Really, what is a plus size model?

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Paris just hosted its first plus size fashion week – they’re calling it ‘pulp’ fashion week, because it means luscious fruit.

Accolades to Paris, right? To H&M for their plus sized collection, or to any other line that’s been dedicated to the plus size model; which, up against the size 6 model, is a step forward for the world of girls and their self-esteem, right?

At the beginning of last year PLUS Model Magazine found that

Most runway models meet the body mass index criteria for anorexia … Twenty years ago, the average fashion model weighed 8 percent less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23 percent less

So, you might ask, how does the plus size model come into all of this? Well, just what is a plus size model?

A plus size model

refers to a person that models plus size clothing, which can start at size 12, depending on the source … To make it clear, Plus-size models also [engage] in work that is not strictly related to selling large-sized clothing … Therefore plus-size models do not exclusively wear garments marketed as plus-size clothing. This is especially true when participating in fashion editorials for mainstream fashion magazines.

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If not for plus size clothing, then why the plus size name – what girl really gets to feel happy referring to herself as a size 12, when, in the fashion world, this means she also gets to call herself plus size? What of the in between girl, the healthy girl? It seems she hasn’t been born to the fashion world yet, sorry.

Recently, Australian  plus size model Robyn Lawley appeared on the Today show to talk about how she was called a ‘pig’ for not having a big enough box gap on facebook.

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Well, we’ve all heard of ‘thinspiration’ and the ‘box gap’ – Lawley was slammed for not being thin enough after an image of her appeared on a ‘pro gap’ facebook page, which people seemed not to think was pro gap enough. Lawley said on the Today show that

90per cent of the comments were extremely derogatory and painful to read. I got called “pig,” “hefty,” and “too fat” — and I’m a normal girl … I’m a normal size and to be called too big and too hefty because my thigh gap wasn’t big enough, that was a horrible experience

She is a size 12 naturally.

via Mail online

It seems that this is the mentality on the rise; if you’re not thin enough, you’re not good enough – or as we are coming to see – if you’re not thin enough for the runways, that must mean you’re plus size.
While it’s great that we’re beginning to see other body shapes other than those that are size 6 in the media – what of normal representation for those girls that fall in-between? Are they supposed to either gain weight, or lose weight in order to accept their bodies?
Where are the size 8’s and 10’s who still have cellulite (who doesn’t) but aren’t thin enough to make it down the runway?

 

Certainly, when I see a model who is coined ‘plus size’ I just can’t comprehend why that was meant to make anyone feel better about their self esteem. Most of the girls I know are not bigger than a size 12 – but they certainly aren’t size 6’s either. So what about – not size 6 models – not size 22 – but maybe a good old, natural size 10? Really, why has no one ever thought of this?

They have. It just didn’t come from the fashion industry. MY BODY GALLERY, what real women look like – is  a project calling on all real women to contribute photos of themselves to help women see themselves more clearly.

You can run a search on the webpage to see what girls of certain height, age, or weight really look like.  Nice, isn’t it?

 

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