I used to live in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City, just a few blocks from an awesome running path along the Hudson River. I loved walking up on Sunday mornings in the fall, lacing up my sneaks, and getting out for a morning jog. In NYC and all over the country, running is a major hobby. I saw couples running, people taking their pooches out for a stroll, and 75-year-old ladies flying by me with “Brooklyn Marathon Finisher” shirts on. Hoping to someday be still be running when I was that old (or, really, just still be able to walk around), I would smile to myself and think that it’s awesome that so many different people enjoy running.
Now, Women’s Running magazine is taking that message – that running is for everybody – to the masses by choosing a cover girl you typically don’t typically find in a fitness magazine. Instead of a skinny, flat-chested woman, Erica Jean Schenk, a 18-year-old plus-size model graces the cover for the mag’s August issue.
“I had no idea I was going to be on the cover! I was told [after her photo shoot] that I would be on the cover,” Erica told E! News in an email. “I was initially stunned. I thought it would be a big deal but it turned out to be a MUCH bigger deal than I thought it would be!”
The size-18 model who is signed with Wilhelmina Models is welcoming all the attention, which has been largely supportive.
“I”ve had so much positive feedback. I can feel the masses begging for more. They want to be able to relate to the struggles, success, and celebration of people just like them,” she said.
Erica will be starting at Pepperdine University this fall, but we have a feeling that she has a long modeling career ahead of her.
Kudos to Erica and Women’s Running for showing that fitness doesn’t come at a size or number.
Check out more photos of Erica below.
[Images via E! News]