These 10 Gorgeous Photos Feature Models Of All Sizes (NSFW)

Photographed by Victoria Janashvili.
Victoria Janashvili is a real-life body-positivity superhero: Her day job consists of photographing what she calls “Victoria’s Secret-type women” for men’s magazines, whereas she says her side/dream job is photographing “all sizes of women,” sans retouching. Her work in its entirety is a celebration of every single body. Today, the 26-year-old's debut book, Curves, is released — a true realization of that not-so-side-anymore dream job.

“[Curves] happened because a lot of my images with plus size models got a lot of coverage — they got shared, and people put very different slogans with them, like 'Curvier girls are better than skinny girls,' 'This isn’t healthy,' or 'This is obese,'" she reveals. Eventually, Janashvili wanted to take back the narrative around her photography by producing her own book.

After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, Janashvili was able to quickly put together a collection that felt like it was serving a specific (and relatable) purpose: to give people the pictures (and stories) that she herself needed to see and hear as a self-conscious teenager.

In the book’s forward, Janashvili wisely directs readers to stop stressing out over comparisons to others and simply adjust their view: “Finding a way to accept the perfection of the shape given to us doesn’t make us more beautiful...but it makes us recognize our beauty — because it’s always been there. It’s only a matter of perception.”

Click through to view a selection of empowering photos and corresponding model excerpts from Curves.

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Photographed by Victoria Janashvili.
Diandra Forest

“I am a black girl in a white body. Literally. This is what I thought to myself throughout my teens.

"I have albinism, which is an inherited gene that causes a lack of pigment in the hair, skin and eyes. So just imagine a pale-skinned, skinny tall girl with green eyes walking around her 'hood in the Bronx claiming to be African American. It was like a joke to people. Of course I was taunted with the typical names — like ‘Powder,’ ‘Casper’ — and was made to feel like I didn’t belong. But at a certain point, I just stopped caring about other people’s thoughts on how I look as a person and focused more on the kind of person I wanted to be.

"This attitude really changed things for me. I opened myself up more, socially. I became super active in sports. When I was approached with the opportunity to become a model, I knew it was my time to show the world a different type of beauty. I knew that my career would be the perfect platform to encourage other young girls with albinism, or anyone who is going through body issues, to be proud of [their] skin — because it is beautiful.”
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Photographed by Victoria Janashvili.
Jennifer Maitland

“There’s no such thing as perfect, but there is such a thing as perfectly flawed.”
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Photographed by Victoria Janashvili.
Jillian Mercado

“When I studied at Fashion Institute of Technology, I got the opportunity to attend New York Fashion Week, and it was an honor to work in the tents. I was surrounded by beauty. It wasn’t until I was in that world, in the real world of fashion, that I discovered that the industry has set standards on what beauty means. Which is why people are always shocked that I actually dared to be part of that world, knowing how they would think or react. That’s the funny part. I quickly learned that this had to be changed. Although I didn’t meet the standards they set, I had the opportunity to make my own rules, to change the game, to have people question their own way of thinking.

"There was a time when I would not dare to wear shorts or even short dresses because of my legs being skinny. Even in the heat of the sun in the summertime, my legs were never shown. My sister told me that I am the only one keeping myself from not allowing my true self to show. It took me a while, but eventually I realized that it was true! From there forward, I allowed myself to wear those shorts and dresses, getting myself more comfortable in my own skin. I mean, look at me! I went from never daring...to wear dresses to being nude and loving each and every part of it.

"There was a time [when] I compared myself to people around me... I followed every trend and every style. Soon, I realized that I was living a lie, that I was embracing someone else’s idea of beauty rather than making my own. We must stop looking for guidance on ‘how to look beautiful,’ because we can all be our own compasses. We’ve had it all along; it’s in all of us.

"Nothing in life is easy, believe me. But having a positive attitude and not comparing yourself to others is a start! Look, we don’t enter into this beautiful earth with a manual or a step-by-step guide on how to feel beautiful, but that’s what is great about it; we have the chance to make our own journey. Every day is a learning process...all I know is that I have one amazing body and life that I was given. We are all put on this earth for a reason. Every single person is unique and different, and that in itself is beautiful.”
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Photographed by Victoria Janashvili.
Joby Bach

“Sometimes in life, you have to create your own opportunities. With tenacity and absolute faith our dreams can be fulfilled. Know that the most beautiful trend is feeling good about yourself, no matter your weight. Never forget that.”
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Photographed by Victoria Janashvili.
Frances Cordova

“We all have something special about us. That’s what I look for in everyone, regardless of what role they play in my life. I’m a social worker. I’m an athlete. I’m a coach. I’m a personal trainer... Yes, I’m a plus size model, but what I value the most overall is being able to connect with people genuinely and being blessed with the ability to help others. It feels amazing knowing I’ve made an impact on someone else’s life — not just because of how I look, but more importantly because of how I’ve made them feel. I honestly feel that helping others helps me. The feeling I receive from seeing someone smile, reaching a goal, or venturing beyond their comfort zone is what makes me feel most beautiful.”
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Photographed by Victoria Janashvili.
Katya Pushkina

“He came over to me, glanced at me. and snarked ‘Gosh, you are so fat, and look at your ugly legs!’ I weighed 48 kilos and my height was 177 cm. He was a world-famous designer, and I was just another model.

"The so-called 'glamorous' life of a model is, in reality, a life in hell — a mix of nonstop shoots, food deprivation, and constant weight checks.

"At one point, I just couldn’t take it anymore, and knew I had to change my attitude. Now, a mirror is my friend, and the scale is just a medical device. I learned to compliment myself on my looks, to treasure every centimeter of my body. My beauty started to shine even brighter when I allowed myself to eat nutritious and [healthful] food. My dear girls and women, ladies and future moms, please love yourself — wholeheartedly love yourself the way you are. Your shiny eyes and your confidence will impress men faster than your skinny body and dieting.

"These days, I weigh more than 48 kilos, yet I have way more covers and photo sessions — trust me, way more! Oh, and that designer, he made me a job offer recently. And guess what? I said no.”
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Photographed by Victoria Janashvili.
Kira Dikhtyar

“I have always been a hard-driving and dedicated perfectionist. These qualities helped me win many international competitions in rhythmic gymnastics and smoothed my path in fashion and modeling. The standards that models face in the industry make it difficult to live a normal life, enjoying the foods that we like and having a family. The biggest challenge I embraced, by far, was pregnancy.

"When I was pregnant, my boyfriend, afraid that I’d never regain my supermodel body again, left me. But I gave birth to a healthy baby and recovered quickly, even after having a C-section. My body is better now than it was before the baby. Since then, I’ve been featured on more than 30 covers across the globe, including men’s magazines and even Playboy worldwide. I’m about to do a mega-feature for Playboy — nude.

"I hope my example will inspire women who face these same issues while pregnant and when they give birth, no matter what their age. I had a baby, I got a great body, and I became an international cover girl! Yes, I still worry about my weight (people even say I’m too skinny) as well as my scar, but I have the gift of my son, and that helps me through all the struggles.”
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Photographed by Victoria Janashvili.
Maria Bulatkina (1)

“I believe that being beautiful is everyone’s personal decision.”
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Photographed by Victoria Janashvili.
Maria Bulatkina (2)

“And that the most important thing is to make that decision.”
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Photographed by Victoria Janashvili.
Rosa Pinto

“I was bullied in middle school. Girls and guys would call me fat and ugly, and tell me that I’m a nobody. The bullying continued in high school...so much that I gave up on my schoolwork and had to transfer to another school because of my credits. I didn’t want to go to school; I didn’t want to go out — I didn’t want to do anything with my life. I didn’t have any confidence when it came to my body or image. I believed that I was a loser and a nobody, just like those kids had told me. But one day, I looked in the mirror and said to myself, I’m beautiful. I shouldn’t care what people say about me! I started to go out more and dress the way I wanted. People still talked, but I didn’t pay attention. I’m 20 years old now. I like how I look and dress. I’ve never thought that I’d be thinking about myself like I do now. People shouldn’t talk about others like that. Even more important, I think that everyone should start saying good things about themselves and feeling better about who they are.”
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