Saturday 10 December 2016

Plus-size Irish model Tia Duffy creates body confidence campaign in Canada

Published 14/01/2016 | 10:42

Tia Duffy in the #BeBodyAware campaign. Photographer: Billie Chiasson
Model: Tia Duffy and Stephanie Christian with Plutino Models
Hair and makeup: Shawnna Downing
Styling: Emma Beatrix with Plutino Group
Tia Duffy in the #BeBodyAware campaign. Photographer: Billie Chiasson Model: Tia Duffy and Stephanie Christian with Plutino Models Hair and makeup: Shawnna Downing Styling: Emma Beatrix with Plutino Group

Irish model Tia Duffy is hoping to ignite a global conversation about body image since landing a new body confidence campaign in Canada.

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The 25-year-old plus-size model from Dublin moved to Toronto in 2015, and she has been working for a "beauty without size" approach to the fashion industry.

"I feel like it's taken me a long time to get here, a lot of campaigning a lot of ups and downs but the bottom line Is did it," she said.

"I became an international model/ spokeswoman after entering beauty pageants 10 years ago and never fitting in. Now my goal is to get my talks on body image all over schools in the USA and Canada maybe a TED talk who knows but I'll keep going. Anything is possible."

Tia currently features in the #BeBodyAware campaign, shot by Tianxiao Zhang, which aims to create equality in the modelling world, recalling occasions where some photographers and stylists who refused to work with her for being plus-size.

"I remember turning up to shoots seven years ago and people would ask me, 'Are you the model?' It was very embarrassing to be honest," she told the Huffington Post.

"Be Body Aware hopes to bridge the gap between plus-size and straight-size models, and even encourage more models who feel lost because they are in-between sizes, like me."

She explained that she

"Be Body Aware is going to smash this stereotype and show the public that we can produce high fashion and editorial images, like mainstream straight models do. But, we will all do it together, which makes the campaign different to any other."

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