Scrolling through H&M’s latest beachwear collection, modelled by Jennie Runk, it’s difficult not to wonder where the thigh gaps and flat stomachs are for a minute. However, that soon passes as you’re struck by just how beautiful Runk looks paddling around on a desert island. Smiling as she runs her hands through the sea, she looks the personification of summer holiday bliss.
|Runk in H&M+|
I find it slightly bizarre that we’ve been conditioned to think only skinny people can be beautiful. It’s not like we’ve even had a choice. The only models we are ever shown are devoid of any fat at all, so who are we to know that other body types can also be beautiful? And most shops sell clothes up to a size 16, usually, but these are only ever photographed on models that are a slim size 8 – or smaller.
|H&M's mainline swimwear|
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