plus-size male models
plus-size male models

These Plus-Size Male Models Just Recreated a Calvin Klein Ad to Prove a Point

Model Darnel Ghramm is shining a light on plus-size male models with his new project #WeAreBigAndTall, starting first with his own body-positive spin on a Calvin Klein ad.

“Because we’re big and tall, it doesn’t mean we’re not capable of doing the things an industry standard size model can do or that we shouldn’t have the same opportunities,” Ghramm wrote on Instagram. “[It] doesn’t mean we’re not worthy of proper representation or respect in society or be fairly represented in the fashion industry, because guess what? We wear clothes and have killer style too.”

Ghramm recreated a Calvin Klein menswear ad featuring only plus-size male models. For this campaign, which was photographed by Tony Trott, Ghramm recruited a few of his friends, including Rob RobinsonArcadio Ady Del Valle and Miguel Rodriguez.

They asked…Have you ever seen a Plus Male Model? Do they even exist? What even constitutes as a plus size man? Then they asked…Does anyone remember that ‘Plus Size’ Calvin Klein campaign? Well, do you?! . I decided to bring together a few plus males with different ethnicities, height, sizes & shapes to answer these questions & recreate the 'Plus Size Male' shoot Calvin Klein missed out on. We EXIST and we are constituted by many different things. Whether big, tall or simply fall outside of the worlds standards, we are ALL handsome and worthy, FACT! – @dghramm . So, do we exist? Which photo do you prefer Top or Bottom?!? #wearebigandtall . ?: @tonytrottphoto . . #celebratemysize #mycalvins #goldenconfidence #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositive #plussize #plussizefashion #plussizemodel #honormycurves #plussizeblogger #fatshion #bigandtall #bigandtallfashion #plussizemalemodel #brawn #bigandtallmodel #mensfashion #menswear #menstyle #mensstyle #fashionblogger #styleblogger #model #antm #calvinklein #styleandcurve #hypebeaststyle #fashionbombmen

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While there has been quite a lot of exposure for female plus size models – like Ashley Graham, Denise Bidot and Candice Huffine – the same can’t be said for their male counterparts. The conversations around plus size modeling haven’t often been centered around the male experience. Hopefully, Ghramm’s new project is one step in the right direction of beginning these conversations and giving these models their own place in the fashion industry.

One titan in the fashion industry who agrees is Tyra Banks. She recently tweeted: “Hear me now, and hear me loud. A DAD BOD SHOULD BE APPRECIATED LIKE A ROCK HARD BOD. We celebrate thick women, now it’s time to celebrate thick fellas.”

Trust me when I say, "Believe in your f*cking self & you’ll be unstoppable!" What you think of yourself is way more important then what they think of you. So be mindful of your self talk, be good to yourself. Encourage yourself the same way you encourage others, your worth it. – @dghramm #wearebigandtall . Whether you think you can or you can't, either way you are right. -Henry Ford . ?: @tonytrottphoto . . #celebratemysize #mycalvins #goldenconfidence #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositive #plussize #plussizefashion #plussizemodel #honormycurves #plussizeblogger #fatshion #bigandtall #bigandtallfashion #plussizemalemodel #brawn #bigandtallmodel #mensfashion #menswear #menstyle #mensstyle #fashionblogger #styleblogger #model #antm #calvinklein #styleandcurve #hypebeaststyle #fashionbombmen

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As Del Valle wrote on Instagram: “[This project] means that we are choosing to stand up and kick down those walls and barriers that society has put in place that plus men can’t model, plus men can’t inspire or do what our smaller counterparts can. Yes we can and yes we will.”

1.What does it mean to you to be apart of #WeAreBigAndTall by @dghramm ? • • What being part of this project with Darnell and my fellow Plus models? It means that we are choosing to stand up and kick down those walls and barriers that society has put in place that Plus men can’t model, Plus men can’t inspire or do what our smaller counterparts can. YES we can and YES we will. We all come in so many different shapes, sizes and backgrounds but we all have a common purpose and it’s to inspire those that feel they can’t and show them they can. • • Photography: @tonytrottphoto • • #BigAndTall #streetfashion #streetstyle #urbanfashion #malemodel #mensfashion #beardgang #beardporn #malefashion #bigmensfashion #bigandtallmodel #malestyle #fashion #fatshion #plussizemalemodel #plussizemodel #effyourbeautystandards #brawn #plussizemenswear #plusmenrevolution #brawnsquad #BodyPositivity #WLYG

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“I’m not here to be ‘the standard,’” Ghramm wrote on Instagram. “I’m here to go against the norms of life and the industry by simply being me, not a mold. To show and inspire people to love themselves and make their dreams a reality, amongst all the criticisms.”

What do you think of the campaign featuring these plus-size male models? Tell us in the comments below and on Facebook.