These Plus-Size Male Models Just Recreated a Calvin Klein Ad to Prove a Point
“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 Robinson, Arcadio Ady Del Valle and Miguel Rodriguez.
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.”
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.”
“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.”