Have you experienced any backlash professionally for your stance on body positivity?
"No," says Javier, "although sometimes clients have disagreed with my casting choices, and asked for more options, or they've recast shoots themselves. In my personal projects, I try to photograph people who sometimes I've not been able to in the industry – to tell other stories that matter. For example, Canon supported me to carry out a series of photos inspired by paintings
, where I found true beauty in older or plus-size models that might have been rejected by the fashion industry."
"Not from the industry," says Linda, "but when we did an alternative lingerie shoot [with models including Enam, author and transgender campaigner Juno Dawson and disabled rights advocate Imogen Fox] there were some negative comments on Twitter. As a whole, though, the shoot was really well received. It's easier for me, as a photographer, to put down my phone and step away from comments. It's different for Enam and other models who are the focus of the image. It's important to me that the models are happy with what we've created and feel positive about the experience from start to finish."
"Every day I get trolled on Instagram," says Enam. "It comes with the territory. I can laugh about it now but sometimes it really gets me down. And with the industry, there's a constant anxious feeling because you're already in such a tough position being one of the only people who does what you do so if you want to speak up about anything, you're threatening your career. Mentorships, schemes and systems could be put in place to help diverse models."