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Celebrating diversity in fashion

Last night, Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone attended ‘Curves in Couture’ – a catwalk show celebrating diversity in fashion.

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She was there to promote the government’s Body Confidence campaign.

The event, organised by not-for-profit organisation, Models of Diversity, showcased clothing designed for all shapes and sizes.

Speaking at last night’s event, Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said: ‘The fashion industry is in a powerful position to really change attitudes and the way people relate to their bodies.

‘We are confronted every day by images that don’t reflect the diverse society we live in. These images set an impossible standard and this can have a negative impact on self esteem.

‘I launched the government’s Body Confidence campaign to challenge this culture of conformity. To widen the definition of beauty to include all ages, shapes, sizes and ethnicities.

‘With events like tonight’s, Models of Diversity are really leading the way, recognising that models should represent the beauty in women of all races, ages, shapes and sizes.’

Published 18 November 2011