Jazmin Sullivan Talks Body Image & Representation

Jazmin Sullivan

Jazmin Sullivan recently made headlines after appearing on the cover of Ebony proudly flaunting her plus size physique for the publication’s “Body Brigade” issue.

Recently she spoke to The Huffington Post about her mission to inspire full figured women suffering from body image issues.

“There aren’t a lot of plus size women in the industry, but I’m one. I feel like I made it through — to some degree — through the other side, to say the least. But they aren’t a lot,” Sullivan said during an interview with The Huffington Post. “I know that I represent a lot of women out there who aren’t used to seeing themselves portrayed, and I’m happy to be that woman. I feel everybody needs to see themselves. Everybody needs to be able to look up to someone and see somebody that looks or acts like them so that they can be inspired.”

Sullivan advised that women practice self love, as she opened up about her own methods of affirming herself.

“Love yourself the way you are…it’s a constant struggle, so I don’t want to preach something that’s unrealistic,” Sullivan said. “Because where I’m at, I’m constantly reminding myself of my good qualities and trying to affirm myself positively. So I understand sometimes you’re just not feeling yourself, but you have to love yourself for who you are.”

As the Philadelphia native enjoys being on the cover of a magazine for the first time, she touched on the importance of representation in the media.

I feel it’s all about representation. So I feel like I’m needed as far as being seen on covers and in magazines,” she said. “Women who look like me, women with regular bodies need to see women that look like themselves. So I would love to be one of those women to represent them.”

Abi Ishola
Abi Ishola


Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.

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