Coming to an event featuring a model, one would expect hair and make-up done to perfection, that’s not what students saw Thursday when Ray Segev spoke.
Dressed in a simple outfit, hair and makeup done but not over the top, Segev began to speak about her journey from being insecure, to becoming a model, to becoming a role model for women all over the world.
“I feel like I can be a voice to other women,” said Segev.
Segev, a plus-sized model from Israel has been travelling to schools across the United States empowering women to love their bodies. Two years ago, she started Ray Plus after realizing that the fashion world was being rocked by women who had curves.
For years, Segev felt like she was the only one with body image insecurities, but after she began modeling she realized she had this in common with many other women. This is when she realized that beauty is not a matter of shape, but a matter of how you feel on the inside. She has been travelling throughout the United States empowering women to feel the same.
Her goal is to make women believe that beauty comes in all forms. “No one looks the same as each other, it’s really beautiful,” said Segev.
Segev refers to herself as “the 21st model,” someone who represents women of the 21st Century. She is confident in her curves and imperfections and believes all women should be. She believes that not everyone will speak english perfectly, dress the right way, or have the perfect body, which is why she is speaking up.
Segev left the audience with a final tip, “love your imperfections, it’s what makes you special.”
The event was sponsored by GW Student Alliance for Israel, the Jewish Student Association, Allied in Pride, and the Feminist Student Union.