because isn’t 👆🏻
    If you are fat is just because you don’t care or love yourself.
    In particular coming from a woman 🙈 is depressing. People like you will take human kind to extinction 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

  25. I believe that there is a generalized beauty in which the majority of the world will find attractive (e.g. physically fit looking people, symmetrical faces, etc.) Another example, if you show a healthy red rose to a million people, I'm confident that the majority of them would say the rose is beautiful. If you were to show another rose that's starting to wilt, parts of the petals are torn and also missing some, it would be voted as less or unattractive. These businesses are trying to market to everyone, not just the select few that find that 'hidden' beauty only they can see.

    While we shouldn't shame people on their physical appearance, there's obviously proper ways to do accomplish goals. So it all sounds like personal issues. If you see a skinny model and want to do look similar, why starve yourself when you know you should be hitting the gym and eating healthier foods at a caloric deficit? If children are the concern, it's up to the adults to educate them early about the world of photoshop. Just like everything, you have the mainstream and then you have the niche areas.

  26. Actually while I'm sure that there is some truth to the idea that the fashion industry has some say in deciding what's beautiful and influencing society to some degree, I think the majority of the influence comes evolutionary biology and psychology and I don't like how the speaker seems to downplay that basic fact. Though you are right when you say that the pictures of models are all doctored and fake and nobody looks like that and models starve themselves to be skinny.

  27. 600 dislikes 300 likes so far hahaha… wtf has happened to Ted… It used to be about spreading good ideas….
    Next thing u know and they'll start advocating for sick people feeling good about their bad health…
    You have cancer? So what you should feel good about you self don't let those cancer free people hurt your feelings… And you health image…

  28. stop trying to celebrate and normalize obese people, being that overweight is objectively not good for you, shortens your lifespan, causes a multitude of health problems etc. you're a cruel person for encouraging people to eat themselves to death.

  29. P R O M O T E H E A L T H

    The double standard in this whole accept all body types is that it still criticizes traditional thin models as “fake” or “not real” when in fact Lira of women DO look like that.

  30. When did we decide as a society that we would elevate and revere the most neurotic, most hypersensitive, weakest, most incapable, least independently minded, and simultaneously dimmest witted among us to the highest echelons of academia and sanctimonious chattering classes.

    Centering an entire lecture around reverence for morbid obesity and absurd sexualization and celebration of disability is what a society in decay and terminal degenerate decline looks like. It's what happens when the total feminization of previously innovative, dynamic, and productive parts of society is complete and objectives of true accomplishment, creativity and intelligence are replaced with worship of apotropaic delusions about "diversity", "inclusion", and "equity" (ie. The DIE religion) and the privileging of personal feelings and emotions over facts.

  31. This isn't an idea worth spreading. It's destructive at best. You're not helping any diseased person by telling them they should be glad to run straight to cancer.
    You fuking insane cultists. If you're so glad you're running your life into the ground then more power to you, just don't drag other cluless people down with you. Fuking evil and disgusting piece of s.
    Went to empower peoples? Tell them THE OPPOSITE. Tell them they don't have to be fat in the first place!! Photoshoped models should be your fuking ideal! It's fine if you're not 100% the same but being even 50% is enough and well within every women's power. And at least you don't need to fight against the height you were born with.
    Jesus.

  32. All very admirable but I can't help but think the expanded potential for sales may be the most important factor once again.
    The fashion industry in all its guises is responsible for vast amounts of waste. Go to any mall and count the number of clothing stores as a percentage of the total. So much energy, material and waste for items that will end up in a drawer or the dump after two wearings. The whole concept of fashion as entertainment needs to be addressed.

  33. The more she talks about how beautiful cellulite is and fat acceptance, the more I feel sorry for her because she is clearly very insecure about her body. Lots of happy people look just like her and have better things to worry about.

  34. Really sorry you folks, but when I subbed a few months ago, I thought this channel was about science and "stuff". You know, topics that will make one learn something new. Not a fashion channel, with some actually worthwhile content thrown in every three months or so. Goodbye.

  35. Personally, I’m middle aged with adult children. I am no longer the willowy young woman who disappeared when I turned sideways. When I’m shopping for clothes, I don’t care how it looks on the young me; I want to see how it’s going to look on my current body.

    And I appreciate clothes that do show off the lumps and curves that aren’t flattering, which means that I need clothes designed for my body shape.

    A few years ago, I went shopping for a bathing suit. I’m about 175, 145 would be my ideal weight now. So I’m toting some extra pounds but I am not fat. I couldn’t believe how many “Large” swim suits I couldn’t get over my hips! Thank goodness for Target – clothes for real people!

  36. How about not promoting unhealthy lifestyle,celulite is not a good thing,beer belly is not a good thing…should we start "Beer belly acceptance movement?

  37. Look, I agree with everyone in the comments that we shouldn’t be celebrating unhealthy lifestyles. But doesn’t anyone else even occasionally appreciate a thick curvy woman?

    I’m not talking obese, I’m talking a woman who’s chubby in all the right places and wears it well. A wise man once said, “I like big butts and I cannot lie.”

  38. it's crazy how much pushback there is against "maybe women that are people of color or disabled or just not like the typical magazine models should be in fashion, and maybe that would mean something"

  39. Celebration IS a Big word, don't you think there IS enough people like you shaming and despising unealthy body types that they know thanks to you they should be ashamed of themselves ? Being fat per exemple is very tiring, finding clothes, being despised in the street so its not some fashion that will be enough to balance that out and make them want to gain or lose weight. That sort or movement only want them to not be ashamed of themselves ans i think it's nice yeah it's unealthy but if you think you can be unealthy without having been bullied/despised/make fun of since young I don't know how Can you be more delusionnal. Even then it's their problem and they are very aware of of anyway, i mean the unealthyness. You maybe juste want to shame them into depression or even worse but you know depression is a reason they are like they are. So its just want to them being able to go out without being afraid but even then it's not acceptable for you. And them not going out and depressing IS only worsening that stuff. I'm tired so much shaming already that helps no one but you think it's the solution. When people are trying to let them being less depressed or afraid of going out it's like unacceptable. Anyway don't worry unleathy people are afraid of going out and people despise them enough in the street for them to want to die. Some will do it i Guess it's good for you. If unealthy people were happy they would not be like they are. And no you can't be depressed and motivated, it kills motivation so its not like shaming them for their good or something. Maybe it works on some people but it's rare and anyway very unealthy to making big effort only to change the perception of others, mentally. Maybe you are like yeah i didn't ever Say anything to unleathy people even if i highly doubt it you just have to look how some people looks them it's enough to communicate a lot of thing you know. Sorry I'm not a native speaker btw. I Always hate that sort of videos I feel like people there people can finally lash out how much they hate fat people in groups because not like every one else they never dared to openly mock them or maybe even in real life it's not enough so that they use those videos the worst thing IS they Always use same arguments like it will teach them it's unealthy because obviously they were unaware of that, not like there are already doctors, and every one go to the doctor they don't to have to have your hate of unealthy people brushed against their face hidden by som facts that everybody knows. Finally if you think that being fat per exemple is easy to live with, even before being judged by people or how much nice "advices" particularly skinny people receive on how they should be ashamed of their body and take weight like it's your problem or something and not their. Anyway I Always felt that people don't Care about their health it's just ugly to see i guess so they hate it and look how to shame them with points. I personally don't tell people how they should live but be more tolerant to things you don't like and do not concern you, life is easy for no one and I don't see where is the fun in making people depressed and feel miserable maybe I didn't read the memo. You don't imagine how much hate I see through your messages it's so obvious what do you all really think.

  40. Nice talk. Im onboard with everything except “celebrating cellulite”. No need to hide it but celebrating it seems wrong. Love yourself and care for yourself…

  41. And of course, it's always a gender fluid blue haired 5/10 lesbian with a voice of a Jewish guy from SNL who presents this.
    Gotta work this time!
    Unsubbed.

  42. TED 2019, far have we come.
    I wish You would still discern gibberish from real, scientific topics and would confine the gibberish-part to TEDx – it wasn't that bad a way to keep the x-less TED legit.

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