You've probably heard about the two best friends turned fashion influencers, Denise Mercedes and Maria Castellanos, who have been turning heads on NYC streets. Not so long ago, we wrote about their TikTok challenge “Style Not Size” where the two BFFs of very different body types have been dressing up in matching outfits.

Their snack-sized videos took social media by storm, and the size 14 model Denise has grown her Instagram audience to a whopping 1 million followers. "She inspired me and I gained confidence in myself, and it then became about inspiring others around us, too,” said the petite size 2 Maria about her friend.

This time, they’re back with some new jaw-dropping outfits that prove it’s not size, but style that really matters. And we’re talking crop tops, high-waisted jeans, body-con dresses, swimsuits, and whatever it is that makes you feel beautiful!

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

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1 month ago

They look so pretty!!

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Your Local Lizard
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1 month ago

Ah my favourite kind of city picture!

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Your Local Lizard
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1 month ago

Where did you get these unique dresses? :0

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Bored Panda reached out to Denise Mercedes to find out more about their viral “Style not Size” movement. Denise, who made herself into a captivating influencer with 1 million followers, said it all started back in early 2019 when “my friend Maria and I would pose for photos wearing the same bikini."

It did so well and people reacted so positively to it that we continued doing it here and there.”Their follower count started growing, and when the pair shared their very first video on TikTok, it got more than 1.5 million views. “Once TikTok had become popular, we decided to do a fun video and that’s when it went viral,” the style influencer said.

They then realized it was time to come up with a hashtag of some sort and start an actual body positive movement, since so many women found their videos so inspiring. They let their Instagram followers vote between #ThroughThickAndThin and #StyleNotSize, and the second option won.

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Nymphadora Tonks
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1 month ago

They both look amazing 😀

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Fanice Angatia
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1 month ago

I love green.

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Tabitha L
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1 month ago

The blonde hair looks great with her skin tone.

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Denise said that their key message is “to dress however you please and to love your body.” Also, she added that it’s time “to stop comparing yourself to others.” Feeling confident in your own skin is what makes everyone shine from within.

She also stated that “the fact that we can inspire so many women to feel confident and be themselves makes us want to continue this movement.” The pair is over the moon to get so much positivity from people on social media.

And lastly, Denise shared her perfect autumn outfit for curvy women, which is basically some high rise mom jeans, boots, a shirt and a leather jacket. “That’s always my go-to,” she added.

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Jennifer Gould
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1 month ago

You both look so good and comfy!

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1 month ago

Those dresses are so cool!

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1 month ago

They both look great but definitely need a camisole slip under the dress.

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Eepe
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1 month ago

Why do i want that dress?

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Lisa loves cats
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1 month ago

the dresses look great on both of them!

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Lucy Duquette
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1 month ago

ooh love those dresses!

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Blue of the yams (They/He)
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1 month ago

Oh yes, that is beauty right there! Reminds me of a scene from The Prince And The Dressmaker.

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Nymphadora Tonks
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1 month ago (edited)

Oooh they both look great :) Everybody looks good in a cute black dress :)

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1 month ago

eeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhh I don't really like this dress in general...it seems cheap and it's all wrinkly on both girls

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Miraculous Klutz
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1 month ago

They both look amazing! Where can I get these outfits?

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lillia_love
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1 month ago

I want those pants, right now.

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Catlady6000
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1 month ago

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Meh

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Tabitha L
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1 month ago

I love the pants with the belt/tie. Really cute.

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True Blue
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1 month ago

Those dresses are beautiful

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Edwige Go
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1 month ago

J'adore !

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Ann McNeil
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1 month ago

Now, THIS is cute- I like this on both girls.

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1 month ago

Love the colour

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Christine Packard Didier
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1 month ago

These photos give me hope that I can look good in anything I want to wear.

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Chocoholic
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1 month ago

Interesting color... Not in a bad way though!

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Levity Camilleri
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1 month ago

This dress looks AMAZING on both of them. (first to comment as well, squeeeee!!!!!!!)

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Aurelia LaFollett
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1 month ago

wow, both so beautiful!!

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Anisa Kalloe
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1 month ago (edited)

Aww that's cute. You go girlllssss!

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Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
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1 month ago

They are definitely both gorgeous people. And the girl with blond hair hair in this picture has pretty tattoos. Just not really a fan of the dress.

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RitaGG
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1 month ago

Love this color combo. :-)

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TheOfficialAshfoot
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1 month ago

It looks great but why is the shirt like that on the back, it makes it look kinda odd (imo)

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StealTheFruit
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1 month ago

Don't like the dresses, love the smiles. :D

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Clare Chapman
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1 month ago

I think on nearly all the above pictures, the curvy girl looks better in the outfits 😊

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