Mollie Hawkins
Updated Feb 19, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

The fashion industry has been earning our applause lately for including more diverse models in their campaigns, and generally acknowledging the fact that we’re all tired of uniform beauty standards. While progress is slowly being made (hallelujah!), there’s still a lot of work to be done—particularly when it comes to the runway.

Fashion designers still seem to have narrow standards when it comes to the models they choose to put on the catwalk, rarely allowing women bigger than a size 0 to model their clothing. So editors Charles Manning and Tara Rice ran an article in Cosmo yesterday that asked the question, what if runway models were the size of average American women? They used photo editing to show us what that would look like, and the results are—not surprisingly— stunning:

Manning and Rice show us that high fashion can be gorgeous on models of different shapes and sizes, musing that “many designers are reluctant to include women larger than a standard runway size 0 to 4. But why?” they ask, “does it really make that much of a difference? The clothes look gorgeous either way and besides, women of all sizes are beautiful.” Yeah, they are!

And they’re not the only ones that think so: New York Fashion Week made waves this year when several designers featured models of all different backgrounds, sizes, and abilities on their catwalks, proving that fashion looks awesome on all different types of people. We hope that this trend continues, and designers start diversifying the models they hire to strut their threads.

[Images via Cosmo]