[The following post comes straight from our BFFs at CollegeFashion. If it weren’t for them, we’d still be wearing platform sneakers.]
It’s no secret that the fashion industry favors ultra-thin models – the dialogue surrounding fashion’s narrow portrayal of beauty seems as old as the industry itself.
Amidst all the endless discussions, one thing is clear: People want to see models they can relate to, that show them a realistic and more inclusive ideal of what beauty looks like. While super-skinny models are easy for super-skinny women to relate to, models representing other body types are few and far between, leaving women who don’t fit the super-skinny mold feeling frustrated and excluded.
Fortunately, the girls featured above, which the industry labels as “plus size,” are getting more jobs and more exposure with each passing day, giving us hope that the standards of beauty are beginning to shift and widen. However, much of their work is still in catalogs or other less-publicized mediums, or if featured somewhere in the high-fashion world, the spreads lean towards sensationalism. We certainly still have a long way to go.
Crystal Renn, Marquita Pring, and Barbara Bickner are among the top plus size models working today, and are certainly worth knowing about.
Here, we’ll take a look at three girls that are spearheading this movement towards the celebration of all body types.