For Eurovision 2018 winner Netta, empowerment isn’t just a message in her winning song “Toy” but a way of life. She’s embodied that message ever since she entered the public eye and has actively promoted values tolerance and self-acceptance. And she recently took another brave step by hitting the runway while wearing a swimsuit. One small strut for Netta, a giant leap for Israel fashion. Her appearance was part of the first-ever runway show held by a plus-size brand at Tel Aviv Fashion Week.
When she won Eurovision Song Contest 2018 she said: “Thank you so much for choosing different”. And now she’s working hard to ensure people keep recognising the value and worth in all of us no matter how we look or what clothes we wear.
The runway is perhaps not the most common place for plus size models, especially when it’s about swimwear, yet, Netta took the runway by storm recently during Tel Aviv’s fashion week while wearing a special swimsuit that is offered for plus-size women by Bananhot. The event also featured a plus-size runway show by Retema.
Netta wore a bold yellow one-piece with a deeply plunging neckline and looked absolutely amazing. Fierce, confident and oozing charisma, she danced her way onto the catwalk to the new remix of her song “Bassa Sababa” by Dalit Rechester. The “Toy” hitmaker proved to us all that size doesn’t really matter and it’s all about your self-confidence. She sang her iconic lyric “I love my thicker figure” and was definitely dancing to the beat of her own drum. BAM!
The Jerusalem Post reported what Netta had to say backstage:
“For years I would sit on the side when my friends swam in the water. There is no feeling worse than that, to be afraid of what people will say about you, or to be embarrassed by who you are and what you are. I’m proud to do this today… I’m really proud to be a part of this. Don’t be embarrassed, be yourselves.”
Fashion is quite an important aspect of Netta’s art: everywhere she goes, her fashion and beauty team follows. Together they create special looks for each performance and each show, making sure to bring something unique and daring every time. Netta is always receiving offers for campaigns and endorsements. But she doesn’t hesitate to turn them down. She refuses to promote fashion brands that don’t sell XL sizes. She wants to work with inclusive brands only.
Why’s that? She explained in an interview with Israel’s Channel 12 news.
“I think it’s terrible if a girl will see my face on the advertisement and then once she’ll walk into that shop she won’t find an outfit in her size. You can’t understand the nightmare of getting into the fitting room and realising that nothing suits your size. You feel that you’re the most rejected, unequal, inappropriate person in society in that moment. I can’t take a part in that. It’s time for companies to provide clothes in all sizes.”
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Netta empowers young girls
Israelis recently celebrated the Jewish holiday of “Purim”. People dress up, making it akin to Halloween in some respects. It probably won’t surprise you that quite a lot of people, both kids and adults, chose to imitate Netta’s unique look and style this year, following a trend that started last year.
The Israeli website Mako decided to invite a few young girls to their studio, where they discussed Netta’s influence on their lives and explained why they chose to dress up like her for Purim. The girls didn’t know that while they were talking, Netta was watching in the room next door, listening and tearing up. At the end the group of girls posed for a few photos and then Netta stood right behind them. Talk about a surprise! This was so touching and emotional.
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Posted by mako on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Long before they knew Netta was even there, the girls told the interviewer:
“I love her character. She feels so good about herself. She has a lot of strength and a lot of power. She will not let anyone knock her down.”
Many of the girls have discussed how their peers mock and ostracise them.
“Some children have abused me, they talk about my weight, beat me, call me fat and ugly. When I saw Netta on TV I felt that there is still some hope in life.”
“They say that if you are special and different, it means that you are strange (in a negative way). I do not think so. Netta dresses in the way she likes and does not care about anyone. I can do it too.”
When Netta met the girls, she was at once overcome with emotion and excited.
“My father always told me: you are a diamond and life is sandpaper. It rubs you and rubs you and in the end you will be an amazing diamond. Be yourself. You’re amazing… Get rid of toxins in your life, surround yourself with nothing but people that spread light.”