Stefania Ferrario, activist and model
Stefania is a trilingual, bisexual model known for her gender-fluid look. She shaved her head in 2012 to show that bald is beautiful and, in 2015, spearheaded the ‘Drop the Plus’ campaign to end use of
the term ‘plus size’ in the fashion industry.
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What do you think of the concept of ‘ladylike’?
It needs to lose its power to restrict and control… I thought it was an outdated term left behind in the last century. I imagine it as a form of social control over women that started to lose its grip after the ’50s. Not to say that there is anything wrong with acting like a ‘lady’ and dressing in a reserved, feminine way, [but] the pressure from society if you didn’t comply would have been terrible. Thankfully now society is more accepting whichever way you act, dress and carry yourself. Women and men can choose to adopt it as a style whenever they like, but that doesn’t make them better than anyone else.
What are you most passionate about?
The impact the fashion industry has on women, and especially young girls. In particular, the misleading use of the term ‘plus size’ to describe models above an Australian size eight. [I want to see the] fashion industry become more inclusive, stop using misleading labels and to have women of different ethnicities, sizes and ages be used in campaigns.
What do you want women to know?
That they are beautiful no matter what size, sex, age and ethnicity they are. We all deserve to feel represented and beautiful in this society.
Photography Ted O’Donnell; hair and make-up Chris Coonrod; H&M sweater AU$59.99, H&M shirt AU$29.99, H&M jeans AU$69.99.