Plus Size Model Running Featured On ‘Women’s Running’ Magazine, Erica Schenk Hopes To Inspire Others

A plus size model running is featured on next month’s Women’s Running magazine cover, breaking the mold of magazines just showcasing the skinny athletes.

The magazine promotes women being in top physical condition, so when they decided to feature plus size model Erica Schenk, people were somewhat shocked. This is the first time that a fitness magazine of such popularity has decided to feature women of all shapes and sizes.

“Our decision to put Erica on the cover was an easy one,” Jessie Sebor, the Editor-In-Chief of Women’s Running told the Huffington Post.

She added: “We realized: ‘Wow, we think we’re the only running magazine or women’s fitness magazine for that matter to feature a woman with curves on the cover. That’s crazy!’ It shows how far the media world has to go in terms of inclusiveness and we’re excited to be a small part of that movement,” she said.

Despite the current stereotypes, Sebor said not all runners are skinny, and their magazine wants to show all runners no matter what their body size is.

“There’s a stereotype that all runners are skinny, and that’s just not the case,” Sebor told Today. “Runners come in all shapes and sizes. You can go any race finish line, from a 5K to a marathon, and see that. It was important for us to celebrate that.”

“I think that every woman goes to the magazine rack sometimes and feels like she can’t see herself in the cover images,” she continued.

“We wanted our readers to feel like they could see themselves in our cover.”

Schenk, 18, has been running for over 10 years, and was ecstatic when she was asked for her picture to appear on the cover of the magazine. The photo shoot took place in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, and was photographed by James Farrell, who Schenk told People Magazine made her feel very comfortable and relaxed.

The photo shoot was completely natural for Schenk, as she lives in New York City full time, and frequently takes runs through Central Park to “clear her head and think.”

“The photo shoot was fabulous,” Schenk told the magazine. “James Farrell made sure I was comfortable and relaxed. The whole crew really put the effort in and we got an amazing product.”

Erica, who signed with Wilhelmina when she 16-years-old, said she never expected her photos to sweep the Internet, but she hopes that she can inspire other curvy women to embrace their bodies.

“Our generation has taken leaps and bound towards less judgement and more acceptance. It makes me proud to see people responding positively to a curvy and proud woman who wants to lead a healthy lifestyle,” Schenk said.

The August issue of Women’s Running hit newsstands on Monday, July 21.

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