Nowadays there are ‘plus size’ clothing ranges available in nearly all high street brands meaning ‘plus size’ modeling is now very popular. I have always found it very difficult to come to terms with where the line is drawn between a ‘straight size’ and a ‘plus size’ model.
In today’s world, when we think of a ‘model’ we assume that they are going to be a size 6, or horrifyingly lower. But this has changed over the last few years and more and more body shapes have been brought into the world of fashion.
Despite the discouragement of body shaming in society, people have been worried that plus size modeling, in turn, will make the gap between the sizes even bigger. Women who appear to be upholding a healthy body shape are considered plus size models and this has sparked debates between the communities of twitter.
The most recent dispute began between social media and Calvin Klein. But it just so happens, that they are not on his side.
The latest Calvin Klein campaign chose to feature a US size 10 model (size 14 in UK), Myla Dalbesio. Fury sparked in viewers when they saw that she had been put next to other ‘skinny’ models and was referred to as Calvin Klein’s “perfect fit’, almost as though they were making sure they knew she was the odd one out. Tweeters struck out at Calvin Klein with tweets such as ‘I guess plus size means “girls who have eaten at least once this year’ and ‘no wonder so many girls hate their bodies.’
Myla herself mentioned in a recent interview, that she believes she fits in the middle of ‘plus size’ and ‘straight size’ and stood up for the fashion. But who actually fits under any of these labels?
The sad truth is that in this interview, Myla added that she had spent years crash dieting and fighting against bulimia as a way of fitting into the fashion world’s straight criteria. This is seen as something that ‘just happens’ in a model’s career. She, unlike others, looks at the campaign as a statement of the industries progress.
Cosmopolitan added to the online debate by saying that nowadays a size 8 model can be considered plus size in the fashion world, which made a lot of readers question who these models are representing.
What strikes me is that ‘plus size’ models have their own category and are not referred to as just a model. Surely if we are to back the idea of equality, then there should not be such an emphasis on a person’s size it should be what they are modeling/trying to sell.