FOR years, the fashion industry has been criticised for failing to feature models with a diverse range of bodies on the runway.

But during the swimwear show on day two of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia on Monday, Sydney label Duskii cast curvy size 12 model Bree Warren in its line-up.

“SO THIS JUST HAPPENED! First curvy bod in MBFWA,” Ms Warren wrote on Instagram on Monday.

“I feel so incredibly lucky and grateful to walk for @duskiiactive today. IT’S A NEW ERA!!!! Diversity needs to be accepted, acknowledged and encouraged,” she wrote.

While Ms Warren was the only model above a size 8 cast in the show, even the tokenistic display of body diversity was warmly welcomed.

“Real bodies and real bums, thank you @duskiiactive,” wrote one local fashion editor on Instagram.

“Loving the body diversity in the show,” another editor wrote.

The annual Swim show features swimwear looks from several Australian designers. This year brands Camp Cove Swim, Fella and Pam Pam featured alongside Duskii.

Ms Warren, from Brisbane, is technically considered a “plus-size” model, a label she says is outdated considering the average Australian woman is a size 14-16.

“I’m tall, I’m in proportion, I have wide hips, and I’m bigger than the average model but it doesn’t always translate in photos because I’m healthy and in shape,” she told Body & Soul.

“I’m the first to admit that the term ‘plus size’ is pretty silly. Unfortunately, it’s an industry term for any model over a size 10.”

She has 200,000 Instagram followers and appears on the cover of Women’s Health Australia magazine this month.

Here’s a look at some of the other swimwear designs on the runway today.

Mercedez Benz Fashion Week is being held in Sydney all week, with the majority of shows taking place at Carriageworks in Redfern.