If you would have shown me The Tess Holiday Cosmopolitan Cover when I was 8, I wouldn’t have believed it was real.

As a child, I was picked on for having a twitch, funny teeth and was riddled with self-loathing. I looked nothing like the girls around me or the girls on tv and in the magazines who represented an image of idealized beauty.  There was no diversity in the women shown to me.

I would’ve finally felt like less of an outcast, and maybe I would’ve been able to appreciate my own Beauty. But I didn’t see this cover. I didn’t see any diversity in the women the media told me to idolize. I knew that I didn’t fit the mold of what society wanted from me, and this had a huge impact on my mental health.

There was a huge amount of backlash to the Tess Holiday cover, and to the growing Body Positivity movement. The neigh-Sayers argued that the movement promotes obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle. I wholeheartedly disagree with this, seeing an overweight woman doesn’t make people want to gain weight. It presents another idea of what can be beautiful and shows that body weight isn’t the be-all and end-all of beauty.

But alas, covers like Tess’ Cosmo or Ashley Grahams Sports Illustrated didn’t exist when I was a girl. I believed beauty only came in the form of Doutzen Kroez or Kate Moss, and even my naïve primary school self knew that to be the way of the world.

And I think this is because we didn’t have access to social media then. The rise of the female revolution has also meant that the female body is more appreciated than ever, In all its diverse forms.

Once women were given a platform like Instagram and Twitter to showcase their bodies and their beauty, it became evidently clear that what we were seeing in the media didn’t represent the beautiful and diverse women around us in everyday life.

Plus, Curve & Natural models suddenly had somewhere to showcase their beauty, that brands and mainstream media just were not giving them.

It started off slowly, with brands like Aerie championing curve model Iskra Lawrence. They proudly displayed Iskra’s curvy figure and made the decision to stop photo-shopping their models. Then more brands started getting involved. Retail Giant ASOS featured a Curve clothing range which catered to plus size women and has made a pact to not photo-shop their models.

Now, there is an extensive range of clothing available for plus size women. Even brands like Calvin Klein, Savage X Fenty, and Michael Kors have featured plus size women and plus size ranges in their clothing.

And it’s not just Curve and plus size models, imperfections and diversity are being celebrated now more so than ever. Models like Winnie Harlow who has extreme vitiligo is seen on runways in Paris, London, and Milan.

Social Media has also given a platform to Gender Fluidity. More and More androgynous, nonbinary and trans models than ever before in brand campaigns and runways.  The Conversation about diversity in Fashion has been a long time coming but thankfully we are making progress.

And whilst there are still brands the refuse to follow the curve (If you’ll pardon the pun) Like Victoria’s Secret, with each day that passes more and more 8-year-old girls are being exposed to different kinds of beauty. And that makes both 8 years old and 20 years old me, very happy.