Dear Dascha Polanco,
I have something to say about your curvaceous thighs. I’ve always been a fan of Dayanara Diaz on Orange Is the New Black, but on Sunday, I fell in love with you. Your zero fucks attitude about body-shamers and internet trolls inspired me. You made me realize, I too can embrace my size and throw my insecurities aside, because I’m beautiful: my legs are beautiful, my tummy is beautiful, my breasts are beautiful, my cellulite is beautiful. I am a woman in every sense of the word. Being a woman is incredible and I don’t want to hide because I’m scared of being judged.
Thank you Dascha, and say thanks to your thighs for me. Because of you, I’m going to love every inch of me, starting today.
Now in all seriousness, let’s talk about what really happened….
If you’ve been keeping up with what’s happening at New York Fashion Week (apart from Kanye West’s reportedly disastrous Yeezy Season 4 show), you’ll know that on Sunday, The Blonds debuted its latest collection at Milk Studios in New York City. But it wasn’t the looks on the runway that stole the show — it was Polanco.
Polanco was spotted in the front row wearing an incredible black-and-white bodysuit and no pants. That’s right, people — she decided she was going to show off her thighs (even though she admitted to Vanity Fair that she has been self-conscious of them), because there is absolutely no point in hiding them just because they don’t fit into a certain shape and size category. And because, more than anything, this is the real her — and boy, it’s beautiful.
She did, however, accompany her bodysuit with a brilliant hot pink duster coat adorned with flowers and an image of the Virgin Mary created in sequins and crystals, which paid homage to her Latina heritage.
This look was actually a collaboration with The Blonds and was inspired by Selena Quintanilla. Polanco told Vanity Fair, “[The Blonds] thought that it would go great with my personality, how I like to embrace who I am, being a Latina. I love Selena [Quintanilla], so I’m channeling her up here [with her new hairdo and] with the nails, just a modern type of Selena.”
Polanco has previously commented on the lack options for people who do not fit into the sample-size mold, which is another reason this look is so powerful. And not only did she slay, but the pictures of her that have emerged online look to be largely unretouched, signaling a change we’ve all been waiting for: The fashion industry and the media are finally willing to embrace women with curves.
But I’m not the only one who wanted to write a love letter to Polanco commending her for the incredible message she sent out with her body confidence, because Twitter is also abuzz with reactions to Polanca’s outfit.
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) September 13, 2016
Hoooo my gawd yas Dascha Polanco. You work those thick thighs of your's! 🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/NbiHnC7i2g
— nalisa alia amin (@nalisaaa) September 13, 2016
Body image goals? We agree.
dascha polanco is my body image hero
— kathryn (@wvrlyearps) September 14, 2016
It’s so important that these pictures have been left largely unretouched and are a true representation of Polanco’s body.
Few things mean more to me than seeing pics of Dascha Polanco where they haven't edited out her cellulite
— mak 🤠 (@RIVERHAG3000) September 14, 2016
And hopefully her body confidence and acceptance will encourage others to embrace their own curves in the future.
Dascha Polanco slayed NYFW with her outfit and curves. It nice to see women with curves being proud of there body. I hope to see more .
— NiaSimone (@JaNia42783214) September 13, 2016