With female voices ringing a little louder in a new era of women’s empowerment, there are some who have never shied away from standing up for what they believe in. Some who have spent their entire careers campaigning for more acceptance, and reshaping how beauty is perceived and what that looks like today. Especially when that shape typically only comes in one size… Sample.
Enter Candice Huffine. At just 32 years of age, the American-born model already has more than 17 years of experience under her belt. She also has her own activewear clothing line, Day/Won, and she is founder of Project Start, an initiative which encourages women to begin running. A self-proclaimed “encourager of being yourself”, Candice, who at a healthy UK size 16 (the average clothing size of women in the US and UK today), is still something of an anomaly when it comes to the catwalks and ad campaigns of luxury fashion houses.
Hand-picked by the late great editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani, for the magazine’s June 2011 ‘Style Has No Size’ cover, Candice — photographed by Steven Meisel — was propelled into fashion’s spotlight and is largely credited with waking up an industry whose idea of beauty had gotten a little stuck in its ways. Since then she’s gone on to appear on the covers of W Magazine, i-D and ELLE, to name just a few. She has taken on the role as spokesperson for ‘size inclusivity’ alongside peers such as Ashley Graham and a new wave of models who are using their platforms to showcase a more real and reflective beauty today. And as more major fashion brands begin to acknowledge the fact that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, this year marked another milestone for the 5ft11 model as she walked the runways of Prabal Gurung, Tome and Christian Siriano, championing diversity one well-heeled step at a time.