Georgia Gibbs, one half of the minds and bodies behind Any BODY, is a model on a mission, aiming to alter the perception of the “perfect” female body via the ground-breaking #LoveAnyBODY campaign. This movement juxtaposes the two very different body types of Gibbs and best friend and fellow model Kate Wasley in an effort to promote acceptance and diversity. We spoke to the 21-year-old model, actress, and presenter about this endeavour and found out what the future holds in store for this inspiring pair.
The Chic Edit: How did the creation of Any BODY come about?
Georgia Gibbs: Any BODY came about through friendship: [Kate Wasley and I] always saw so many characteristics of each other that we loved and thats why we were friends. As for physical characteristics, it never phased us. When we realised it bothered some of the public we were shocked and therefore, Any BODY was created.
CE:. If Any BODY has only one message you’d like to get across, what would it be?
GG: Quit the comparisons: our aim is to encourage all women to not compare themselves to the woman next to them and to embrace being authentic, empowered, and confident!
CE: How have you dealt with the negative feedback and scrutiny that has come along with this otherwise positive endeavor?
GG: I always say in life, especially when you have a platform that’s open to the public, act like you are surrounded by imaginary trampolines that negativity just bounces off. If we listened and allowed it to affect us, we never would have created a positive movement. The messages we receive every day outweigh the negative 100 times over.
CE: Remarkably, your audience is almost entirely female: do you have any plans to get the male community involved in your message?
GG: Our aim, initially, was to focus on women, but obviously we all can directly relate to the pressures we feel daily. As the movement grows, we would love to have some guest speakers that are men to comment on how they are affected too. It’s definitely in the pipeline.
CE: You were a Miss Universe finalist and participated in Australia’s Next Top Model. As these are both very size-centric competitions, have you felt an added pressure to conform to body requirements that Kate Wasley has not?
GG: 100 percent. I would be lying if I said I’ve never felt the pressure to extreme diet, looked at getting “work done,” or scrutinised myself. It’s literally my job to look the “best” I can and to fit into a mould the industry asks me to. But, I always think to myself: would I ever tell anyone else I think they should change things about themselves? No. So, why do we tell ourselves?
I’m confident in myself, my brains, and my body and thats the message we want to spread. I often find people assume, because of my career choice, that I don’t have insecurities or I have no reason to be insecure. I want everyone to know that’s not true. We are all human and all we can do is be the best versions of ourselves.
CE: How does the plus size modeling industry compare to the industry in which you work?
GG: Kate regularly says to me, “I don’t know how you deal with the pressure to be small, athletic, thin, lean etc.” She has a lot of pressure too, but in a different way. I just always say that if they can’t accept me for me then im not meant to work with them.
CE: Have you struggled with body acceptance yourself? What advice would you give to a girl/woman struggling with body confidence?
GG: I definitely do. I get a lot of comments along the lines of, “How can you preach body confidence when you have no flaws?” I laugh in utter disbelief at that assumption. If anything, I think the industry I work in makes me more aware of insecurities I may have previously picked at.
I feel that assumptions and constant comparisons between women are the key to many people’s body unhappiness. Social media is HUGELY responsible for that. Every person seems to have the “perfect” body and to be living this amazing lifestyle which you scroll through at work or on the subway. Any BODY wants to bring some REAL LIFE back to social media, encourage everyone to stop looking, assuming, and comparing, and embrace yourself as a perfectly unique individual—because social media isn’t real life!
CE: What has been the best/most rewarding part of your Any Body experience so far?
GG: “Skype for Schools”. I skyped a school in Chicago and chatted to the girls about my work and Any BODY and it was so rewarding because I remember being in their shoes. I was at school, confused about who I was, and being told I wasn’t good enough by my current agency: “You’re the wrong shape, not the wrong size.” It ruined my self confidence. So, being able to lift a few of the girls was amazing.
Also, we have received genuinely hundreds of DM’s from women, girls, and men telling us their personal stories. I don’t think there’s anything more humbling and inspiring than that.
CE: You’ve already amassed an incredible amount of followers and have even gotten the attention of a Kardashian. What does the future hold for Any BODY?
GG: We feel so blessed to have the response we have had. We have an exciting collaboration for Fashion Week coming up and a little surprise coming soon, too. Most importantly, we are continuing to push the “Love ANY BODY” movement around the world and encouraging women to embrace their best selves.
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