#Bodylove: In Conversation With Silvana Denker…

… about their campaign, which is causing a sensation worldwide.

The Cosmopolitan US, the People Magazine, as well as the French Marie Claire and Elle are just a few industry sizes that have already reported on this. But everything started in the small German town of Siegen. We talked to Silvana Denker about her Bodylove campaign, which has been applauding world-wide since the end of last year.

She used to wear clothes size 36/38, wanted to study medicine, and the first motif she got before the lens of her camera were the dogs of her parents.Today, Silvana Denker is a successful photographer, internationally-booked plus-size model and much more. Above all, however, she is currently known as the initiator of a campaign with which she is able to achieve what she has never dreamed of.

The road to the Bodylove campaign was sometimes stony, paved by wonderful accidents, but also by deep holes.He led the native Westerwäldler from an initial identity crisis (in which she threw all plans overboard) over the accidental encounter with the German comedian Otto Waalkes (which brought her to the photograph) up to the spontaneous participation in a Modelcontest (which she to the successful plus -store model). Its so far unsurpassed high is, however, precisely now. And just as unexpected to her as the course of her life so far.

In Siegen, North Rhine-Westphalia, everything began. There followed another seven German cities, in which your campaign left a lasting impression. What is the Bodylove campaign?

Bodylove is an action against bodyshaming. Why do you have to offend others? Because they look different or do not fit into their taste? I’m not saying you always have to find everything beautiful. Tastes are different. But everyone can and should respect every human being with respect. This is the basic idea of ​​Bodylove.

How does such an action take place in a city?

Eight people whose bodies are painted with a letter of the word “Bodylove” are arranged in the same order, and at the same time undress themselves as far as the underwear: in the most lively place of a city. Mostly we search the pedestrian zones for it. I hold everything photographically and then share it on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I want to reach as many people as possible.

An average of 30 potential participants apply to you for each action. What are your selection criteria?

The first thing to say is that it is not about plus size, but about showing a realistic image of women and men. One that reflects the greatest possible diversity. Just like real life. I want to show all sizes and facets. Whether large, small, thick or thin, light or dark-skinned. It is about more self-love, not about clothes sizes. No matter how you look, you should learn to love yourself a little more and try not to be put under such pressure, to be as perfect as possible. No one is perfect. We are all different and still great as we are.

So can men participate?

Absolutely! After getting more and more letters from interested men, who told me their stories and also battled directly or indirectly with bodyshaming, there were four men in Koblenz for the first time. I am always happy about male participants.This makes it all the more clear that my action is not about dress sizes.

Do you have a personal desire candidate for your actions?

How utopian it may be? Then: Oprah! At first, I actually thought about bringing in international Plus-Size models, which I know well. Candice Huffine or Hayley Hasselhoff for example. But I’m not interested in showing models, but the woman from next door – Lieschenmüller, just as she is.

We talk about self-love: do you think you can learn it?

Absolute. This is a long process in which the way of thinking must change fundamentally. I am not a bad person or worth less because I weigh more!

You seem to speak from your own experience. You are so powerful and self-confident.

I always find it exciting how others see me. I could not do that myself for a long time. I have gradually eliminated all bad things from my environment, made myself positive thoughts and the negative did not even think about.One all too often tends to see only the negative. You should not. I have never been directly offended even in real life. Where this is always and also very relentlessly occurs, is on the Internet. At some point, even at a time when I was almost normal, I felt myself to be much too fat. Just because of cruel comments. I had been training for a triathlon! How crazy is this world?

Was that the trigger for the message you wanted to carry into the world?

Yes! I began to work to make people get a more realistic picture of bodies in general. My photo series “Bodylove”, for which I photographed people of all ages, sex, all sizes and skin colors, people with disabilities, with tattoos etc. was already the beginning. I believe that a large, reflected part of the society has saddled itself with the photogeshopped bodies and again demands a realistic perception of the body. So I wondered what I could do to get even more attention for this thing. The pedestrian zone in Siegen was the answer. After the action was so incredibly good there, the audience cheered and clapped and some media were on the spot, the thing suddenly came to a roll. I did not expect that.

Is the resonance consistently so positive?

Of course there are always negative feedback. Anonymous on the Internet is an easy thing. It is best to read the comments but not at all. I also attach this to my participants.

So you also act as motivation coaching for participants?

When they say to me, “Silvana, I am so glad to have participated, I had so much fear before”, then I get the motivation thrust! To realize how a small idea can move so much and that I write to people from all over the world how much I help them with this is the madness. I have never thought of becoming a great motivation co-worker.But to see what moves and causes it, still stirs me to tears. I have to realize again and again what is happening there.

There has been quite a lot happening! Are the challenges growing with the notoriety?

The larger the cities in which we want to realize our plans, the more difficult to get the permits. These have always been the biggest hurdles so far. And also hard to believe: finding women in small sizes is also difficult, as many think it is a plus size campaign. The funny thing is, however, that the thin women often feel more than those with the big sizes.

So is participation a kind of self-therapy?

Oh yeah. Some girls were so euphoric, they did not want to get dressed. You just have to be there to experience this mood. This is simply bombastic. I’m also really at a point where I can say I’m good as I am (and it does not matter if it’s 10 kilos more or less, because that is not important in life). This was my personal challenge. I am glad that I have become the man I am today. A couple of years ago, I wanted to be someone else. Today I say: That should come all this way and it is as good as it is!

Are you going to undress yourself as a participant in an action?

I? But who is going to take the photos?  Perhaps one day will come a very special moment in which I will also go. Then I will be the “Hashtag”.

You were in Paris with your action. How are things going on with the Bodylove campaign?

The next cities to be planned are Vienna, Düsseldorf and London. I have already found sponsors who support me. Everything else is still in the stars. I would like to plan a tour in the USA as the demand is gigantic. At the moment, however, I am reaching my financial limits to continue the project with my private funds. So I am glad about every little help to keep Bodylove alive and bring a little more love, kindness and respect into the world.

Whether as a participant, follower or spectator-you can follow and support the Bodylove campaign:

Follow Silvana Denker on Instagram and learn  more about her work as a plus-size model and photographer on her website .

We are happy if we see Silvana one day even as a “hashtag” in her campaign!

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#bodylove : poser en lingerie à Paris pour la diversité

#bodylove : poser en lingerie à Paris pour la diversité

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#Bodylove, la camapaña de Silvana Denker

#Bodylove, la camapaña de Silvana Denker

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#BodyLove – nackte Tatsachen!

#BodyLove - nackte Tatsachen!

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#BodyLove – nackte Tatsachen!

#BodyLove - nackte Tatsachen!

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Lancée par la photographe et mannequin grande taille ...

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Support the #BODYLOVE campaign by Silvana Denker – STYLE ...

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#BodyLove la campaña para amar tu cuerpo tal como es

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#BodyLove – nackte Tatsachen!

#BodyLove - nackte Tatsachen!

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#bodylove ist das großartige fotoprojekt, das den ...

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#Bodylove: Wir sehen nicht alle gleich aus

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#BodyLove, la campaña de cuerpo natural de las mujeres ...

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#BodyLove : Ils posent en lingerie pour accepter leur corps

#BodyLove : Ils posent en lingerie pour accepter leur corps

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#bodylove

#bodylove

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#bodylove : poser en lingerie à Paris pour la diversité

#bodylove : poser en lingerie à Paris pour la diversité

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#BodyLove, la campaña de cuerpo natural de las mujeres …

#BodyLove, la campaña de cuerpo natural de las mujeres ...

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Fehérneműben vonultak a nők Berlin utcáin

Fehérneműben vonultak a nők Berlin utcáin

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#Bodylove, la campaña de cuerpo natural de las mujeres ...

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Real People Pose in Underwear in Germany for Body …

Real People Pose in Underwear in Germany for Body ...

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Silvana Denker sort un calendrier avec des femmes plus size

Silvana Denker sort un calendrier avec des femmes plus size

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Silvana Denker promotes #BodyLove with nude Berlin women …

Silvana Denker promotes #BodyLove with nude Berlin women ...

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