Messages of body positivity are so important that it is no surprise people notice when a magazine promotes body inclusiveness. Even Sports Illustrated featured its first plus-size cover model recently. Now, Women's Running is embracing body positivity for a cover story, and people are noticing.
The latest issue of Women's Running features model and trendsetter Nadia Aboulhosn. While, Aboulhosn is mostly known for her stylish Instagram, it turns out she is also a runner and fitness advocate.
She is the second plus-size runner to be featured on the cover of Women's Running.
Aboulhosn, however, is an advocate for ending the labeling of models based on size. She told BuzzFeed, "I'm just trying to normalize what should have already been seen as normal."
She does think it is great that she was selected to be on the cover because it is a more accurate depiction of the world. People of all sizes run. She sees it as a symptom of a larger problem that people her size are rarely featured in fitness magazines.
"It's because society sees fit people as being smaller … People don't think my body type is healthy," she said.
Brb I'm crying ugly tears. I shot a few months ago with @womensrunningmagazine for their April 2016 issue that's out on stands now. I was in the airport last night flying from Florida back to LA and went in the store, saw it, and started crying. This elderly couple next to me was like...whats wrong? I'm like THIS IS MY FIRST MAGAZINE COVER AFTER WORKING NON STOP FOR 5 YEARS! I'm glad no one was around to see it Bc snot was every where, I was sweating. 😂 I know I joke a lot so let me be serious and say thank you to Women's Running Mag for choosing me. When I got the email I still didn't believe it was going to happen. I for sure thought last minute something was going to happen and I wouldn't be on the cover just solely off the fact that things have turned wrong for me so much of my life when I'm almost about to have something, I get disappointed or let down. I'm never satisfied and feel like I could always be doing more but seeing my cover made me calm down and enjoy this moment that's such a milestone for me and my career. Thank you especially to Jessica Sebor. You amaze me. It's so important to feel good about yourself. I'll be taking over @womensrunningmagazine's Instagram account tomorrow so be sure to follow and be sure to get the mag and read my story inside! Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this, the entire team at Womens Running, also to my family and close circle who keep me aligned. Thank you to all of you because you contribute so much to my success. Wearing @adidasoriginals outfit in this shot with @nike roshe runs. 🙏🏽
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Her message seems to be striking a cord with women across the country. Her fans, the magazine's readers, and even people who know little about either seem to agree with the magazine's decision to put Aboulhosn on the cover.
There has been an outpouring of support on social media, praising the model and the magazine.