Denise Bidot: The first plus size model to walk the runway in New York Fashion Week
Model and activist Denise Bidot is a leading figure in the fashion industry and a dedicated advocate of body acceptance and diversity. In 2014, Bidot made history as the first plus-size model to walk multiple runways during New York Fashion Week. Although she was a plus-size model, she broke barriers by modeling for straight-size brands, as well. The versatile, accomplished model has worked for a variety of well-known, plus-size and straight-size brands including Forever 21, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Old Navy, Lane Bryant, Target, Lilly Pulitzer, and Levi’s Jeans.
As a child, Denise watched her mother continually struggle to achieve unrealistic body expectations. Denise was struck by the fact that her mother, a beautiful woman whom she admired, couldn’t see her own beauty. Now that Denise is a mother with a daughter of her own, she is even more dedicated to promoting body positivity and acceptance.
She encourages women to be kind to one another, and to themselves, by recognizing there’s more than one way to be beautiful. Denise launched her own lifestyle movement, called "There Is No Wrong Way to Be a Woman," to encourage women to embrace their unique beauty and individuality.