Beyoncé’s latest Ivy Park swimwear line has been criticised for body diversity; or rather the lack of body diversity.
According to the press release, The Flex Park swimwear capsule, which is gonna launch in July, is made to celebrate “the empowered spirit of confident self-expression and individuality – positively and boldly,”
However, a promotional photo of the line, which features celebrities like the plus size model Tabria Majors, beauty influencer Kristen Noel Crawley, and the actor Quincy Brown; all modelling the neon orange range of bikinis, swim shorts and bathing suits, has folks asking why there is no size inclusivity for everybody.
“Where is the variation in the male body shapes? Always masculine and muscled ones? … Boring.” While a user chimed in asking: “What about guys with normal bodies?”
Somebody else under the post commented (on the Women’s Wear Daily Instagram), “Where are the plus-size male models at? It’s about time too.”
In October last year, Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty lingerie line featured Steven G, a plus-size male model and photos of him went viral on the internet. He criticised the media’s portrayal of male body shapes: “The message society sends to the plus size community is ultimately to diminish your confidence until you are a decent size and then you can showcase yourself, and that’s not OK.”
Personally, I cant believe that this (much like a LOT of social issues) is still a thing in 2021.