Let’s face facts: Not even size two ladies look remotely like the size two models strutting down the runway at New York Fashion Week. Obviously, not every size fourteen woman looks like a plus size model either.
Models basically make their living by being genetically gifted and achieving that golden ratio with their symmetrical features – whether they’re a standard size model or a plus size model. I mean, I’m not symmetrical. My left eye is shaped different than my right one. My left boob is just a little different than the other one. Weirdly enough, I have this bizarre bit of fat on one hip that doesn’t exist on the other (thanks to also sleeping on one side, according to my GP).
There is currently quite a lot of debate circulating around the Internet right now about what constitutes plus-size. A good deal of this discussion is related to whether or not a lot of plus-size models are considered plus-size. A few weeks ago, we even covered this issue to some extent on the blog.
There is also a distinct dichotomy between what is considered plus-size in the fashion world and what is considered plus-size in the real world. Two very successful plus-size models – Crystal Renn and Leah Kelley – have both spoken about how arbitrary they find the plus-size label since in the fashion world, plus-size really just means above a US size 8.
A shot of plus-size model Leah Kelley from her Instagram. Credit: Instagram/@LeahKelley
Tyra Banks is sort of a polarizing figure. Some people love her, some people hate her. Personally, I’m just fascinated by her. The supermodel has been criticized for her fluctuating weight over the years and the tabloids have been quick to jump on her whenever a picture surfaces of her looking less than Victoria’s Secret-runway-ready.
What I do respect Tyra for, however, is her unapologetic “girl power” vibe that she tries to exude via her different media outlets. In fact, her very memorable “Kiss my fat a**!” speech that she gave in a 2006 episode of “The Tyra Show” was named as one of TV Guide’s 60 Greatest Talk Show Moments. In my humble opinion, the honor was well deserved (you can view the entire monologue below).
Plus-size model Leah Kelley recently did an interview with ELLE where she talked about the modeling industry and the somewhat silly, and very arbitrary, plus-size moniker. It was a great interview; however, the response that the interview got – or rather, the response that the pictures accompanying the interview received – was rather negative.
This was the offending tweet and image. Credit: Twitter ELLE
In the process of promoting the interview, ELLE tweeted an image of Kelley (above) with a link to the interview, and their followers were not impressed with her “plus-size” title.
In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, popular plus-size model Robyn Lawley told reporters that she thinks that plus-size models are generally ostracized from runway modeling and there is no real reason for it.
“It’s disappointing as I love catwalk modeling, it’s more exciting than being on a shoot so it sucks not to be included. Plus-size models are being used more in magazines and in the media but not on the runway and not by high-end designers like Prada. I’d love them to use more curvy girls but it’s like a taboo and I don’t know why. It screams lack of diversity.”
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