Danielle Brooks is not only an amazing actress- she is also an activist for body diversity in the media. Since becoming known for her role in Orange Is the New Black, she has been very vocal about labels not wanting to work with women who are not sample size.
“I haven’t been given an opportunity to wear these big-name designers, it has never been an option whether I had a stylist or didn’t. A lot of people won’t design for me, no matter how many SAG awards, Tony nominations, Grammy wins; it doesn’t matter.” Though the body positivity movement continues to be seen in advertisements and marketing, it seems as though real inclusion is taking a bit longer to become the norm. Danielle said, "I don’t know if fashion has made a wholehearted effort. It’s more like, ‘Oh this is a trend, let’s get on it.’ Then they bring in Ashley Graham, who is amazing, but isn’t the only plus-size model ever to exist. What about Marquita [Pring], Denise [Bidot], Philomena [Kwao], Tess Holliday? When I look at the ads I don’t see faces like mine, I see skinny white women.”
Danielle is working to help combat the lack of body diversity in the media and has recently worked with Universal Standard as a designer. She also continues to highlight designers who are promoting inclusivity, like Christian Siriano and Chromat's Becca McChren. She said of her first SAG awards, “I wore this dark blue dress by Christian Siriano and a girl recreated that entire look for her prom. I thought, "Yes! It matters." I want women in huge numbers to feel motivated and feel like they are beautiful, but even if it’s just one person, then my job is done.”
Source: Vogue | Photo by: Getty Images