Tricia modeling in NYFW
In Designer Korto Momolu
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More often than not, women are told that being skinny means success. So our definition of confidence is rooted in a deep sense of understanding that we need to look at our body at an unrealistic standard. However, plus-size model Tricia Campbell urges women to change the definition of confidence and encourage other women to own their bodies.
Besides being a plus-size model, she is also an entrepreneur who is changing the game of swimwear. Tricia pushes her advocacy through her swimwear line, Glamour Glamour Swimwear. She takes pride in creating a collection of bold and colorful swimwear dedicated to plus-size women to make them feel more beautiful and confident with themselves. The media is filled with unrealistic, photoshopped women bodies that pose a danger to the self-esteem of girls and women. For Tricia, to achieve a bikini body, you just need a bikini and a body, no more, no less.
Looking back, her struggles led her toward this mission of creating a brand that promotes body positivity. When she was 15 years old, she joined the most prestigious pageant in Jamaica, Miss Jamaica. Despite being empowered to become a role model to other girls and women in the country, her hopes went down after being fat shamed by one of her mentors. “Tricia, you’re beautiful. But your hips and legs are too big. You need to lose them before the competition,” she recalls. Those words made her feel like she was not enough and felt that she’s being held up to an unrealistic body size. “I took that to heart and felt like I was never pretty enough.”
It was not until a couple of years ago that she realized that beauty should come from the inside when she lost her mother to colon cancer. Because of that, she felt like no one could take it away from her. She started changing her ideals and mindset and prayed to God. On her way to healing, she listened to different podcasts and spiritual healers. She also met her life coach, who helped her recognize and unleash her inner beauty and confidence from within. That’s how she took a step forward and decided to help other women as a life coach. Tricia started the Facebook Group, Confidence Queens. Through the private group, she was able to inspire other women who are feeling less, lonely, forgotten, and stressed to unleash and reclaim their power as a confident woman.
Years ago, Tricia found herself constantly looking in the mirror and feeling not good enough. But today, she spends it reaffirming how incredible her body is for taking her to where she’s meant to. There are times where she still struggles about feeling good enough, but nothing compares to finally owning your authenticity and sharing it with the world. Now she’s not only a supermodel, life coach, and entrepreneur but an important trailblazer who is gaining recognition as a symbol of confidence and voice to encourage girls and women everywhere.
Tricia has also achieved a lot of milestones in her life. She was Oprah’s stand-in model for the O Magazine Cover photoshoots and has also been gracing pages of magazines and websites like Essence and Glamour. She is also an icon of fashion and beauty on Instagram with over 20,000 followers.
As she continues to level up her game and continue to touch the lives of other plus-size women, she wants to remind them that “we are all uniquely and wonderfully made.” She believes that now is the time to tap into your true beauty and that is confidence. This will help you change the world for the better. For Tricia, “no matter what you have been through all your life, you are worth it.”