Stassie Karanikolaou on New Campaign for Curvy Women: 'It's So Hard for Me to Find Clothes that Fit'
Stassie Karanikolaou is embracing her hourglass shape in a new fashion campaign
“I wanted to partner with the brand because it’s so hard for me to find clothes that fit me,” Karanikolaou, 19, tells PEOPLE. “I tried on everything [in this collection] and it all fit amazing. It hugged me in all the right places, has extra fabric where it needs to have it, and it emphasizes curves.”
“It’s important for me to partner with brands that embrace women’s bodies and how beautiful and diverse we all are, and it’s important to have lines for every different body type because everyone needs to have clothes that fit them,” she continues.
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“I used to be very self-conscious,” she says. “I didn’t like going to the beach or wearing tight clothes. I was very uncomfortable in my skin, and it took me a long time to realize that everybody has flaws and nobody’s perfect, and that I need to embrace my curves and who I am.”
Karanikolaou praises inclusion for models of all sizes — not just the unattainable-for-most size 0 ideal.
“Is anyone even a size 0 anymore?” she says with a laugh. “I feel like the industry has embraced people of all sizes. I see a magazine like Vogue with people of all different shapes and body types on the cover. Everyone is sexy, no matter if you have curves, if you’re bigger, if you’re smaller, if you’re a size 0, if you’re not a size 0 — everyone is sexy and beautiful in their own way.”