If you’ve googled Renaissance art before, then you’ve probably come across dozens of bosomed and full-figured beauties. Case in point? The Birth of Venus by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli. The Renaissance period was all about beauty and authenticity. So it should come as no surprise that people are looking for ways to put the spotlight on curvy bodies again.
Just like this art exhibition dedicated to plus-size models that opened in The Big Apple.
NYC Art Exhibition Dedicated to Plus-Size Models Draws Attention
An art project in New York City is dedicating their entire exhibit to plus-size models with an aim to celebrate their beauty and individuality. Models Dianne Sirokai and Loralyee were immortalized through the artwork of Ukranian artist Angelina Demchenko.
There has been a huge shift in the fashion world in recent times. Plus-size women are now appearing in high street campaigns and fashion magazines like Vogue, Elle, and InStyle. The likes of Ashley Graham and Iskra Lawrence have also become household names thanks to these campaigns.
But it isn’t just mainstream fashion models that are taking the world by storm. Last year, curve model Diana Sirokai recreated a nude Gigi Hadid campaign and posted the photos on Instagram. The stunning photos, which were captured by NYC-based photographer Karizza, quickly went viral. It propelled Sirokai to online fame by increasing her follower count to 500,000.
Given her beauty and confidence, it should come as no surprise that Karizza approached Sirokai on the idea of teaming up again for the New York art project dedicated to plus-size models. The exhibition will mark as the beginning of High Fashion Plus, a blog for plus-size women.
“As a photographer who dedicates my work to the plus size community I decided to create this unique art concept in a collaboration with Ukrainian artist Angelina Demchenko,” says Karizza.
“I want people to stop thinking about plus size girls [only in terms of] their size and show their individual character and wishes,” Karizza adds. “Each artwork is full of symbols, which relate to the model in it.”
According to the High Fashion Plus website, the blog will focus on “the development of fashion for the plus size segment, which in our opinion is overlooked by high fashion, which makes it difficult for girls plus size to find really high-quality clothes.”
Also serving as muse for the opening event is plus-size model and blogger Loralyee. Demchenko created a stunning life-size piece featuring Loralyee as Snow White.
The exhibit had become a huge success since its debut. Karizza is aiming for a more widespread expansion in the future. “We got so many messages about it so we are inspired to turn it into a huge thing! I guess our time has come!”