Target Australia has just released its latest bikini ad, and it's making waves for all the right reasons.
The swimwear advertisement, which appears in the brand's Christmas catalogue, features six very different women, proving diversity in fashion isn't such a bad thing after all.
The ad follows Target's highly-successful "Every Body" campaign, which was launched earlier this year to "put forth a more inclusive representation of women's bodies by using "real" women with an array of body shapes and sizes to model the pieces," as E! says.
However, this bikini ad takes the representation one step further by including a model in her 50s, who The Huffington Post has ID-ed as Mel Brady.
Brady took to Instagram to share more photos of the spread, writing "The images have gone #viral gathering a lot of attention because of the #sizediversity and more importantly to me #agediversity target have embraced."
She continues, "Many comments have been made about us all being #realwomen ..well it's my opinion we're all real no matter our size shape age or colour 👊🙌 it's really all about #confidence #lovetheskinyourin."
So this week my #classicmodel adventures continue for #targetaus #yay !!! @targetaus 👏 I'm excited and flattered to be included once again in their #yayforeverybody #campaign and its a #swimwear spread!! The images have gone #viral gathering a lot of attention because of the #sizediversity and more importantly to me #agediversity target have embraced...many comments have been made about us all being #realwomen ..well it's my opinion we're all real no matter our size shape age or colour 👊🙌 it's really all about #confidence #lovetheskinyourin 🎯 To those that think the images are #photoshopped or highly #retouched that couldn't be further from the truth 🙏 #skintones were slightly evened due to spray tans and #tattooes were removed, but aside from that great lighting #photo @craigbanks amazing #makeup @becshannon @kimtavaresmakeup and a brilliant styling team @jcheep @em_brown84 ..not to mention the #producer @melmc12 Yup that's me @missbrady #melbradymodel #model #over50 #50plusandfabulous #allnatural with the lovelies @monika.clarke and @samanthastanwell
Brady also reveals the images feature little Photoshop and retouching, aside from some slight evening out of the skin tone "due to spray tans" and the digital removal of tattoos.
So far, the ad has been a huge success, with Target Australia's Facebook fans leaving positive comments on the photo.
"Thank you for using models of all shapes, sizes and ages. How refreshing to see women in their uniqueness being embraced and loving their bodies," wrote on user. "I imagine this will inspire to be less self-conscious and love their bodies that little bit more, well done Target!"
Another wrote, "I am overjoyed at your representation of all body types in your advertisements! I saw another one in store today and I almost cried with happiness!! We need more retailers to stand up for their customers by supporting their body image!"
Happy holidays, indeed.
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