It’s no secret that fashion is one hell of a merciless industry. I mean, how many times have we heard how unrealistic 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 the 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 sizes 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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djinnjeannie
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Foxxy (The Original)
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Wow, that curvy girl looks smashing in that dress.

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Curvy and she's got non blinding white surface

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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 the images 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 brands and boutiques like Forever21, Target, and JCPenney.

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Janine B.
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1 year ago

Pretty!

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Maul!
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1 year ago

oooh beach ready!

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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 women 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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Maul!
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1 year ago

love the dresses, soo cute <3

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Debster
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1 year ago

Cute!!!

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Natalie Bohrteller
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1 year ago

Curvy model definitely wears the dresses better! But I liked the crop tops more on slender model.

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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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Yes on curvy girl

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Summer party where parents will be n

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Debster
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1 year ago

Gurls yezzzzz!!!

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Meh

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Hmmm

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Sandra Simpson
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1 year ago

awesome

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Debster
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I'm going to say no for both. Boring color. Blah.

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Slender girl looks awkward and curvy girl looks unimpressed

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Debster
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1 year ago

Cute

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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

Debster
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1 year ago

Very cute on both

Sue Sue
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1 year ago

Horrible dress on both.

Clare Amidei
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1 year ago

How did so many people upvote your rude answer? They want to wear it, so who are you to judge? Seriously, who are you? Why don't you take off your fake "Sue Sue" mask and reveal your insecure self? I think they look fine!

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darcy sargent
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1 year ago

i agree, ugly dress on either..... beautiful girlz, ugly dress.....lol

Suzie Gunn
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12 months ago

One reason this dress is not as flattering for either of them is the colour which would look far nicer on someone with freckles and strawberry blonde hair ( Spring toned to compliment someone with warmer skintone.) The curvy girl looks best in Winter toned outfits and the slender girl in Summer toned outfits. The previous two outfits before this are also Spring toned and not right for them.

Freya Rubeli
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1 year ago

Love that dress!

Sheryl Hartman
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1 year ago

Curvy

Julie Robinson
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1 year ago

Ooo honey that high thigh 😍

Adriana_Slayz
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11 months ago

curvy girl is slaying all these outfitssss

Ivy Chambers
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11 months ago

No it not I think it beautiful. And I hope you don't mean it horrible bc of their body Types

Pebblesmax
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11 months ago

Red carpet wear

Magical dolphin
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11 months ago

I am JEALOUS!

Laurentiu
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11 months ago

I don't know what to say ... the right looks better in this outfit

Rã. R. Field
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11 months ago

Quite nice indeed.. again some selected Neck bling, though not much as feet can’t be seen, a very good wedge type shoe with a pop of a ‘not expected colour ‘, though no electric colours; something like a splash of teal on a mixed design wedge..Example.

Cindy Reed
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11 months ago

skinny girl gets my vote on this one

TomiSmith
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11 months ago

Cute in overdrive!!

1337
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11 months ago

That dress looks amazing on the right one

I'm.in.wonderland
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12 months ago

I personally dont love the dress, but they both look amazing in it!

Tallulah Benton
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1 year ago

WHOA SUE SUE BACK IT UP THAT IS NOT VERY NICE. PERSONALLY I REALLY THINK IT LOOKS GREAT

Pam Olson
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1 year ago

I don’t know why the one comment I posted about this dress is appearing many times. I only posted it one time.

Linda HS
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1 year ago

Agree

Андрей Лошаденко
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12 months ago

Yes! https://allena555.tumblr.com

Felicia Dale
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1 year ago

Oh, no- not flattering to either of them. The cut and the color are both just wrong.

Benjamin F. Rodriguez
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1 year ago

Y’all need to get you emotions strait, yea I’m talking to you, “Sue Sue, Angela, Angel” you need to shut up these girls can wear what ever the hell they want. In fact they look cute.

1337
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11 months ago

But still that's is about fashion.. people are allowed to like and dislike fashion.

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Natalia Lewis
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1 year ago

Awful colour. I doubt it'd suit anyone at all

kAiTLyN
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1 year ago

this dress is so ugly even though they are so gorgeous :(

Maggie Dougherty
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1 year ago (edited)

The dark haired girl, is bored as hell. This dress is not suitable for either girl! It looks like mocha color for coffee, not dress material.

Maggie Dougherty
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12 months ago

Truth hurt, much?

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Mumof1
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1 year ago

Another hideous dress that looks awful on both of them.

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That is one unattractive dress.

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Look like you work for a zoo or park service.

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Janine B.
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Cute on both!

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If you are going to an 80s party

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Debster
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Cute for summer party

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Debster
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Cute for summer days

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Debster
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Yessssss!!!

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Cute but nothing special

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Sandra Simpson
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Yes!

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Debster
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1 year ago

Ok hanging out for quarantine

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

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Meh

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Lilly Rose Poppy
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1 year ago

I want those a pants!

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