A few years ago, the A4Challenge gained traction in China. It involved women and girls holding a piece of printer paper in front of their bodies to prove their waists could fit behind it. Given a standard A4 is only 20cm wide, this challenge was encouraging young women to flirt heavily with eating disorders. However, while Chinese society still, by and large, insists women must be thin to be attractive, as a country it has more plus-size women than anywhere else in the world.
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Michelle Elman, a body confidence coach based in the U. The author of the memoir, "Am I Ugly," set out to change that, organizing a photo shoot where she posed alongside six other Asian women of different sizes and skin tones. Her goal: to break stereotypes of Asian women in the U. Elman teamed up with photographer Linda Blacker on the passion project and posted the photos on her Instagram account, scarrednotscared , where it immediately sparked a conversation on social media about the inclusion of Asian women in media, advertisements and fashion. Read on for Elman's essay on the inspiration behind the shoot and why she wants others to see that "plus-size Asian women exist.
A set of body-positive photos depicting Asian women dressed in stunning ball gowns has gone viral. Michelle Elman, an author and body-confidence coach, teamed up with photographer Linda Blacker to create photos that would show "a small sample of the diversity within Asia," according to Elman's Instagram page. The two shared the images on July 28, and have since received more than 34, likes collectively on Instagram. See the striking portraits below.