Candice Huffine became one of the foremost ambassadors for body inclusivity before the term even existed. In 2000, aged 15, she was signed as a plus-size model at a time where fashion opportunities were at best limited for women over a size 14, at worst they were given the leftover scraps – plus size categories were just a few secondary, undercooked and uninspiring stands, often shoved in the corner of a store.
“I remember shopping in a New York department store and the plus size section was a few racks that sat next to the mattresses,” says Huffine. “At the time I thought, maybe it was down to the phrasing ‘plus size’ – that it was causing a problematic divide which made brands think, ‘this woman is so different and so her shopping experience should be different.’ There was no life, no music, no nothing.”
Today, Huffine has no issue