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Guest Edit: Wendy Bix Talks About Plus Size Models

Posted by on March 31, 2014

IGIGI Presents the Real Life Plus Size Models of  Weetacon

By Wendy Bix
Plus Size Models
(Source: Dorothy Combs)

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).

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The Problematic Plus-Size Label: Sizing in the Fashion Industry

Posted by on January 22, 2014

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.

Leah Kelley

A shot of plus-size model Leah Kelley from her Instagram.
Credit: Instagram/@LeahKelley

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Tyra Banks on Body Positivity and the Term “Plus-Size”

Posted by on January 15, 2014

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).

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Commenters Think Plus-Size Model Leah Kelley Is Not ‘Plus Enough’

Posted by on December 20, 2013

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

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.

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The Persistent Lack Of Plus-Size Models On The Runway

Posted by on December 17, 2013

Plus-size models are making it onto the covers of major magazines, landing huge ad campaigns, writing amazing books, and generally just kicking butt all around the fashion industry. However, there is one place in fashion where there is still a near total lack of plus-size women – the runway.

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.”

Plus-size model Robyn Lawley

The gorgeous US size 12 stunner Robyn Lawley has been very outspoken in recent months about the importance of diversity in the fashion industry. Credit: Instagram @robynlawley1 via DropDeadGorgeousDaily.com

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