This Irish plus-size model was just featured in Vogue
Irish model Tia Duffy has received the Vogue seal of approval.
Dublin native Tia features in the Italian edition of the fashion bible, speaking about her Be Body Aware campaign, which celebrates diversity in the fashion industry.
Tia (28) said that the idea for Be Body Aware came to her after spending years working in education and in the fashion industry.
"I was told I was too big by casting directors and sometimes I was too small. If I was facing these issues in the fashion industry as a model I knew something needed to change," she said.
I can't really find the words to say when a project I've poured my life into is published on Vogue Magazine with my exclusive most personal interview to date . The only thing I can say is never give up on your dreams and beliefs. From a teenager I could only of dreamed of being in Vogue Magazine but to have an exclusive interview about a project I've directed and founded from scratch was just nothing I would have imagined. Dreams really do come true. Thank you Vogue Italia for coming on board the Be Body Aware Project really looking forward to future endeavours with you 😍. Happy to be bringing Canadian fashion the light it deserves 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦oh and Irish 🍀 fashion 😘#vogue #voguemagazine #listenupteens #thewindofchange #ishere #blessed🙏 #diversity #imagery #runway #research #bebodyaware LINK IN BIO
"I noticed a niche for a project that brought education, psychology, diversity and fashion together."
Tia, who now lives in Canada, said that her parents are her main source of inspiration, while setbacks in her career encouraged her to work harder.
"Rejection has a funny way of working on me. Initially rejection breaks me down but when I get back up I am ironically stronger than I was ever before.
"All of the people in the industry and life in general who told me I wasn’t enough inspired me to create Be Body Aware to show everyone that they are enough. You are never anyone else definition of you."
Be Body Aware has built a following of 30,000 since it was launched in January 2016, and has even received support from Kim Kardashian and Ashton Kutcher.
Tia said that the growing pressure from social media to look a certain way inspired her to make a difference.
"I noticed a growing trend of young teenagers looking up to Instagram accounts of bloggers and models looking flawless. This isn’t reality and the majority of the time photoshop apps are used to enhance features and shrink body sizes.
"This is why I became a fashion director for Be Body Aware. I want to direct shoots and challenge photographers, agents, stylists, models and designers through shoots. It’s not enough to talk about diversity it needs to be demonstrated and thats why I am directing each of the shoots."