Body image isn’t only important for women, and these fine men are here to prove it.
In a recent interview with FEMAIL, plus-size models Brett Morse, Ben Whit and Raul Samuel spoke about their unique experiences in the modeling industry. All three are represented by the London-based agency BRIDGE, which exclusively focuses on the ‘curvy’ and ‘plus’ size sector.
For Raul, a 25 year-old London native, it’s important that the fashion world reflects different body types for both men and women:
“I started looking more into the industry and noticed that most of the fashion for men suited only one particular body type. My aim was to help people with different shapes and sizes feel confident in their bodies and their clothes.”
Raul also spoke about embracing his own size, revealing that he often struggles to locate apparel to compliment his figure.
“I struggle to find clothes for myself that fit and look good. This can really affect your confidence, make you feel like you are different from the average or from the norm, when it couldn’t be further from the case. It took me a long time to realise it was the industry that was not normal and not me.
Brett, a 26-year-old model from Cardiff, Wales, echoes these thoughts – revealing that striving for the ‘perfect body’ can have dire consequences.
“This is very dangerous and something I have fallen victim to at times in a negative way. Outside of modelling, I have been around some of the worlds’ greatest athletes who are in incredible shape, and worked for 2 years for a sports nutrition company…
Sometimes, I would think the perfect body image would be a tall, dark guy with ripped abs, and big arms and chest. But at the end of the day, the perfect body for you is your body.”
For 25-year-old model Ben, insecurities experienced by men frequently remain taboo in our society. Because of this, males often keep body image struggles to themselves, worrying that they will be seen as less manly among their peers:
“Men are still worried about what other men will think about them, and think that it isn’t “manly” to talk about things like this. I believe this will go on for many years until someone just embraces it and make men realise it is okay to talk about it. At the end of the day we need to learn to love the body we are in.”
The Guildford, Surrey resident also touched on the media’s role in projecting these unrealistic images, urging men to avoid measuring themselves up to the prototype we often see in popular culture and magazines.
“I see it a lot as a personal trainer, young men who are 18 or 20 looking at pictures on magazines and saying “I want to look that way” because that is what they say you have to look like. But why? Why should a magazine tell you what you look like? I believe once you love yourself your options are endless.”