It’s no secret that fashion is one hell of a merciless industry. I mean, how many times have we heard how unrealistic body image standards and high expectations have pushed girls to the brink of insanity? And although the stigma around plus-size models is fading away, the steps are so tiny, it’s barely visible.

Luckily, more and more women are willing to take matters into their own hands and rewrite fashion industry rules altogether. One plus-size model, Denise Mercedes, is doing just that. The size 14 Dominican model has launched a TikTok challenge titled “Style Not Size” with her friend Maria Castellanos. The two friends of different body types are putting on the same outfits, sharing the snack-sized videos to 1.7M followers, and showing that beauty comes in all shapes and forms. Their videos have now been liked a whopping 30.6M times, proving that healthy and happy women rule the world!

More info: TikTok | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | DeniseMercedes.com

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Lekha Kosuri
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1 year ago

They both look gorgeous!

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago

Wow, that curvy girl looks smashing in that dress.

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SoozeeQ
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1 year ago

Why are people downvoting Debster? I think she meant to be complimentary to the curvier girl. She has a gorgeous figure.

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When Denise was 16 and a petite size 8, she started submitting her pictures to modeling agencies, but her height was too short for industry standards. She kept on posing for the camera as a side hobby until she turned 21 and had gone up to a size 14.

According to a statement on her website, Denise started putting outfits together and posting her cool photos on social media. She is an avid advocate of body positivity and runs a campaign #becauseitsmybody dedicated to women of all shapes and sizes. She now has collaborated with many fashion design brands and boutiques like Forever21, Target, and JCPenney.

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Debster
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1 year ago

Yazzzz! Slender gurl needs some shreds too. Love this pic!

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Sandra Simpson
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1 year ago

Awesome looking on both

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Maul!
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1 year ago

love the halter tops!!! is it crochet?

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There’s a huge gap between fashion industry standards and real-life women, who measure a size 16 around the waist on average in America. Moreover, plus-size girls represent 68% of fashion shoppers, according to Glamour, and yet a very small percentage of them actually work in the fashion industry.

Only in 2016, Ashley Graham became the first plus-size model on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition and paved the way for models with curves. But the model herself told CBS Sunday Morning that she doesn’t like the word “plus-size” because it’s “so divisive to women” and puts them into categories.

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Debster
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1 year ago

Actually gives so curves to slender gal. Cute!

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Sandra Simpson
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1 year ago

Adorable

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Sandra Simpson
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1 year ago

My favorite pic

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Many women find the representation of diverse body types in media more assuring. In fact, this study by Florida State University found that women tend to experience deeper body satisfaction and retain a memory of plus-size models better than that of the thinner ones. It also pointed out that exposure to “unrealistic-sized media models” has a negative effect on the consumer’s “mental and physical health, including experiencing lower body satisfaction.”

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athornedrose
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1 year ago

she's crushing so many crop tops, and i just don't have the confidence for it. gorgeous

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Debster
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1 year ago

Yes on curvy girl

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Donna Leske
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1 year ago

Perfect summer wear. And for haters, they are COVERED, no cleavage, no crack in the back, skirt long enough. Don't be jealous.

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Debster
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1 year ago

Gurls yezzzzz!!!

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Pam Olson
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1 year ago

This is my favorite - it is a pretty color and it looks great on both of them.

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LoPandas
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1 year ago

Ooooooh, I like this. I may need to go hunting for a bikini like this.

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Marcy Brown
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1 year ago

The curvy girl is rocking this outfit!

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Camilla Bancos
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1 year ago

I can’t get into the “bike shorts” trend

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Mimi
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1 year ago

It's a pasta-dress!

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your_lesbian_friend
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1 year ago

i love those jeans!!

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Ola Polowczyk
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1 year ago

For a moment I thought it had pockets. I'm so disappointed lol

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AMYAH MINOTT-STARLING
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1 year ago

i'm going to get jealous they look super cute

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Sandra Simpson
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1 year ago

I love this pic!!!!!

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sJm
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1 year ago

This is the first one where I think the outfit suits the slimmer girl better. Else the bigger girl wears everything else heaps better.

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Donna Leske
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1 year ago

Looks darling on both.

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Debster
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1 year ago

Cute for summer party

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KittyComics
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1 year ago

they doin tiktok dances

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Sandra Simpson
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1 year ago

Personally, I think that this outfit suits slim girl better. No offense to curvy girl.

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Wendy
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1 year ago

Curvy Girl nailed that look ♥

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Eliza_Schuyler_Hamilton
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1 year ago

They are both so pretty!

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Catlady6000
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1 year ago

The don't look good on either girl, too baggy and too tight

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Gin
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1 year ago (edited)

Sorry, but the buttons shouldn't be tearing apart. It's a beautiful dress, just get a size larger.

Yaz Cam
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1 year ago

It’s FashionNova, sizes there are very unpredictable 🤷‍♀️

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athornedrose
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1 year ago

ugh button gaps are the bane of my existence. hate them.

Celtic Pirate Queen
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1 year ago

Those gaping button holes absolutely ruin the look. As a busty girl myself I learned early in life to sew the placket closed on anything that had to cover my boobs. In this case, I think she needs a larger size.

Marcia Ferris
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1 year ago

Button up dresses always look cute, until I put it on. Curves pull at the button holes. Even going up a size or two doesn't help me.

Donna Leske
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1 year ago

Curvy lady, wear it open from the waist down with filmy lacy skirt underneath.

darcy sargent
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1 year ago

agree on the button thing.....

Melanie Crawford
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1 year ago

Yeah, the dress is too small but big girl looks better in almost everything in my opinion. But I think curvy is beautiful.

Gail Swearngin
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1 year ago

Oh yeah this one gives me anxiety over the strained buttons on the curvy girl. They look like one sneeze away from blowing apart. Definitely needs to go a size up.

CincyReds
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1 year ago

Curvy girl has sever gaposis with the buttons

Amie Dawson Parnaby
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1 year ago

Looking at how this dress fits across bust and hips, this is down to the cut of the dress. It's perfectly ample across the bust, but this cut too narrow at the hips. Comparatively, the slender lady is probably a similar measurement at bust and hips, whereas curvy lady has a significantly larger hip measurement that at the bust. The material of the dress will also impact the fit. If you look at her face in the images she is obviously not "rocking it" she knows. The whole point of this is that it is the "style" of the clothing, not the size of the person, that makes an impression

Pebblesmax
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1 year ago

Hot mamas

Laurentiu
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1 year ago

Disadvantage right ... buttons in danger

Rã. R. Field
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1 year ago

Pulling never looks good > it’s always better to go up a size for slight altering ( if needed), than to buy what is considered ones general size, for General sizes don’t really exist... AND NEVER one size fits all!

Cindy Reed
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1 year ago

Agree with Gin

Adriana_Slayz
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1 year ago

I don't like this outfit honestly. The buttons mess it up :(

Tallulah Benton
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1 year ago

This is an acceptable comment because you apologized.

Ruth Kilpatrick
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1 year ago

They shouldn't have included this one. It doesn't do the curvy girl justice.

Heather Boardman
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1 year ago

Nope the curvy girls is way too big for this outfit

Debster
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1 year ago

Only buttons are the problem...otherwise hot!

Nothanks L. Walk
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1 year ago

Okay this one is getting hilarious. LOOK at those buttons on the cow! I've seen BRIDGE components put under less stress!

Naomi Stephenson
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1 year ago

So the only reason your looking through this is to see which one you can get your baby dick hard to. I suggest porn hub or any where else if your going to be such a cock muncher judging twat. That is what i would write if I was a bully like you Nothank L. Walk

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Tallulah Benton
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1 year ago

Hehe I’m the comment police

Benjamin F. Rodriguez
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1 year ago

Everyone ALWAYS looks good. It’s the person that looks at it that says if it’s bad or good

Андрей Лошаденко
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1 year ago

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Yes! https://allena555.tumblr.com

Inga Viviane
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Ok, this curvy girl shows, that being curvy, well, sorry obese, is nice if you are twenty and your bodyfat is still tight. Her dress is too tight, but ok, we've all been there, and you needn't be fat to have a too tight dress on. But my, i worry about her when shes gonna be thirty, forty, fifty and her dress size goes up as well. Being young and healthy is a privilege, it doesn't stay that way. Health is good luck and being consistent in your effort, but seeing this girl as young and obese as she now is, i really do hope she will not be as affected from her weight as it seems to be the case, if she isn' t so lucky. Right know, having tight young flesh and a nice curvy body shape is well, but being a bigger size is a health risk and you shouldn't only see it on an surface beauty level. Beauty is nice and all, but your health should always be a priority. Body positivity is dangerous, if you think that being bigger is only a Beauty problem. Fudge beauty. A metabolic syndrom doesn't care about beauty. Breathing restrictions dont care about beauty. Loving yourself is good, but love yourself better by staying healthy. Ok, so murder me:)

JOY JACKSON
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1 year ago

You don't know if she has a condition where she can't lose weight or something so these kinds of statements are honestly rude and you can't just assume things like that.

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Donna Leske
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1 year ago

That top is ugly, even on these two pretty girls.

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Sue Knerl
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1 year ago

I absolutely hate the torn pants. I prefer to wear out my own.

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