A plus-size model that is gracing the cover of Women’s Running magazine this week is sprinting on to fame and gaining a lot of fans along the way. The young woman, Erica Schenk, was requested to have her photograph taken while going for a morning jog. Now, reveals Sport Act News this Sunday, July 26, 2015, the 18-year-old model has become a national sensation and received massive support from women everywhere on the magazine’s body-loving message.
With all of the often very slim models featured on most magazine covers, seeing a plus-sized star working hard to achieve health and happiness for herself through exercise is a welcome change. In the August 2015 issue of Women’s Running, Erica Schenk is showing that true beauty comes in all body shapes and sizes. Schenk said she had been asked to run in an article that was focused on workout clothes for varying women’s body types, but the 18-year-old soon learned she had actually been selected for the cover of the popular exercise magazine.
When a reporter contacted Schenk to provide her thoughts on gracing Women’s Magazine first look, the young woman was taken completely by surprise. “I told them, ‘I don’t think I’m on the cover,’” she said, but soon discovered that she had indeed been selected. Talk about an impressive and unexpected shock.
Looking great with a sports top and spandex tights, the plus-size runner could be seen going for a jog through Prospect Park of Brooklyn. Shortly after the magazine hit news and tabloid stands, hundreds of readers of Women’s Running offered great support and fanfare to the fresh cover. Instead of seeing the usual type of model featured on the front, many took to social networking sites to praise the body-loving and embracing image. It helps speaks to many more females across the nation.
According to the Washington Post, the chief editor of the magazine, Jessie Sebor, said that Women’s Running has never received such a massive or positive response in the past, and everyone is very happy about it. Here are some posts from vocal Twitter users who are standing (or should one say exercising?) behind the great cover this week.
“Thanks a million @WomensRunning for having the courage to acknowledge that not all runners are a size 0!”
“@WomensRunning What a wonderful cover! It just shows that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Bravo!”
“I don’t buy fitness magazines but I’ll make an exception for you guys, you gained 1 new subscriber & 1 new twitter follower @WomensRunning”
“It’s really important for media to begin to realize that you don’t need someone with a six-pack and our culture’s version of a ‘perfect body’ to sell magazines,” noted editor Sebor. “Readers now really want to see themselves portrayed on covers, especially women with curvier frames who have only seen themselves depicted in ‘before’ pictures.”
The cover has sparked a number of online trends this week for this plus-size model running, and a majority in the fitness community are using Facebook and Twitter to pass on the body-embracing message. It is important for women to want to lead healthy lifestyles, but celebrate and respect their bodies regardless of their weight moving forward. The new cover has gained quite a bit of fame for Schenk, and left the star hopeful that others will feel encouraged by its message.
“I was initially stunned. I thought it would be a big deal but it turned out to be a MUCH bigger deal than I thought it would be!” shared the 18-year-old, who is grateful to be a “a thick-thighed woman who is proud of her body … I can feel the masses begging for more,” she added, noting that she intends to “make an impact in women’s body acceptance” in the future. Many fans have since taken to the plus-sized star’s Instagram page to show their support, and are hoping that Women’s Running and other magazines down the line will continue to showcase stars with a little more body to love.