For decades, we’ve been discussing the lack of diversity when it comes to the fashion world from size to skin to color to age. At this point, it has become a very redundant conversation that is finally starting to see more call-to-action and a few changes along the way as a result. But there’s still a lot more work to be done as the issue is still very much rampant and blatant. Until now, we hope.
New York City-based journalist and documentary filmmaker Jenny McQuaile has taken the leap of faith to tackle those issues head on and make a lot of designers, agents, and influencers in the industry very uncomfortable. Straight/Curve is a documentary film that deeply investigates the lack of diversity in fashion. But what began solely as a look into the evolution of the plus-size modeling world, grew to include both the thick and thin of the industry, and most importantly its praise with youth and whiteness.
“Representation is important because every human being on the planet deserves to see themselves reflected and feel good about themselves,” McQuaile told Refinery 29 in a recent interview. “It is a really hard thing to wake up in the morning every single day and feel good about yourself, and it gets worse if it is compounded by the industry, and the media, and movies, and music. It just makes everything in life way harder, when that is entirely unnecessary. We should be celebrating women so that women can go out and do their jobs, and ace that job interview they are dying to land. We should empower women so they can shoot for the stars and not be terrified of what they look like. That is damaging to society as a whole.”
Straight/Curve comes out early 2017.