Socially Aware Activists are a refreshing and respected segment of society that helps all of us stay in the fight to have our freedom and rights protected as opposed to the many that are primarily concerned about making money and having brilliant careers without being involved in helping others.

Meeting the shapely model Alex LaRosa is a refreshing research investigation.

First off, she is incredibly bright, gorgeous and wonderful to look at.

An added bonus is that she is very socially aware and active in those pursuits.

Let’s meet her.

At her well-designed and informative site she smiles in the second person, “Alex LaRosa is an international model living in Los Angeles, CA. She first started modeling in 2009 and has gained an increased amount of attention as an up and coming plus size model in the past two years. While she is most known as one of the faces of SWAK Designs, Alex has shot campaigns for multiple plus size fashion brands such as Living Doll LA, Size Appeal, ModCloth, Huudaverti, A Clothes Mind, and Chic and Curvy Boutique.

Alex hit the runway at Los Angeles Fashion Week for her first runway show in Spring 2013. Since then, she has continued to walk the runway for the Orange County Fashion Showcase and a number of the Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall shows. Once having booked the show from a nation-wide model casting, Alex LaRosa became a crowd favorite at the highly-praised Full Figured Fashion Week in summer 2013. Alex could be seen modeling notable designers and brands such as Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Vince Camuto, Ashley Stewart, Curvezz, Nakimuli, and more!”

Wouldn’t you agree that is a very impressive resume?

Socially aware our gorgeous princess is, so let’s listen to what she has to say. article, photo article, photo

“Alex uses her platform as a plus size model to start and continue conversations about the importance of size and race diversity in the modeling industry and beyond. She is committed to being a spokesperson for the body positive movement and has been interviewed by Huffington Post Live, Plus Model Magazine, Daily Venus Diva and more. Alex will be featured in the upcoming documentary, Fattitude, where will she will contribute her insight and opinions of the fashion industry and the world of plus size modeling.

Aside from modeling, Alex is a scholar and community organizer. She is a recent graduate of Occidental College and has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Critical Theory & Social Justice. She has committed herself to a life of social awareness and focuses her work on issues of racial equality and the U.S. incarceration system. Alex teaches creative writing class to incarcerated youth and is an advocate for the body positive movement.”

This writer loves what he is seeing and loves even more what he is reading about Alex.

Now it’s time to slow down the love train.

At least a little.

With no reflection on Alex, there are questions that trouble me when I write about the shapely models that I love who are willing to speak out about body shaming.

We all understand that there will be rude people who say things that they shouldn’t.

Having said that, as far as the other population goes, especially the male corner, how do you know what people are thinking about you if they don’t express it? What they are thinking could be very positive.

The second area of research that concerns me even more is the issue of weight.

According to Alex in her interviews she sees good news and bad news in the curvy model’s ability to get more work.

The good news is that more shapely models are contracting out with agencies for more work as shapely model shoots and product endorsements are surging.

The bad news is that the models who stay at about size 14 are the ones garnering most of the work. It’s the new shapely model cool.

It’s as though the modeling industry is saying, yes we feel women should look and live in a body that they are comfortable with as long as it doesn’t go over size 14.

There are shapely models, and it seems that Alex is one of them, that feel that above size 14 models should get as much work too and you shouldn’t place limits on what size a women should be to be considered desirable.

This video seems to confirm that. .

I’ll keep this brief.

True though that thinking may be, at what point do real future health concerns come in to play?

Can you have a discussion with the shapely modeling community, be respectful but not agree with everything they as an industry seem to be cohesive in expressing and still be considered an ally?

What seems to be a parallel discussion is occurring in the comedy industry.

If you watch the brilliant and socially aware comedian Bill Maher, one of the irritations that he continually shares on his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, is that the left in general and colleges and universities in particular, have become so politically correct that a number of comics decline to perform there anymore.

The informative site speaks to this by quoting the popular comedian Chris Rock who expressed, “I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative. Not in their political views — not like they’re voting Republican — but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody.”

They also cite Jerry Seinfeld printing, “Jerry Seinfeld recently told an ESPN radio host, “I don’t play colleges. I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’”

So if Alex ever gets a chance to read this, she should view my probing as very positive.

She has provoked thought. article, photo article, photo

Is she open to discussion that mostly, but may not entirely agree?

That is the risk of putting your views out there.

There are some shapely models that refuse to discuss body shaming or social issues and just want to work and focus on that only.

No problem. That’s fine.

We like Alex’s approach better. Important issues should be discussed. It helps ignite change, even if at a snail’s pace.

When researching sexy cosmopolitan Alex, there is so much to love.

Here in part is why.

In her interview with industry giant, when asked about her closing thoughts, beautiful Alex shared, “I truly love what I do and I’m looking forward to using my platform as a model to encourage men and women of all sizes and shapes to love and accept all body types. I am so honored to be a part of this conversation.”

We hope more and more, that in a respectful way, societies around the world become more involved in this conversation as well, with their eyes and minds wide open. 

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Sources:, Wikipedia,, FCI Elite Competitor, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.