Kate Wasley dedicates a lot of her time on Instagram to tackling issues about body image and inclusion. On Monday, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model did just that when she shared a photo of herself in a crop top and leggings that show off her curves. She used this post to announce a new campaign she is working on in conjunction with Dove, Getty Images, and Girl Gaze.
In the snapshot in question, the Australian beauty is rocking a blue-gray sports top with short sleeves, which she teams with a matching pair of leggings that sit slightly above her navel area. This exposes a bit of her midsection while hugging every curve of her body. The 25-year-old completes her casual, outdoorsy attire with a pair of silver Birkenstock-style sandals.
Wasley is leaning against a wooden rail as she poses on the sidewalk in front of a gorgeous beach. She is holding onto the rail with one hand, and uses the other to keep her hair away from her face. She is wearing her hair loose and swept to the side as the wind blows it about. Her body faces the camera as she smiles coyly, though her eyes are closed in a contemplative way.
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I did a post the other day that touched on one of the most common comments I get: ‘REAL women have curves’. Though meant as a compliment to me it’s really saying that if you don’t look like me then you’re…fake? A real woman is anyone who identifies as one no matter what they look like or what body shape they have. I’ve partnered with @dove, @gettyimages & @girlgaze to show that we are all worthy & all ‘real’ via their #ShowUs campaign. A campaign designed to break beauty stereotypes and showcase EVERYBODY’S raw, real beauty. It’s a bank of thousands of images of women from all countries for brands and advertisers to access immediately! #DovePartner
The post, which Wasley shared with her 344,000 Instagram followers, garnered more than 6,800 likes and over 40 comments within hours of having been posted. Fans of the body-positive model took to the comments section to thank her for her efforts to advance a conversation regarding body image, and to highlight the problematic relationship the modeling industry has with wider inclusivity.
“I can’t stand the body shape descriptions, never have. Always happy to be healthy above anything else. Why do we need to categorise [sic] it,” one user wrote.
“Love your words! It’s shouldn’t be ‘real women…..’ It should be ‘women are real,'” another admirer chimed in.
The swimsuit model often uses social media to address health issue and fat-shaming, using her own story as an example of how health comes in all shapes and sizes. As Fox News previously pointed out, Wasley shared how a comment from a teacher drove her to follow strict diets, something which restricted her daily caloric intake to just 800 calories.
“It’s a journey and it’s tough in today’s society where the ‘perfect’ body is stuffed down your throat,” she admitted, “[but] I’m much happier now that I’ve accepted my body. It was a hard thing to do,” she concluded in an Instagram post from January of this year.