Saffi Karina: She believes that a "healthy body is a beautiful body"
Saffi Karina was raised in London by a family of naturally curvaceous women who taught her that a healthy body is a beautiful body. When a former manager demanded that she lose weight to fit the expectations for a straight-size model, Karina refused to compromise her values and decided that, as long as she looked and felt healthy, she would never lose weight simply to conform to anyone’s prejudicial expectations. She took a break from modeling to complete her studies in fashion design and photography at the London College of Fashion.
She returned to the modeling industry as a curve model and appeared in a number of high-profile campaigns for L’Oréal, H&M, Macy’s, and Lane Bryant. She also appeared in an editorial for Elle Sweden and was a runway model for designer Christian Siriano’s fall 2017 fashion week show. Karina is a body-positive activist who founded a body confidence program, Curve Project London, where she and other fashion industry professionals mentor women ages 16 to 60 to help them develop the skills and confidence needed to succeed in the plus-size modeling industry.