Accepting yourself and learning to love your body can take a long time.
There’s lots of pressure on women to match up to models on the catwalk, but we are seeing a more diverse range of bodies in the media now thanks to the body positive movement on Instagram and the rise of plus-sized models.
Body positivity was something model and photographer Silvana Denker struggled with while growing up.
The 33-year-old said it took her most of her life to come to terms with her figure.
Silvana said: “It took me many years to recognise I am more than a number on a scale or a size in my clothing.
“I lost weight, I gained weight, I felt bad even when I was slim.
“I had an eating disorder called binge eating.
“I hated myself. I lost myself and wished to be someone else.”
After being signed by a plus-size modelling agency in 2010, the German woman discovered a passion for photography and her latest project Metallic Curves encourages woman to feel good about their bodies even if they don’t fit the “high fashion norm”.
In the stunning photo series, curvy women posed completely starkers – except for being covered in gold or silver body paint.
Silvana wanted to make the models look like sculptures and convey the message that plus-size bodies are beautiful.
She said: “I hope people can see that there is not only the one perfect body, we are all different and that’s great.
“Curvy women look elegant, too, they can do acrobatic poses and look amazing.”
Silvana’s models felt like the shoot boosted their self-confidence and the project plays a part in shifting current body ideals.
Silvana Metro: “Stretch marks or cellulite, for example.
“It is something absolutely normal the nature gave us so we are able to get children.
“There’s no wrong way to have a body and we should stop advertising that one body (and person) is better than the other.”