Plus size model, Fluvia Lacerda, has made countless headlines in Brazil over the past year. When I spoke to her last, she explained that being an inspiration to women is her focus. Being able to connect with women who otherwise do not have many other inspirational images in the media, has made her work even harder. Her voice has been heard by many and has inspired change in the country.

Beleza em Curvas is the first magazine of it’s kind in Brazil; up until June 2010, Brazil did not have a single publication geared towards the plus size woman.Today Fluvia graces the cover of the magazine and continues to be a pioneer for plus size women at home and in the U.S.

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