Last month, Missguided was applauded for showing its swimwear models' stretch marks. Now, the fast-fashion retailer has gone one step further by launching a completely unretouched ad campaign — and it's taking over social media.
"Because f*ck perfection. It doesn't exist," the retailer's website reads. "We are making a pledge to never retouch our models' perfect 'imperfections' out." Titled #MakeYourMark, the spot stars nine trailblazing "babes of Missguided" — including models, body-positive activists, and bloggers — who were chosen to encourage women to "love themselves," embrace their "flaws," and reject what "the world perceived as perfection." Among the names enlisted to preach the message of inclusivity are model Emily Bador, model and body positivity activist Felicity Hayward, designer, artist, and model Jade Laurice, and Fatty Boom Tatty blogger Sam Rowswell.
"For the last two years with #SELFLOVEBRINGSBEAUTY I've been pushing the importance of SELF LOVE and understanding that FLAWS don't exist. Can't tell you how proud I am to be part of #MAKEYOURMARK with @Missguided," tweeted Hayward.
The ads are part of Missguided's larger campaign, Keep On Being You, which features a range of inspiring women, from model and social activist Munroe Bergdorf and plus-size advocate and LGBT activist Enam Asiama, to Baddie Winkle, the 89-year-old fashion and internet personality and all-around badass.
The overwhelmingly positive social media reaction to the latest campaign further strengthens the idea that we're tiring of airbrushed "perfection" and outdated beauty standards.
This past summer, ASOS was similarly applauded for showing its models' stretch marks on its site, with customers hailing the move "a step in the right direction." Our only question: Which big-name retailers will be next?