Self-esteem and body positivity: let Marciel Hopkins teach you something

#healthnotsize as a life mantra, and much more

She grew up in South Africa and now lives in New York. As a little girl, she was inspired by Candice Swanepoel and she still has dreams, such as working for Intimissimi, Victoria’s Secret and Calvin Klein: not only is Marciel Hopkins a curvy model, but she is also an international ambassador as much as body positive beauty is concerned. With more than 62K followers on Instagram (and we are still counting…), Marciel has turned her #healthnotsize hashtag into a lifestyle, a spiritual mantra to inspire today and tomorrow’s generations of women. In this interview, Marciel reveals LATEST how and when her career began. And, most of all, she makes an appeal to the fashion industry.

all images courtesy of Marciel Hopkins, shot in analog by Taahir Matthews, H&MUA by Giselle Venter

Let’s talk about self-esteem. Can you list down what women should do to feel prouder of themselves and their bodies?

First, do a proper social media clean up. Unfollow all pages that make you feel unworthy or not good enough. Take ownership of what you feed your mind with on a daily basis. Secondly, let go off the clothes in your cupboard that you still want to fit into like you used to. It’s not healthy for your self-esteem to see them every day.
Donate your old clothes to a charity and buy new clothes that fit your current body size.
Thirdly, don’t weigh yourself! I don’t own a scale and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I don’t know what I weigh and it’s not important to me at all.
I know and can feel when my body is healthy, I don’t need a number to confirm it for me. Last but not least, surround yourself with positive women who encourage and empower others. If you spend time with people who break other women down, it will have a negative effect on your self-esteem as well. You will start seeing women in the same judgmental way as they do.


The fashion industry is also doing a lot to encourage body-positivity: from catwalks to magazines, we can finally see more diversity. But what is still missing in your view?

The in between girls! The fashion industry has made bold statements when it comes to body positivity, but always choosing bodies that represent the extreme ends of the spectrum. There is no space for in between girls to work, although we represent the biggest percentage of women’s body sizing. The fashion industry needs to find the balance of representing all shapes and sizes, because there is still a big group of women who are excluded!


words by Federica Caiazzo

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