Plus-Size models aren’t anymore plus-size

Plus Size models aren’t anymore plus size

What it used to be, plus-size isn’t. There’s evidence that plus-size models’ measurements have actually been sneaking downward for a while, despite the fact that fuller-figured models like Ashley Graham and Crystal Renn are landing runway shows, covers, campaigns and generally enjoying more mainstream acceptance than ever before. There may be a preference for models on the slimmer end of that spectrum, even among plus-size women in fact.

PLUS Model magazine and a plus-size-clothing boutique recently asked fans to vote for their favorite after posting two different photos of plus-size model Alex LaRosa to their Facebook page. One picture downplayed LaRosa’s size with a more conservative outfit and pose, while the other highlighted her curves with a body-con dress. Surprisingly, voters were split right down the middle, since of LaRosa proudly rocking her full body; one might expect a plus-size audience to favor the image.

The incredible, shrinking plus-size model, disturbing trend: that those results point to. According to editor-in-chief PLUS Model Magazine, Madeline Jones, gone are the days when 18-size models graced catalog and campaigns covers. Jones says that many brands don’t use at all plus-size models and those do normally hire women with size 10, 12 or 14 sometimes. The most so-called plus-size models actually have average measurements as a report says that average American women’s dress size is 14.

So, when we habitually label average-sized bodies as ‘plus’, what does it say about us? And where do the 50% of women who wear 16 and above fit in, if the average size 14 is ‘plus’? It seems we may still be missing the mark on true body diversity, though as pleased a we’ve been to see the rise of plus-size models.

Plus Size models aren’t anymore plus size

Plus Size models aren’t anymore plus size

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