The body positive movement is one we see often on Instagram, and we love that so many people are actively trying to challenge beauty norms.
Sophie Turner is one Instagram model in particular who has spoken out about the ridiculous standards women put themselves through to meet false expectations of what they should look like. Recently, she was featured across the web for one of her pictures where she spoke up about not being afraid to show cellulite in her pictures.
We were lucky enough to get the chance to chat with Sophie about not only her own thoughts on the body positive movement, but about which brands she thinks are currently doing a good job moving it forward as well.
Check out our full interview with Sophie Turner below!
1. Do you think that social media has had a more harmful or uplifting effect on body positivity?
I think social media has a more uplifting effect on body positivity as we are entitled to follow who we want and what interests us. My followers are people who can relate to me so when I do get harmful or upsetting comments, it’s something I can look past, and [I can] delete them or block them- the good outweighs the negative.
2. How has social media helped you to celebrate body positivity?
Social media got me involved in body positivity. I’d seen a few pages and loved the realness of it. I wanted to be involved and be comfortable in my own skin as well as help others.
3. What first made you want to get into modeling? Was it always something that interested you?
Modeling always interested me, but I took it seriously when I turned 21 and came to NYC to work on my portfolio! I always ask for no photoshop on my images as I don’t want people seeing something that isn’t me. I want them to see the truth!
4. What would you say is the biggest misconception about you based off of only knowing you via Instagram?
A lot of people assume I’m so confident, which I am within my body, but I’m a very quiet and reserved person and I can be really shy.
5. What is your opinion on the term ‘plus size’? Many models have spoken out about wanting to do away with the term, do you agree with this or no?
Yes [because] I don’t agree with the term plus size as it singles us out. We don’t have skinny size or normal size, so who determines what is plus size?
6. What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you?
To chase after my dream and focus on what I want to do. Doing modeling, I’ve really stepped out of my comfort zone. Like I said, I’m a shy person and being the center of attention is something that took getting used to, but I’m doing this for myself. It’s something I love and I don’t care anymore about mean things people say. Life at a desk isn’t for me.
7. Do you think that Instagram models are this generations version of photoshopped magazine models? Similarly, do you think that social media has made magazines more obsolete?
Yes, Instagram is a huge platform and everyone wants to grow their page. There’s millions of photoshop apps at our fingertips and many girls admit to editing their pictures. Magazines are becoming a thing of the past with everything online.
8. What is your favorite and least favorite thing about the body positive movement?
My favorite thing is [that] I’ve met amazing people who uplift me and share an interest in something amazing, which is helping other people love themselves. My least favorite part about the bopo movement is the nasty comments saying [that] I’m promoting an unhealthy lifestyle, and people who don’t understand the good I’m trying to do. We really are trying to help younger girls, especially, grow up without worrying if they are [going to be] accepted in society.
9. Is there a particular brand who you think is doing an A+ job in regards to inclusivity for models?
Aerie (part of American eagle) is amazing as they don’t let their images be photoshopped. Kmart has a new campaign for women of all sizes to shop any style at cheap prices and Boohoo has a campaign as well where they appreciate all girls no matter skin color or disability, which is so lovely to see!
10. What is your dream modeling job that you would love to get?
I would love to model and lead a campaign that’s all about the body positive movement, and also work with someone like Ashley Graham- maybe walking down the Addition Elle Runway?!