8 Real Body Heroes Who Are Challenging Beauty Standards Everywhere

From human to totally plastic, these eight are changing the way we view positive body image

01 of 08

MADELINE STUART

MADELINE STUART
Courtesy Madeline Stuart Modelling

Stuart made history when she became the first model with Down syndrome to score a contract with a major beauty label (GlossiGirl). She's also hit the runway at New York Fashion Week. "I am just a girl chasing her dreams and having an amazing adventure," Stuart says of her success.

02 of 08

GABI GREGG

GABI GREGG
Elton Anderson

This fashion blogger is on a mission to change the way the world sees swimwear, with her own collection for swimsuitsforall. "Swimwear is the one time where you can really be out there in people's faces saying, 'Hey, I like myself, and I'm going to wear a bikini whether you tell me I can or not.'"

03 of 08

STEPHANIE BRUCE

STEPHANIE BRUCE
Justin Britton

This track Olympic hopeful had two babies just 15 months apart – which led to the separation of her ab muscles. She shared photos of her post-pregnancies stomach on Instagram, captioning the images "I just hope that other women post their baby bodies and don't feel ashamed."

04 of 08

ZACH MIKO

ZACH MIKO
COURTESY JD BARNES/IMG MODELS

The 26-year-old is Target's first-ever plus-size male model. "I want the next generation to have something mine didn't: People of all body types being shown as symbols of beauty."

05 of 08

KIRSTIE ENNIS

KIRSTIE ENNIS
COURTESY MARISSA BOUCHER/THE BOUDOIR DIVAS, BOUCHER INC.

Prince Harry's hero has undergone dozens of surgeries and had her left leg amputated after being injured in a 2012 helicopter crash while serving in the Marines. She's never let her injuries alter her on the inside, however: "Physically I am different, but I am just as whole."

06 of 08

NICOLA GRIFFIN

NICOLA GRIFFIN
Courtesy of Swimsuitsforall

Griffin became the oldest woman to ever appear in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, and for her, age is truly nothing but a number. She says: "It goes to show that there is no expiration date on beauty!"

07 of 08

CARISSA MOORE

CARISSA MOORE
Cameron Spencer/Getty

She's strong on the waves and off. This world-champion surfer used to starve herself and binge eat, but no more: "No one should ever think that low of themselves."

08 of 08

BARBIE

BARBIE
Mattel

Everyone's favorite plastic childhood BFF got a major revamp earlier this year, coming in three different body types: curvy, petite and tall. "Our brand represents female empowerment," Mattel's Evelyn Mazzocco says.

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