Plus-sized models really are making inroads in the industry in terms of acceptance! Erica Jean Schenk has become the first plus-sized model to cover Women’s Running magazine. She looks great on the cover, doesn’t she?
Here’s Women’s Running magazine’s Instagram post announcing their latest cover:
Erica herself didn’t know she would get the cover when she did the photo shoot.
I had no idea I was going to be on the cover! I was told afterwards [after her photo shoot] that I would be on the cover. I was initially stunned. I thought it would be a big deal but it turned out to be a MUCH bigger deal than I thought it would be! “I love how the image shows a thick-thighed woman who is proud of her body. I’m not wearing loose-fitting clothes, to say the least. At first it made me a bit uncomfortable but then I had to realize I can’t help other women accept who they are without doing the same for myself.”
Erica is signed with Wilhelmina Models, so we’ll be seeing more of her! She had more to say about covering Women’s Running.
I’m over the moon that all these people see me and can relate. I hope I make an impact in women’s body acceptance. I”ve [sic] had so much positive feedback. I can feel the masses begging for more. They want to be able to relate to the struggles, success, and celebration of people just like them. “Many companies are making money off women’s insecurities. With diets, workouts, pills, surgeries, and everything else we forget to love ourselves and our so called flaws. Real change takes generations. I am so proud that I am here not only to witness but to help with the effort towards body acceptance.”
In terms of her workout routine, she likes to mix it up.
I’m originally from California. My favorite workouts are barefoot running on the beach, swimming, or sand volleyball. I also love to hike. Whenever I would visit my Aunt Kristy we would always take these glorious hikes in Malibu Canyon.”
She also talked about running with Women’s Running magazine. Why does she like to run?
It allows me to clear my head and think.
Erica was asked about the stereotype that a “runner’s body” had to be a “super skinny.”
Some women believe that since they have curves they can’t run or shouldn’t run. Running is for every body anytime.
Hear, hear! The new issue of Women’s Running will hit the newsstands next Tuesday, July 21, where you can see more of Erica’s photo shoot and read her complete interview. As for Erica, her next “job” isn’t a modeling one: she’s getting ready to return to Pepperdine University for fall classes. She’s more than just a pretty face: go Erica!
Photo Courtesy of Women’s Running