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Plus-size model Zach Miko: 'Men want to see normal-looking guys modelling their clothes' Zach Miko is 6ft 6in, has a 40in waist, and is the first plus-size male model signed to a major agency, IMG, which looks after models including Lara Stone, Freja Beha and Gigi Hadid.

Plus-size model Zach Miko: 'Men want to see normal-looking guys modelling their clothes'

Having modelled for Target, one of the US’s biggest retailers, and soon to be modelling for Yours, one of the UK’s biggest plus-size fashion retailers, the 26-year-old’s signing comes at an interesting time in “plus-size” male modelling. Despite the demand, there are currently no plus-size male models on the books of a major agency in the UK. In Germany, there are three agencies dedicated to plus-size male models, but their remit rarely stretches outside Germany (Miko hails from Connecticut). In menswear, plus-size refers to XL and up (higher than a 42in chest), but can stretch to anyone very tall and well built.

For reference, the Guardian uses male models with a 32in waist. You’ve been signed to IMG as its first plus-size or “brawn” male model. There are very few [plus-sized male models] in the US. Why? A model uses her success to underscore some important points about image and privilege. It'd be difficult to find a single one of us who hasn't been influenced by advertising and images.

A model uses her success to underscore some important points about image and privilege.

It's so subtle that a lot of us could probably even tell ourselves we haven't been influenced because it's like the air we breathe — it's around us constantly and we don't even think about it that much. Case in point — I bet you can finish this slogan without even Googling it: "Choosy moms choose ______. " If you don't know the brand, I'd bet you're an outlier. We're constantly absorbing data and impressions from imagery and ads whether we know it or not, and companies pay big money in the race to be the first to push their impressions into our faces. They certainly aren't paying that kind of cash for something if it isn't effective.

Let model Cameron Russell break it down because she nails it. She's had success as a model for about a decade, and she took to the TED stage to share some unique insight from her journey. Here are three great aha moments she brings to the audience. 1. 2. 3. The "Perfect" Body. Body image - Family Lives. Teenagers are frequently presented with unrealistic ideals of male and female body types, as models and celebrities fill the screens and pages of the media.

Body image - Family Lives

These images can lead to expectations and worries around body image, as teens focus on how they feel they should look. Some teens may worry that they are over or underweight or, while others may aim for a toned or muscular appearance that may not come naturally. Parents have told us that they are becoming more aware of this issue and would like some guidance on how they can encourage their teenagers to have a healthy attitude towards body image. Why is body image important to teenagers? As teenagers go through hormonal changes and new experiences, their bodies naturally change and grow. Tips on promoting a healthy body image Being a teenager can be a turbulent time. Have a relaxed conversation with your teenager to find out their thoughts on body image and any insecurities they may have about themselves.

Body Image: Media vs Mind. A Guy's Guide to Body Image. Listen Al's friend Rachel invited him to go to the lake for the day with her family.

A Guy's Guide to Body Image

Rachel thought Al was fun to be around — plus he was cute. Rachel really hoped he'd say yes. Al turned Rachel down. He liked Rachel, too, but was self-conscious about taking off his T-shirt. The Truth About Guys Many people think of guys as being carefree when it comes to their appearance. You may hear a lot about being a tough guy, but how often do you hear that being a guy is tough? The good news is that self-image and body image can be changed.

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