Philomena Kwao: I Used to Think Being Beautiful Meant Being Lighter-Skinned

Welcome to  Talking Body, a new series where we have honest conversations with women about their bodies. Up this week: Philomena Kwao, who currently appears in the new Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in Swimsuitsforall's groundbreaking #SwimSexy campaign. In addition to modeling for brands like Beth Ditto Collection, Torrid, and Addition Elle, the UK native is a passionate advocate with organizations like Women for Women and The Lily Project. Here, alongside some photos from JAG'S "10" project, she sounds off on how the plus-size industry needs to push diversity beyond size and how modeling helped her find self-confidence.