Diana Sirokai is a Hungarian plus-size model who works in cities from London and Los Angeles to New York. She’s an advocate for body positivity and a fashion designer of her own curvy collection with L.A.-based clothing line Xehar. Diana by Xehar is the name of Sirokai’s line, which includes pieces that encourage women to dress fashionably, no matter their size. Most recently, she practiced the self-love she preaches by posting side-by-side swimsuit photos of herself and Kim Kardashian.
Inspired by photos of Kardashian posing in a white one-piece bathing suit, Sirokai tells Yahoo Lifestyle that she initially thought she could never pull the look off herself.
“I loved these images of Kim, and in my head I said there’s no way I could do that because as a plus-size girl, we do have bigger body parts, and then I thought… I will do it! This is what I stand for with body positivity.”
The model is no stranger to lingerie and bikini photos, but the idea of copying Kardashian seemed a little out of her comfort zone. During a recent stay in New York, however, Sirokai tracked down city-based photographer Karizza, who has since spoken highly about working with her.
“Love to work with plus size girls because they are so full of life, so confident and they know how to enjoy the moment!” the photographer captioned a headshot of Sirokai. “Next week I will start my photo project which has aim to show deep beauty, character, sensuality and unique features of every girl!”
Illustrating beauty in all people and all figures is something that aligns closely with Sirokai’s own work. And once she posted the photos of herself next to Kardashian, the model made these values clear.
“WE ARE BOTH WOMEN with DIFFERENT BODIES,” Sirokai captioned the collaged photos, along with other amazing sentiments on her solo shots. “My ‘Flaws’ are my power,” another read. The first one she posted said, “10 Things to tell yourself every morning before starting off your day. I am healthy. I am strong. I am powerful. I am happy. I am blessed. I am wealthy. I am grateful. Today I am a better version of myself than yesterday. I can do it. I am loved.”
Now, with more than 20,000 likes on each of the photos, Sirokai expresses shock about the positive reactions she’s received. While she admits to the challenge of posting her own photos next to the celebrity’s, the experience has allowed her to see how comments on social media can drive people to change themselves.
An observation she’s seen throughout the comments is how natural Sirokai looks next to the star. However, Sirokai remains set on teaching others not to make such judgments.
“I am all about keeping it as natural as possible,” Sirokai says. “I just don’t want to judge women or men, because we all go through struggles. With my Instagram and images I hope to inspire all types of women, because we all need support.”
“If Kim could pull it off, I can too! Because we are no different. We are all beautiful and unique in our own ways.”
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