One week after IMG announced it had signed Zach Miko, its first plus-sized male model, American Eagle Outfitters debuted a new commercial to promote Aerie, its line of intimate apparel. “There’s a thing called male beauty, it’s in the media, and guys want to achieve it, too,” says Kelvin Johnson, a black plus-sized model who appears in the commercial. Unlike the female body positivity movement who has Lindy West — the feminist author and activist whose unapologetic fat acceptance viral screeds like “My Wedding Was Perfect, and I Was Fat as Hell the Whole Time” — men who face many of the same issues as bigger women don’t have their own famous activist.
Read about why the body positive movement for men is lagging way behind here.
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