This is Diana Sirokai, a 21 year old plus size model from Hungary.
She’s pretty well-known online for promoting women’s empowerment, and for celebrating women’s bodies as they are, not as the media presents them to us.
Originally from Hungary, Diana now lives in London, and makes her living as a plus size beauty model.
She says that she tried getting work as a regular sized model, but being bigger really made modelling agents sit up and take notice. Which is when she realised she could really make a difference with her work.
Diana started modelling when she was 16, doing shoots for makeup and then later on music videos. But she was initially put off by the world of modelling and decided to take a break from the scene and trying other aspects of her career.
Then again, you can’t keep a good woman down, so after a few years of soul searching and getting into a new relationship, Diana decided to make her return!
She hasn’t looked back since, and she is now definitely on of the most recognizable plus sized models in the world today, with an Instagram following 570 THOUSAND strong!
So she has become famous online for her curvy appearance and messages of body positivity. Now that she’s got way over 500,000 followers on her Instagram account (and one her way to the big 600,000 soon) and many more fans all around the world.
Diana’s Instagram presence is what brings most attention her way, connecting directly with her fans and promoting beauty and positivity through the photos she posts there.
She has also gone through hardship in her life, encountering bullying in the modelling and fashion industry, and she has spoken out about those issues:
“That time was really tough. I didn’t really speak to anyone about it, I kept it all bottled up inside,” she says about her experiences of being bullied, “I still went to college every day. I would occasionally cry to my mum and ask why when I was living my dream doing modelling and music videos would people be mean to me about it.”
But it was then that Diana made a realization about the people who were doing the bullying, and why it was that they were doing it:
“It was the modelling they didn’t like. They’d tell me I wasn’t good enough to be doing it, but my retaliation was that they had obviously watched the video because they liked the music and that they must just be jealous.”
But she got some positives out of the experience:
“It was a massive learning curve,” Diana says about his time in her life and career, “If I was going to pursue this as a job it was a life lesson as there are always going to be positive and negative people and it was sort of like a test to see if I can handle it. It made me much stronger, if I had to go back and do it again I would change anything because it taught me so much.”
Recently, she has gone viral for her latest Instagram image in which she imitates a fellow model’s famous fashion photo shoot.
Back in 2016, supermodel Gigi Hadid did a very famous naked photo shoot for the fashion label Stuart Weitzman.
It was to promote the fashion designer’s latest line of boots – but people understandably got hung up on the fact that Gigi was wearing nothing BUT those boots.
In just a couple of short years, it has become an iconic photo in the fashion world, and made Gigi Hadid one of the most recognisable faces – and bodies – in the modelling world.
I guess that’s at least part of the reason why Gigi Hadid has become so successful. If you think almost 600,000 Instagram followers is something to shout about, Gigi herself has an incredible 37.5 MILLION Instagram followers!
That’s more than the entire population of Canada – all following one person’s social media updates. Mind blowing!
But now Diana Sirokai has been making waves after she recreated Gigi’s famous pose on her Instagram page.
“I was just wondering how a Model My Size would look on this,” she said, and posted the stunning image comparing the two photo shoots.
It looks like the image hasn’t been retouched all that much either, promoting the idea that you should be confident in the skin you’re in.
If the stretch marks on Diana’s hips are anything to go by, the image doesn’t look like it has been photoshopped a lot at all!
She always posts images celebrating bodies as they really appear, including the one above of stretch marks; something that we don’t regularly see in fashion magazine photo shoots!
Some people might call them flaws, but other people like Diana are more body positive and they don’t see them that way!
This isn’t the first time Diana has sprung to fame by posting body positive images online either!
Maybe you remember the time when her and fellow plus size model Callie Thorpe (who is on the left in the photo below) intentionally got their photo shoot re-touched to make them look far thinner?
Here is the original photo of the two models at their true size…
And here is the photoshopped version, in which you can see the pair obviously look way slimmer. Some other less noticeable imperfections were also given the air brush treatment, like the appearance of Diana’s chin, and both girls’ legs looking way smoother.
“I have to say we look Amazing both ways,” Diana wrote on her Instagram post of the image, “The purpose of this was to show you all how magazines and the media take editing to a different level. Models and celebrities do not even look like themselves. We live in such a fake world its time to bring real back. Own who you are and slay!”
That’s not the only time that Diana has addressed beauty standards! Who remembers the photos she had taken copying Kim Kardashian’s famous ‘white bathing costume’ photo shoot?
“WE ARE BOTH WOMEN with DIFFERENT BODIES ❤️ #Slay” Diana said in this Instagram post.
People were loving the natural look that Diana and her photographer Karizza – who has worked to put a lot of plus size models in front of the camera – have achieved.
I think we can all agree that Diana looks amazing in all of the photos, and that she is really doing some great work in promoting both plus size models and body positivity!
“We are all unique and that’s what makes us special,” Diana told the newspaper and website Metro.co.uk about her latest photo shoot.
“By recreating these images I hope it reaches high fashion brands and they will start making a change in the fashion industry,” she says
“Gigi is such a stunning young woman. I think her beauty is mesmerising and a lot of girls that look up to her feel like they could never be like that. Gigi is an Icon and my message was to show that you can be as good as her. We all look different and unique you have to own it. Yes Gigi is beautiful but so are you.”
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