Stop Exploiting Plus Size Women, Fashion Magazines!

Lately, every fashion magazine on the newsstands has had some variation of a plus size model photo spread. Editors claim to be celebrating the real American woman, but we know it’s just a feeble attempt to boost sales and save their dying businesses.

Being a plus sized girl myself, I’m torn on the whole trend. On the one hand, it’s great to see women with a little meat on their bones (or any meat on their bones, for that matter) displayed so beautifully across the pages of my favorite fashion mags. It’s refreshing to finally be able to look at a fashion spread and see how clothing really looks on real people. People like me.

On the other hand, though, focusing entire spreads and features on plus sized women seems a little exploitative. It’s as if the magazines are saying, “See! We like fat people, too!” And if their goal, as they state, is to change the way we view beauty and really represent the real women living and shopping in this country, they’re going about it all wrong.

In a country where the average woman is a size 14, it should not be a novelty to have plus size women modeling in high fashion magazines. It should not be some special feature added to an issue to prove that women can be sexy and beautiful over a size 4. It should be the norm. Because these women, regardless of their size, are beautiful; their weight should not matter. Pulling those women aside and using them to make some positive statement about body image only does the opposite.

If magazine editors really want to make a change, a necessary change, in the way people view beauty, it’s time to stop treating plus sized models as if they are some sort of rare item and treat them the same as they do every other model. Put them in every fashion story. Shoot them for every fashion spread. Put them in haute couture next to the size zero models and just let them be.

Don’t draw attention to their size. Don’t shoot them naked to show off their beauty. Stop using them to make some grand statement that “they’re beautiful too,” and start treating them with the same respect and awe that you give every other model.

The majority of women reading these magazines are closer to a size 14 than they are to a size zero so stop acting like we are somehow beneath you and the skinny girls and treat us as we deserve to be treated: as normal, beautiful, fabulous women.

[The ladies over at Lemondrop are also seeing a majorly mixed message in this new trend: “Doesn’t it strike you as slightly insulting that the average American woman is being represented by “plus-size models,” while real-life plus-size women aren’t being represented at all?” Check out their take on things.]



  1. dora says:

    I totally agree!

    Magazines are being so ridiculous by thinking that people should be praising them for featuring plus size models as a "special" story when it's the contrary! Why is it so hard for regular models and "plus size" models to coexist? Come on now.

  2. TheBritishGuy says:

    It's marketing ballocks as usual.

    I mean the problem with these magazines has never been that they promote a thin image the crux of the problem is they promote an image as being the right one.

    There is no right image and by forcing a different image on people they aren't doing anybody any favours just following the same screwed up principles.

    It's kind of like a two party voting system. If both candidates are morons your screwed either way.

  3. Lauren says:

    This was a great spread in this months Glamour mag! It featured Crystal Renn but did not mention anything about being curvy or plus size. They could have easily used a size 2 model for this shoot but they didnt. It is great. She looks like a REAL person!! Hope to see more of this in the future.

  4. Andi says:

    I think you make a valid point that the models should be more of the norm. However, even super skinny models are nude in shoots for their beauty – it's not like only larger ladies have to suffer that!

  5. Tamara says:

    I agree with Lauren, this article is just what it should be. And the model displayed there is not overweight, she's ridiculously sexy and more important, she is healthy. I'd like to make a comment on that.

    Some time ago I read in this very blog a similar article, and there was this girl who claimed she was healthier at a size 0 than at size 2 or 4, and something that one can be healthy at any size. If you want to, ask a doctor: that is just not true. I eat like a normal girl (maybe even a bit more) and work out without overdoing it, and still, I'm always a little below the healthy range according to my doctor and I have to gain that weight. Sames go with women who are clinically overweight; no matter how healthy your lifestyle is, if your not in your right weight, there are risks. Here in South America three models died of heart attacks in the last years, and that is not common in young people unless their health is particularly fragile.

    The problem is that people confuse what the media call "plus-size" (or the mean people "fat") with being medically overweight and "fit" with what the media show us as "fit" (girls who mostly starve theirselves instead of hitting the gym). All the "plus-size" girls featured in the article you copied (I think I recognize Whithney for ANTM, good for her!) look healthy, not fat, not big: healthy. Compare them to Kate Moss.

    So I'm sorry, but I'm not a size-relativist; I think size 0 girls should actually be banned from the media. That is unrealistic, but it is the only way there could be some actual change.

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  8. Tamara says:

    I wouldn't talk about sizes, because that just depends on the shop or the country (and I don't live in the USA). But BMI is calculated using weight and height, so no, you can not be healthy at any weight. You might be a healthy size 0 if you're very short, my younger sister is sort of like that; but there is no way a super tall model can be healthy at that same weight, with a much lower BMI. That's what I'm talking about: runway models are not healthy size 0 girls, though you might be if you're very short.

  9. Casey says:

    Ok, now I understand what you're talking about. I thought you meant people in general can't be healthy at any weight, when you meant an individual can't be healthy at any weight. Got it, my bad.

    But I do know lots of very tall girls who weigh the same as me and were born that way. For some girls it is very hard to gain weight.

  10. S says:

    i think it'd sort of defeat the purpose. the point of glam magazines is not to be politically correct but to display something that's unattainable and what people can strive for, "perfection". the models are supposed to be airbrushed to death because it's a fantasy. it's not a news magazine.

  11. Casey says:

    First, about the article, I agree that they should feature plus size and regular models together, because while the average size might be a 14, we’re not lacking in smaller girls, and featuring both, together, gives something to everyone, of all sizes, without making anyone feel left out.

    I also saw the spread in this months glamour, and as a natural size 2 the spread didn’t appeal to me. I’m not that big, not even close, and so I couldn’t relate to the spread at all, and didn’t find any of the clothes or outfits appealing, since I couldn’t tell what they would look like on me.

    I guess this is what plus sized girls, experience. And yes, I’m using plus size, not “normal size” to describe them because for some of us a size 2 IS normal, there is no universal normal.

    Which brings me to Tamara comment, You may be referring to me because I remember writing a similar comment on a similar post, but you’re wrong. Just because a certain weight nay not be healthy for you, doesn’t mean it isn’t for someone else. Everyone’s bodies are different and we are all healthiest at different sizes. It’s your BMI that matters, not just your weight. My healthiest BMI leaves me between a size 0 and a size 2, any larger and I would be considered overweight. I’ve never worn anything larger than a 4 in my life, and that’s when I don’t exercise and eat very poorly. I’m short, and my body is just naturally really small. So yes, a person can be healthiest at a size 0-4. Just because it’s not the “average size” doesn’t mean it’s not healthy. An “average size” is made up of every walk of life, and is likely skewed because of, obese people. In America there is such a problem with obesity that it’s no wonder the “average size” is a 14. When we have so many people that fall to one end of the spectrum or the other the “average” likely isn’t an accurate representation.

    I work in retail, and have worked in two different malls, with 4 very different companies, and have seen countless people from every walk of life. And the sizes that sell out the most in every store I’ve worked in are the, not smallest, but smaller sizes, and in one company I have worked for they have even stopped making their largest size because they weren’t selling enough of them. I see way more skinny people than I see larger people, so I’d like to know what the “normal” size is, not just the “average” size.

  12. A.C. says:

    S- No. Just no. Fashion magazines are just what their titles say- fashion. And if all they do is show size 0s, what are they saying? They're saying that if you're not a size 0, you're not fashionable, nor attractive. Glam magazines aren't supposed to show the unattainable, they're supposed to show inspiration and outlets for new ideas of what or how to wear clothes, hair and makeup. Just because it's not a news mag doesn't mean it shouldn't have to portray accurate images of what goes on in the world, which is to say girls that don't have to starve themselves in order to be considered "fashionable"

  13. BrieCheese says:

    I am glad somebody sees this my way too. Whenever I see spreads on the "other" sizes, it makes me so mad! It just seems like such a juxtaposition to the supposed intention of the feature. I may not be one to talk about plus sizes, blah, blah, blah, but I believe that just because somebody is "different" does not mean he/she deserves special treatment (good or bad). This spread had fully demonstrated special treatment towards the plus size models and made it all such a ginormous deal. We are all beautiful, no exceptions, period.

  14. Tamara says:

    Casey – I know for some girls it is hard to gain weight, I'm kinda one of that girls (I eat everything I want and still am 2 or 3 kg below my healthy weight). I was just trying to make the point that you can't be healthy at any weight; in my country 15% of the teenagers have an eating disorder, and I know obesity is a very big problem in yours. That's why I think we should all be clear about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a healthy weight, and not just say "This is my body and I can't change it".

    About this perfection thing, who says there is something like a perfect body, or if there is, who says there should be? If there is actually something like that, I think it would be a healthy body, and nothing else. A body you need to hurt to achieve can never be a perfect one.

  15. Bijou says:

    I do not agree, being a woman of fashion and being a woman of Paris I find this absolutely absurd, I find a woman at all sizes can be beautiful but when it comes to the fashion industry, big is a big no-no. Plus size models are fine, but not for High Fashion or Haute Couture! I hope you do realize that as a model you are supposed to be a living, breathing mannequin or hanger, your supposed to show the clothes, not your body. Hence the reason runway models are tall and skinny, because the clothes drape on them like a hanger, but put a plus size model in a couture gown and all your going to get is a stuffed sausage, that does not do the gown justice! the only thing I agree on is that using plus size girls as a way to pitch sales is crude but other than that, plus size models do not belong in the fashion industry but that also does not mean I support the anorexic form of modeling. And if you have a problem with us skinny, healthy women being pasted all throughout the fashion magazines then go make a fashion magazine for the fat.

  16. Holly says:

    Tamara is a hater.

    | I think size 0 girls should actually be banned from the media.

    Really? So instead of discriminating against fat women, we're going to be discriminating against skinny ones? Do you realize how hurtful that statement is? In an ideal world, all different sizes of women who are healthy would be in a magazine together. No one should be banned, and if anyone is suffering from an eating disorder, they should be helped, not ridiculed.

    I don't agree with all that Bijou said, but she has explained why models are skinny. It's not because they are seen as more attractive – the hourglass is actually more attractive regardless of what size you are (ie: Marilyn Monroe). It's just because clothes hang better on them – you are showing off the clothes, not the women. Fashion shoots focusing on plus size models are completely missing the point.

    However, that only applies to high fashion. If you are going to have a photo shoot depicting normal women in normal situations, with street ready clothes instead of impractical runway creations, you should have a variety of women because that is more relatable.

  17. Nikki says:

    Great article…

    it kindof reminds me of that saying "it's not about creating special treatment, but treating everyone specially"

    Every woman is beautiful,and I think alot of women are starting to figure that out in their own way…

    However i agree with most of the people on here when they say its all a bunch of marketing bullshit.. because we all know how everyone in the 'fashion' business berates and insults "plus size women"…

    Even calling them plus size is annoying to me!! why can't we just have "models"..

    I mean look at other professions.. do we have "plus size" doctors, dentists, hairdressers etc?? no! How stupid would that be.. oh what do you do for a living. oh i'm a plus size doctor… uhh what?! Give me a break people.

  18. Tamara says:

    Holly: I'm not saying that I hate size 0 models. I'm saying unhealthy people shouldn't be featured in magazines as if unhealthy was beatiful. It's not about discriminating; it's about the message the media are sending to vulnerable teenage girls. Of course I think people with eating disorders need and deserve help and attention: but that doesn't mean they should be fashion models. Like it or not, fashion models are not just about fashion: they're some sort of role models, what women want to be. And women shouldn't wanna be sick.

    And there are no absoluts in beauty: you might think clothes looks better on super skinny girls, some might think different.

  19. Syd says:

    @Tamara, regarding this "and there was this girl who claimed she was healthier at a size 0 than at size 2 or 4, and something that one can be healthy at any size. If you want to, ask a doctor: that is just not true. "

    Shut up. You aren't her doctor, and as a girl who is naturally small, I can tell you, she may VERY well be healthy at that size. Sure, I'm a little bigger than a size zero (probably a 2 or 4), but I know girls who are honestly smaller than me regardless of what they eat. They may also be SHAPED different (I have a big butt….had I a flat ass, I might be a size zero). Also, consider her age or height. Were I shorter, I'd probably be a size zero. I was a size zero when I was a bit younger. I may be about a size four NOW, but a mere year and a half ago, I could have worn a size zero, depending. Not all size zeros have eating disorders. Just because YOU SPECIFICALLY can't be a size zero doesn't mean that you should treat them like they have no reason to exist. God damn, the shitstorm that whips up every time someone says 'then shop at Torrid/Lane Bryant' when a bigger girl whines about a specific store not carrying her size, but it's totally okay for you, some random person on the internet who doesn't have a medical degree and has never seen the person in question, to tell her she's healthy or not, and say that thin women should be removed from their jobs? Yeah, that will REALLY help the size acceptance.

  20. Tamara says:


    I already cleared this with Cassie. If she is short and young, I'm perfectly sure she can be a healthy size 0. I'm just saying most runway models, who are super super tall, can not be healthy size 0 because her BMI would be much lower, and that is not healthy. Don't we remember? In Europe they banned half the models booked for a show because there BMI was lower than 16.

    And not every size should be accepted and loved: unhealthy ones (anorexic and obese) should be HELPED. So I don't think unhealthyly skinny models should be fired; they should be helped into a body that's better for themselves and ALL THE VULNERABLE TEENAGERS WATCHING.

  21. Syd says:

    Teenagers need to grow up and get real role models. A teenager who is affected so heavily by the way a fashion model looks needs help already, and it ISN'T the model's fault. If the model has an eating disorder, she should be helped because she needs it, not because a bunch of bubbleheaded morons are idolizing her.

    And you don't need a BMI of 16 to be a size zero. Not only is BMI a shit way to determine health (as is arbitrary women's clothing sizes. Seriously, a zero in some places is as large as a six elsewhere, and can vary from season to season in even the same store), but my BMI has never been lower than 18, though I have worn a size 0 in my life. And I'm not especially short, either. And now that I am not quite so thin, still, I don't feel the need to demonize anyone who has the nerve to be smaller than me.

    Your point may be that idolizing bad eating habits is unhealthy, but you've got a pretty horrible way of backing it up.

  22. Tamara says:

    That is, indeed, my point: idolizing bad habits is unhealthy. If you agree with that, then our disagreement is neither that big or that important.

  23. Syd says:

    It is, because the way you go about it is not only wrong, it's flat our cruel. I am not saying we should idolize anorexic models. However, I'm also saying that judging everyone who isn't obese as 'anorexic,' as our society is wont to do, is pretty harmful and your tone and words were doing more harm than good. Yes, we may have the same opinion on things, except you're backing it up with things that aren't true.

  24. morgan says:

    my mom is a plus sized beautiful irish woman and i'm 5'3" and have never been over 114 in my life, she's what i consider plus size but she's always been plus size so i never logically thought in my head to call her that. i think we should stop labeling them by their weight size. my mom is so beautiful with all of her freckles and how you can always tell when she's mad cause her skin changes to red in a second, i'd rather look at these woman for that than for how much they weigh. and every girl who's small isn't anorexic, i love food, reeses peanut butter cups cereal and i got along great this morning in fact. we just need to stop labeling people, period.

  25. Holly says:

    I'm in the minority here, but back in middle/high school, I was one of those "vulnerable teenage girls" who had a scrawny body and hated it. I didn't look like a model (braces hell yeah) nor did I have any semblance of womanly curves and it was a painful time in my life. Everyone was always telling me to put meat on my bones, which was meant jokingly but was actually hurtful. I ate like any healthy teenager, but I still didn't put on any weight.

    There needs to be a VARIETY of models. Plus size models, skinny models, and everyone in between, because EVERYONE needs the sort of validation you get from seeing models who resemble you.

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  27. asiont says:

    ok, anorectic models are not healty looking, but plus size women are not either! and obesity shouldn't be promoted in media because it does not lead to anything good.

    when it comes to BMI, it is very misleading sometimes, mine is under 18 and I eat whatever I want and I AM a healthy person. people are different, so are their bodies

  28. Jessica says:

    I think its a shame that 1) "plus size" in modeling is usually a size 12 or 14 and 2) some people believe that can't do couture. Allow me to point you to the following link where a magazine put a model and a 'plus size' model together in the same photoshoot, with similar clothes, doing similar poses. Personally I think the 'plus sized gal' rocked it harder.

  29. EmilyKennedy says:

    Lauren, I totally agree. It's frustrating for all sizes that only size 0-2 is acceptable. All sizes, from 0 to 28 deserve representation, and it should be equitable representation. Size is a bell curve like so many other things. There are more beautiful people in the middle, with tiny and biggest the being outliers, than most media ever show. Always telling the story from the outlier's point of view is skewed and unfair.

  30. Loxy says:

    And why do fashion magazines feel that covering the plus-size crew is representative of the whole population? As a size 8-10, where are my role models? It's like they think by doing a plus-size spread every few months, we can't complain with their use of size 0s the rest of the time.

    Pretty girls come in all shapes and sizes. Show that.

  31. bla says:

    jesus guys, do you even realize how obsessed everyone here seems to be with weight and sizes? for god's sake, food is dominating our lives and THAT is what's wrong with us, whether your skinny or big or anything in between. Obesity as well as any other form of eating disorders could only evolve because we let a stupid thing like food take control. did anyone ever go as crazy about breathing, peeing or the respiratory chain? it's a natural requirement for staying alive, so eat when you'r hungry, and work out so you stay in shape an healthy. Otherwise ur gonna die of either starvation or arteriosclerosis and its consequences. seriously, there are so many much more important thing in life.

  32. Erika says:

    I am so sick of hearing about how 'discrimated against' big girls are. If anything the 'skinny anorexic looking' girls are the ones that get the worst feedback. Think about all the gossip & rumors that are spread about already skinny girls or bigger girls who lost weight. People will say you either have an eating disorder, a drug problem or are completely insecure & are 'conforming to society by losing weight to look like a model'. This isn't just from your peers but a lot of parents & teachers assume there's something wrong when someone loses a significant amount of weight, especially in high school & college..I'm not at all saying that bigger girls never get teased or judged, but they don't have the right to complain about how they're treated when they don't look 'healthy' either.

    The problem with plus size modeling is that it's only proving that people have too much of a problem separating entertainment from reality. Everything from t.v,movies to tabloids & catalogues is airbrushed now anyway so none of the "normal sized" women actually look like what's being shown. I don't want to see someones love handles when Im trying to buy a bikini, I want to see it looking the best it can on whatever size that is.

    Larger women do get represented by clothing companies that make larger sized clothes. They have entire stores dedicated to bigger women & there's no problem with that, so why is there a problem with the fashion industry displaying clothes that are made for smaller women on models that are that size?

    What Casey said about smaller sizes being the ones that sell is completely true. I've worked in retail for 3 years & the only sizes that don't sell out & are continually marked down in clearance are the bigger sizes because those, despite what some say, are not 'normal' sizes. I don't care what anyone says a size 10 or 12 is never healthy, if it were the woman would have to be about 9ft tall. If you're overweight get on a diet & go to the gym,stop trying to make it acceptable for you to not have the discipline & restraint to get down to a healthy size.

    If you have a good body that you work hard for then you should be allowed to show it off. Supermodels are generally extremely disciplined & have really intense workout schedules that they work with doctors & trainers to be thin & healthy, they're sitting around starving themselves. If you've got it flaunt it.

    1. kelly says:

      extremely disciplined, right. That's why you always hear stories, that many models faint and dye on stage or backstage from their quote on quote healthy diets. Some , not all, are malnourished. Your heart is a muscle and if you don't eat, your body eats up your muscle, which eventually means your heart. I hate that people think bigger girls are not normal, I'm sorry do you skinny girls have something we don't. Big girls are beautiful regardless of your and people like you's view of even size 10-12 not normal.

  33. Lains says:

    Eh…I think if plus-size women are going to be included, so should the ones that are not plus-size but rather fall into all sizes! Size 6 is underrepresented.

    But that said, I think that if magazines want to target the "average" woman they should go for shorter models, not thicker ones. I'm not saying I don't know any women over 5'5", but most fall between 5'0" and 5'5".

    Because I tend to look at fashion magazines as "these women are airbrushed and far thinner than me" anyway, I view things like weight as not that big of a problem. That said, I'm not plus-size. As a 5'3" lady I find it more annoying to see clothes that look awesome on tall, 5'10" girls, but when I try something similar myself I just look silly! Like I'm wearing my (nonexistent) big sister's clothes.

  34. S says:

    i don't understand why magazines are supposed to represent something in the first place. they're a reflection of the popular culture – what is found to be attractive. in this century (and the last), most people find skinnier people attractive. in rubens era it was different, but we're living in 2010. it's sort of like asking Peoples magazine to write about walmart workers because "normal" people are not siginificant or successful. do we want to show mediocrity everywhere? i'd rather look at someone's toned body in a magazine, if i want to see regular people i can go outside…

  35. President4Life says:

    The average American woman is fat, so why should we be representing that?

    I mean, Kate Moss might be too skinny, but that doesn't mean that glorifying Monique is the answer, right?

    You can't make something as superficial as modeling profound. It is inherently shallow. If all body types have to be represented, then there is no point in modeling is there? I, by no means am a model, but I don't cry because there aren't men who look like me in magazines. I'm a little shorter and rounder than the average male model, but that's cool, because there are other things I am good at, where I'm not judged on my looks.

    Models, just like anybody else who's job depends on the way they look SHOULD not be held to the same standard as everyone else, just like athletes shouldn't be expected to "represent realistic body types". They are better at their job because

    A. God blessed them with the genetic tools needed to be a successful model(height, metabolism, bone structure, facial features)


    B. They were willing to work hard enough on their own bodies to attain their goal.

    That's just like a boxer, who cuts weight in order to get in the ring.

    That's life everybody. Everybody's not made to do everything. Everybody's not beautiful, just like everybody's not smart, or everybody can't sing, or dance.

    Just find what you are good at and stop focusing on bullshit you can't control. No matter what your body type is, there's somebody out there who'll find you attractive. And isn't that really all that matters? Does EVERYBODY have to find you attractive for you to be happy?

  36. snhamlett says:

    Ya know, I just made a very similar comment on a link to the Glamour plus sized issue that my friend posted on FB. Heck, I'll just copy it here instead of rewriting:

    "I read about the issue coming out but never saw it… I love that they featured these models, but the real question to me is why they aren't mixing these women in all the time? It's so dang hypocritical to me for them to pull together models for one issue, but go back to business as usual after that… blech, this is why I read fashion blogs and not magazines."

  37. Caitlin says:

    Call me crazy, but all these (no matter what size) models are all TALL. I feel like to have a true spectrum of models, they should consider height as well. I'm 4'11" and like with plus size women getting the message skinny is beautiful, short girls like me are bombarded with really really tall models in these magazines and it says only being tall is considered beautiful. Of course I know better, but it would be nice to see all types of women featured; tall and skinny, tall and "plus size", short and skinny like me, and short and "plus size". Also, I find it disheartening to see the comments dissing size 0. I'm actually smaller than a 0 purely because of my height I can't help that, just like someone else can't help being an average size 12. So instead of attacking the other side, I think pointing out the many positives of featuring other types of women in these magazines would ring better. Just my two cents.

  38. Trisiana says:

    Oh ye gods! Beauty can be anything, but it's important that you're healthy. A healthy body that is smaller and lighter can be just as healthy as a taller and heavier build. The problem is that people associate beauty with high fashion when it's not about the girl–it's about the clothes. Sometimes it is not healthy to be that small and sometimes it is depending on your body, but when people strive to be something that is not healthy for their body whether it be an unhealthy high weight or an unhealthy low weight then something needs to happen to stop that.

    Different cultures all associate different things as beautiful and push bodies to the extreme of that standard. Unfortunately, that extreme can deadly sometimes.

  39. Tamara says:

    I'm sorry if some of the thing I said in this topic came out wrong. I've thought about this, and I realize I come from a vary different background; I'm from South America, but I've been to the States. I realize your country has an obesity issue, and looking at the food you talk about in this blog(fried chicke, bacon for breakfast! Unthinkable stuff here), preety bad eating habits. I'm sort of a thin average girl in my country, while being told I was ridiculously small in yours (being 19 people thought I was 15). In Argentina, most girls are underweight and think they still have weight to loose (because they are not as underweight as models are). So here the message needs to be: eat healthy, being underweight is as bad as being underweight. Maybe you guys need a different message.

  40. Georgina says:

    I like that they had plus size girls in a fashion magazine,but i don't like the fact that they have to be so naked.Theres barley any clothing at all. If they really want to show off plus size beauty they should put them in clothes they usually don't sell to plus size girls. Clothes that we full figured girls would love to be in. Thats what i would like to see,not hey look at these fat girls being all naked. Respect them for their curves.They need to start making clothes we actually want to wear,clothes that a skinny girl would wear to. I mean i would love to wear half the stuff in forever 21,but only a small section is for plus size and they clothes aren't all that. HEY FASHION ALL THE CLOTHES YOU MAKE SHOULD BE FOR EVERY SIZE:P

  41. Kel D says:

    It is interesting that most of that the 2 spreads that are getting a lot of "press" happen to have these "real size" women pretty much naked. Another interesting thing is that the modeling industry is calling these regular misses size 12 – 16 models plus size. As a real plus size person I take offense to that. And this Crystal Ren who is not a real plus size is the key model for Lane Bryant and other plus size stores. When will they get it right?

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  43. Aunjerli says:

    For near decades we have fought as photogrpahers, fashion to glamour to gain a place for the plus size model.Now you find it by majority exploitation and disgusting.

    On some of your points –

    1. Pretty much naked/lingerie is NOT NAKED – if you ever shower this is noticable.

    2. These models are now making money.Instead of type caste as too large. they now have options and if you spoke to them post shoot with money in their purses they would tell you to take a flying leap.

    How many are professional model and photogrpahers here? Some are but novices having to defend their position. In our industry 98% are wannnabees and are there to moan.

    If I set up a shoot for aclient and it is nude and I have to spend over 1200+ just to get a good location MUA/hair/transport/lingerie/jewellry/external wardrobe/costumes for period costume pieces wardrobe/food/additional accom/florists with probable return to the model of 1500-3000 for an 5 hour day.

    Then I do apologise to you all.

    Remove the bitchiness and you will get work, remove the no I will not tag and you will get work.Please as amateurs do not attempt to tell professionals in the industry what to do.We fought for you,now you act like children.


  44. ES says:

    um defining plus size as any weight or size is awful! I am 5'3" and weigh 120 pounds but at 18 I am naturally a size 36DDD. I must buy tops in the plus size section and for prom and homecoming I must buy a formal in a size 14 and have it tailored to the rest of my body; I am a size 8 around the hips. Am I overweight? No. I was just genetically cursed with very large breasts, but I must still shop in the full figured section of the department store. For any of you out there who have never bought a full-figured bra the experience is not pleasant. If you can find a bra to fit you it will most likely be found on the bottom rack near the back. It will be white biege or black and have very little lace or adornments. When most other girls are buying cute bras in prints and red lace I am lucky to find a baby pink one with a few bows. Plus size models at least get to wear pretty clothes that are made for curvy girls!!

  45. […] looking women. From America Ferrara starring on Ugly Betty, to Tina Fey on 30 Rock, to Glamour giving Crystal Renn her own spread, it seems like the media industry was actually making some headway in this […]

  46. Emily says:

    Um well while I'm all for showing a diversity of body sizes in fashion mags, let's not kid ourselves here – just because the average woman is a size 14 DOES NOT mean we should be leaping to size 14 models. Because while size 00 models may be scarily skinny, size 14 oftentimes is not healthy either! I'm all for a diversity of body types if you're showing HEALTHY body types of all sizes. I don't care if this will "destroy" the self-esteem of people who don't exercise and eat healthily everyday, but guess what? You should be exercising and eating healthily every day. No excuses.

  47. brandi says:

    emily, being skinny doesn't make you healthy. and there are some bigger people who do work out and eat healthy.

  48. Hi There says:

    How about you just don't eat shit and actually go exercise so you're not such a fat loser

  49. Brandi says:

    skinny people eat shit.

  50. Rosabell says:

    I guess you would be all very happy if they make a law to allow ONLY fat and ugly women to appear in ads and magazines… get a life !

    1. kelly says:

      most plus size women, have prettier faces than the standard skinny model. They have real boobs and don't have a 12 yr boys body. Stop hating on plus size girls, they will wipe the floor with your ass. I love seeing what you call "fat" and ugly" women. Open your mind, they are not complaining, just acting to be treated the same way, and have the same options as everyone else, big size or not.

  51. kariza says:

    Did you see today's news about Plus Size model Ashley Graham, a Ford model? Must see @
    I'm looking for a few good women & men out there so speak your mind!!!

    Kariza of Fashion Justice

  52. parsonswest says:

    Only in America and Britain are fat people trying to pretend they are "normal" sized. Nobody is saying you are worthless if you are overweight but this nonsense about how anyone who doesn't have "meat and curves" is anorexic is tiring. Fit girls are attractive to men plain and simple. Sure there are fetishists who like fat girls but no matter how much you try and convince yourselves "we are beautiful"…physically you are not. No more than a fat guy is.

    People are overweight because they eat too much…no other reason. Even someone with hypothyroidism and no legs for exercise CANNOT be fat if they don't eat more than their body needs for energy…it's not possible and those excuses are stupid. Nobody is "big boned" either…a fat persons skeleton is not larger and therefore the explanation. Yeah not everyone can run marathons but everyone CAN stop shoving food down their throats.

    Maybe it makes you feel bad and that sucks…but fat is not sexy to MOST people. If that doesn't matter to you then eat away…but don't constantly go on about how "hot" you are and how sickly skinny people are.

  53. John says:

    I am a guy who loves plus size women. The models shown are just absolutely beautiful!

    I disagree with your article though. Now a days people bitch and moan about everything. Half of them will complain if you say God Bless you when they sneeze; the other half complain if you don't. And that is all your article about.

    When they show skinny girl, then curvy girls complain. When they show plus size girls, now it is exploitation for you. Wouldn't it be easier for a plus size women to imagine how the clothes would look on her if the models are closer to her body size?

    By the way, it is not at all a dying business as you said. If you do a search on plus size clothing business, you will realize it is on the increase and not the other way round.

    Maybe showing plus size models still is a novelty because it has not been fully accepted. One day it will be a norm IF you stop bitching about it.

  54. jenessivia says:

    I agree that they should feature plus size and regular models together. Even the models who are thin are pretty much airbrushed on the magazines. I am plus size, i do exercise and eat healthy, i just am a big boned women with curves. We

    Plus size women need beautiful styles so we can show off our curvey body. I love to shop at http://WWW.SIZEAPPEAL.COM, they are affordable and easy to shop online. But always looking for more shopping places, does anyone have any other suggestions for affordable & awesome styles?

  55. amber says:

    you commentators are interesting… guaranteed majority of those who are commenting about how skinny women are the norm and considered more attractive to men have no clue what reality is outside of the media. TRUTH IS the norm is a size 14.

    on another note, how many people commenting are non-white ethnically/racially? it has been researched that obsession with body image (in comparison to mainstream media like glamour) is an issue that white women typically only face; and i am curious.

  56. Adrian says:

    Amber, size 14 is the average NOT the norm. And if you know absolutely anything about statistics then you would know that an average is not a good representation of a population since higher and lower numbers will sway the average.

    If size 14 is the norm, then how come most clothing brands don't even make size 14? and why are the larger sizes always the ones found in clearance, while all the smaller sizes sell out the fastest?

    1. kelly says:

      Clothing designers chose not to support plus size women i believe, because it cost more $$ for them to make it . Plus being a size 14 to them is more than likely disgusting , so the only cater to slimmer people. I am a plus size myself, and every mall i go to cater to skinny people, and has a small section of clothes that fit me. My God, not everyone is an extra small or the largest a medium, according to them. Being fat is bad, being super skinny is bad, nothing is ever good enough, seriously who cares.

  57. […] a lot more attention for being their bold, beautiful selves. Of course, there’s always a backlash, like a study that showed that ads featuring plus size women actually make women feel worse about […]

  58. […] that may not be the case much longer. Much like fashion magazines, it looks like designers are starting to get the hint. (Let me take a moment to say MAZEL TOV! What […]

  59. drizzie. says:

    Oh my gosh! When I first saw this I was like omg shut up because I happen to be plus size my self and I love the pics. However, I'm so happy I read before I looked over this piece. You brought up a valid point and we should'nt be this unicorn that editors bring out. I always felt it was cool but I would perfer they just mix us in with everybody else because I'm plus size everyday not every time a magzine is suffering.

  60. […] the January of the fashion world, with designers battling it out to set this year’s trends, and magazines battling it out to report […]

  61. Tahnee says:

    Honestly, I think that our culture's norms reflect the image of a "sickly" thin stature being considered beautiful. Not only are our magazines influencing the thought of many Americans, but all media. I once was chosen to be a "plus size" model and unfortunatly due to the title, I resigned. Its unfortunate the image in our culture drills in young womens minds that being underweight is normal and beautiful, which is far beyond the truth. I hope the set backs and negative feelings of the average woman will only be a transcript of the past.

  62. Ash says:

    What about us petite girls–those of us under 5'4? The modeling industry is finally having plus-size models in magazines and sometimes on runways, but I wonder if they'll ever get the message that many women are naturally small too–we're not all really tall and super-skinny, some of us are shorter and smaller. I'm only 5'1 and while my BMI is under 18.5, I am not super-skinny, just naturally small. Why can't the modeling industry recognize us, too? Just because you're shorter than 5'9 doesn't make you ugly! Petite girls are gorgeous, too!

  63. raquel says:

    you all will bitch no matter what. there is seriously no way of pleasing you. and here';s a news flash… THEY DON;T MAKE HAUTE COUTURE IN LARGE SIZES. THAT'S WHY THE MODELS ARE ALL SO SKINNY. they actually fit into the clothes.

    either way, you will complain no matter what, so fashion magazines are damned if they do, damned if they don't. and, seriously, it's an ugly reality, but the majority of people who read fashion rags want to see pretty, thin people.

  64. […] an issue without a clear answer, similar to the controversy surrounding fashion magazines’ recent obsession with plus size models. Suddenly every magazine felt the need to do a spread on plus size models in order to better relate […]

  65. Jenny Mode says:

    Some of these Magazines are also popular in Germany now. I think its a good trend, hopefully more people will join in…

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