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Top 100 Media Trends in 2015

From Full-Figured Swimsuit Ads to Hairy Disney Princesses

— January 24, 2016 — Pop Culture
The top 2015 media trends reflect a variety of challenges made against body stereotypes this year. Today's audiences will no longer accept one body type or one sexual orientation as the norm from the media. To appeal to these progressive minds, brands are recruiting new models and brand ambassadors to promote and endorse these new ways of thinking.

Fashion is an industry typically recognized in the media for spotlighting and emphasizing a skinny or petite frame, but many brands -- both couture and contemporary -- are moving away from this. Sports Illustrated featured plus-sized model Ashley Graham in its swimsuit edition this year and other brands are prioritizing a more diverse runway.

The upcoming documentary 'A Perfect 14,' which profiles plus-sized models, also generated positive reactions from body image experts and fashion fans across the world.

Pop culture-inspired art is also being influenced by these new norms. A variety of Disney art such as the make-up free Elsa, full-figured Disney drawings and the introduction of a Latina Disney princess all point to the changing landscape.

For more insight into the ways you and your team can make use of the top 2015 media trends, check out our 2016 Trend Report.
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Downtown Adventurer Editorials
Downtown Adventurer Editorials
Jeffrey Chan Resumes His 'A Day With' Series with Terra Grantham
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98
Effortless Brazilian Editorials
Effortless Brazilian Editorials
Mariana Caldas Photographed Bárbara Magalhanis for C-Heads
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97
Quirky Gentleman Fashion
Quirky Gentleman Fashion
Marcin Dziak's Latest Photo Feature Boasts Elegant Menswear
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96
Richly Warm Fashion
Richly Warm Fashion
The Olivia Palermo ELLE Spain Editorial is Shot by Her Husband Johannes Huebel
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95
Old-School Editorial Designs
Old-School Editorial Designs
Javier Jaen Cleverly Brings Retro Imagery to Modern Publications
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94
Shapely Silhouetted Editorials
Shapely Silhouetted Editorials
Josephine van Delden Stars in Dior Magazine's Spring Issue
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93
Live Streamed Razor Unveilings
Live Streamed Razor Unveilings
Gillette Introduces Avengers Razors Online & Offline Simultaneously
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92
Modern Royalty Editorials
Modern Royalty Editorials
Riley Keough Covers the Latest Issue of Town & Country
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91
Tribal Deity Editorials
Tribal Deity Editorials
Goddess of Lust by Danny Cardozo Stars Model Patricija Zilinskaite
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90
CGI Magazine Covers
CGI Magazine Covers
The Latest Issue of Garage Mag Features Interactive Effects
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89
Trans Celebrity Docu-Series
Trans Celebrity Docu-Series
'I Am Cait' Chronicles Caitlyn Jenner's Transition into Her New Normal
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88
Shape-Shifting Androgynous Editorials
Shape-Shifting Androgynous Editorials
Manuela Frey Stars in the Elle UK March Issue
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87
Sunny Springtime Editorials
Sunny Springtime Editorials
Alena Blohm Stars in the April Issue of Elle Russia
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86
Fierce Circus Fashion
Fierce Circus Fashion
Luigi & Iango Capture an Edgy Editorial for the Latest Vogue Germany Issue
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85
Haute Couture Selfies
Haute Couture Selfies
The Saskia de Brauw Interview Magazine Editorial is Elegantly Eccentric
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84
Sporty Swimwear Editorials
Sporty Swimwear Editorials
Josephine Skriver Embraces an Urban Beach Look for Vanity Fair Italia
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83
Casually Chic Editorials
Casually Chic Editorials
Actress Shay Mitchell Poses for Yahoo! Style’s Latest Fashion Feature
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82
Pastel Resort Editorials
Pastel Resort Editorials
Grace Bol Stars in the February Issue of W Magazine
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81
Sun-Soaked Swimwear Editorials
Sun-Soaked Swimwear Editorials
Bar Refaeli Stars in the Latest Marie Claire Czech Cover Shoot
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80
Exorbitant Luxury Editorials
Exorbitant Luxury Editorials
Marcelia Freesz Stars in Marie Claire Brazil's February Issue
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79
Romantic Stroll Editorials
Romantic Stroll Editorials
Zuzana Gregorova and Filip Hrivnak are a Loving Couple in ELLE Czech
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78
Human Rights Film Festivals
Human Rights Film Festivals
JAYU is a Toronto Organization Aiming to Empower Communities
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77
Steamy Honeymoon Editorials
Steamy Honeymoon Editorials
Cameron Russell and Luke Grimes Star in the Vogue US February Issue
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76
Dreamy Wedding Editorials
Dreamy Wedding Editorials
Bazaar Latin America's Latest Issue Stars Model Emily Sanko
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75
Layered 70s Fashion
Layered 70s Fashion
Behati Prinsloo Showcases Retro Fall Looks in Vogue China
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74
Magical Sisterhood Editorials
Magical Sisterhood Editorials
This Sugarhigh Lovestoned Editorial Features a Pair of Best Friends
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73
White Swimsuit Editorials
White Swimsuit Editorials
Mariana Coldebella Stars in the Latest Issue of Woman Madame Figaro
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72
Playful Ladylike Fashion
Playful Ladylike Fashion
The Harper's Bazaar Korea June Cover Stars Barbara Palvin
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71
Warrior Princess Editorials
Warrior Princess Editorials
Marina Perez is Decked Out in Tribal Jewelry for Tabat Magazine
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70
Tech Chic Cover Shoots
Tech Chic Cover Shoots
Garage Magazine Stars Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Joan Smalls and More
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69
Glamorous Mennonite Editorials
Glamorous Mennonite Editorials
Victoria Beckham Stars in Vogue Australia's Latest Issue
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68
Sultry Seaside Editorials
Sultry Seaside Editorials
Tantalum Magazine‘s Ibizenca Story Stars Jelena Kovacic
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67
Wearable Headphone Screens
Wearable Headphone Screens
The Mask Personal Movie Theater by Dashbon is Extremely Portable
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66
Realistic Video Game Heroines
Realistic Video Game Heroines
This Series Showcases Video Game Characters with Realistic Bodies
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65
Tropical Holiday Editorials
Tropical Holiday Editorials
Lara Stone Stars in Vogue China's February Issue
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64
Vanguard Sportswear Editorials
Vanguard Sportswear Editorials
Florian Joahn Captures This Monochromatic and Edgy Portrait Series
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63
Urban Warrior Editorials
Urban Warrior Editorials
Anna Haftenberger Dons Her Armor in L'Officiel Ukraine's April Issue
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62
Immaculate Toga Editorials
Immaculate Toga Editorials
Josephine Le Tutour is Wonderful in White for Vogue China's May Issue
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61
Richly Tropical Editorials
Richly Tropical Editorials
Paradise Lost by Aorta is Elegantly Exotic for Schon Magazine
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60
Model Diversity Documentaries
Model Diversity Documentaries
A Perfect 14 is an Upcoming Documentary on Plus-Size Modelling
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59
Eclectic Rocker Fashion
Eclectic Rocker Fashion
Wonderland magazine's The Bubble Witches Story is Psychedelic
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58
Drowsy Domestic Editorials
Drowsy Domestic Editorials
This Club Petanque Editorial Depicts a Perfect Day at Home
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57
Contemporary Disney Princesses
Contemporary Disney Princesses
These Casual Disney Princesses Look Like Modern Day Teenagers
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56
Elegantly Casual Editorials
Elegantly Casual Editorials
Olivia Palermo Stars in the April 2015 Cover Story for ELLE Vietnam
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55
Elegant Poolside Editorials
Elegant Poolside Editorials
The Ana Beatriz Barros L’Officiel Russia Cover Shoot is Glamorous
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54
Comparable Couple Editorials
Comparable Couple Editorials
Edie Campbell Stars in the March Issue of Vogue UK
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53
Dark Ethereal Fashion
Dark Ethereal Fashion
Hunter & Gatti Capture a Sci-Fi Chic Anna Jagodzinska for HGIssue
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52
Boho Swimsuit Editorials
Boho Swimsuit Editorials
The Latest Issue of Myself Germany Features 'Hippie Holiday' Outfits
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51
Blazing Crimson Editorials
Blazing Crimson Editorials
Vanessa Moody Stars in the Vogue Germany February Issue
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50
Costumed Wonderland Editorials
Costumed Wonderland Editorials
Dani Witt and Co. Wear Many Different Masks for Harper's Bazaar UK
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49
Urban Wanderer Editorials
Urban Wanderer Editorials
Guen Fiore Photographed This Gorgeous Editorial for C-Heads
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48
Sensual Vampire Editorials
Sensual Vampire Editorials
HGIssue Pays Tribute to The Viper Room with Crystal Renn
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47
Seaside Denim Editorials
Seaside Denim Editorials
Alisa Ahmann Stars in Vogue Japan's March Issue
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46
Empowering Coloring Books
Empowering Coloring Books
The Super Strong Princess Coloring Book Breaks Down Gender Norms
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45
Sibling Dress-Up Editorials
Sibling Dress-Up Editorials
Lindsey L33 Took Photos of Sisters Playing Dress-Up for C-Heads
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44
Elegantly Picturesque Editorials
Elegantly Picturesque Editorials
The Lily Donaldson Harper Bazaar's UK Photoshoot is Like the Wind
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43
Pierced Disney Princesses
Pierced Disney Princesses
This Series Depicts the Iconic Heroines with Septum Piercings
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42
Retro Bodysuit Editorials
Retro Bodysuit Editorials
The Kendall Jenner Allure Cover Shoot is Luxuriously Steamy
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41
Layered Floral Editorials
Layered Floral Editorials
Ondria Hardin Stars in the March Issue of Vogue Japan
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40
Youthful Summer Fashion
Youthful Summer Fashion
Chloe Grace Moretz's Latest Role is as Vogue Girl Korea's Cover Girl
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39
Pot-Bellied Disney Princes
Pot-Bellied Disney Princes
These Illustrations Depict the Iconic Princes with Realistic Bodies
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38
Surrealistic Fashion Campaigns
Surrealistic Fashion Campaigns
The New Issue of Printed Pages Showcases Art from Kenzo Campaigns'
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37
90s Raver Fashion
90s Raver Fashion
Model Angela Longton Puts a Playful Spin on a Retro Partier Look
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36
Geeky Parody Art Murals
Geeky Parody Art Murals
These Massive Removable Art Posters are Perfect for a Nerdy Aesthetic
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35
Retro Automobile Editorials
Retro Automobile Editorials
Ben Bernschneider Photographed His First Editorial for C-Heads
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34
Exorbitantly Gothic Editorials
Exorbitantly Gothic Editorials
Eliza Cummings stars in Mixte Magazine's Spring/Summer Issue
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33
Bold Bodysuit Editorials
Bold Bodysuit Editorials
The Ciara Vanity Fair Italia Photoshoot is Fashionably Body Conscious
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32
Romantic Park Editorials
Romantic Park Editorials
The Latest Issue of Harper’s Bazaar Netherlands is Summery and Sapphic
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31
Desert Metallic Fashion
Desert Metallic Fashion
Stylist Arabia Captures Model Paulina in Edgy Shimmering Pieces
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30
Shadowy Selfhood Portraits
Shadowy Selfhood Portraits
Daniel Gonzales Photographed Maria Antonia for C-Heads
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29
Faceless Disney Princesses
Faceless Disney Princesses
These Illustrations Depict the Iconic Princesses Without Faces
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28
Dramatic Couture Editorials
Dramatic Couture Editorials
Model Nadja Auermann is an Elegant Vision in Vanity Fair France
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27
Superhero-Inspired Typography
Superhero-Inspired Typography
This Quirky Alphabet Series Draws on Popular Comic Book Characters
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26
Bohemian Rebellion Editorials
Bohemian Rebellion Editorials
Michelle Barton Photographs Jenny Parry for C-Heads
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25
Apocalyptic Menswear Editorials
Apocalyptic Menswear Editorials
The Lonely Planet Story Highlights Monochromatic Fashions for Men
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24
Latina Disney Princesses
Latina Disney Princesses
Princess Elena of Avalor is Disney's Newest Character
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23
Cozy Cottaging Editorials
Cozy Cottaging Editorials
Jack Belli Photographed Kayslee Collins for a C-Heads Exclusive
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22
Plastic Mask Runways
Plastic Mask Runways
The AW15 Undercover Plastic Surgery Runway Screams Youthful Beauty
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21
Soft Sensual Editorials
Soft Sensual Editorials
The Jennifer Lopez Complex Cover Shoot Features Plunging Necklines
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20
Lustful Leather Editorials
Lustful Leather Editorials
The Vogue Germany March Issue Stars Anna Ewers
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19
Celebrity Swimsuit Editorials
Celebrity Swimsuit Editorials
The Jessica Alba Shape Cover Shoot is Fiercely Fit
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18
Hungover Disney Princesses
Hungover Disney Princesses
This Series Captures the Iconic Princesses After One Too Many Drinks
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17
Desert Flower Editorials
Desert Flower Editorials
Kristine Froseth Stars in Numero Tokyo's May Issue
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16
Flower Power Editorials
Flower Power Editorials
Hollie-May Saker Stars in Marie Claire Italia's February Issue
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15
Full-Figured Swimsuit Ads
Full-Figured Swimsuit Ads
Ashley Graham is the First Plus-Sized Model in Sports Illustrated
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14
Disney Villain Face Swaps
Disney Villain Face Swaps
This Series Portrays Different Characters as Disney Villains
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13
Full-Figured Disney Princesses
Full-Figured Disney Princesses
This Artist Reimagines Disney Heroines as Plus-Size Princesses
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12
Retro Summer Camp Editorials
Retro Summer Camp Editorials
Kristina Yenko Photographs a 70s-Themed Shoot for C-Heads
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11
Beauty Blunder Editorials
Beauty Blunder Editorials
Ola Rudnicka Stars in the February Issue of Vogue Italia
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10
Wild Child Roadtrip Editorials
Wild Child Roadtrip Editorials
Ian Maddox Photographed a Wild Roadtrip Exclusively for C-Heads
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9
Life-Like Disney Princes
Life-Like Disney Princes
This Series Transforms the Iconic Disney Princes into Realistic Images
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8
Sensual Vintage Editorials
Sensual Vintage Editorials
Photographer Hana Haley Shoots Kota in an Exclusive C-Heads Editorial
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7
Distorted Fashion Photography
Distorted Fashion Photography
Asger Carlsen Puts His Own Spin on Resort Fashion for The Cut
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6
Hippie Revival Editorials
Hippie Revival Editorials
Elisabeth Erm is a Bohemian Hippie for Vogue Russia's February Issue
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5
Pop Culture-Inspired Graffiti
Pop Culture-Inspired Graffiti
This French Artist Turns Pop Culture Icons into Amusing Street Art
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4
Realistic Disney Villains
Realistic Disney Villains
This Series Explores What Iconic Villains Would Look Like in Real Life
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3
Glamorously Graphic Editorials
Glamorously Graphic Editorials
The Adriana Lima Vogue Mexico Cover Shoot is Full of Bold Fashion
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2
Hairy Disney Princesses
Hairy Disney Princesses
These Illustrations Add Realistic Body Hair to Iconic Disney Princesses
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1
Makeup-Free Disney Princesses
Makeup-Free Disney Princesses
These Illustrations Depict the Iconic Princesses Without Any Makeup
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