Elle France Features Plus Size Model as "The Body"

In Fashion by Wendy Michaels , on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 10:06 AM (PST)
French Elle's plus size cover girl photo


Elle France: Plus Size Cover Model Represents Real Women

Could fashion magazines be skewing towards heavier models?

Elle France is making headlines for featuring a plus sized model on its cover.

French Elle's cover includes fabulously curvy model Tara Lynn on its cover, wearing a navy blue lace top and panties.

Tara Lynn is named "The Body" by the French mag, perhaps suggesting that she more likely represents what regular women look like, rather than the over-Photoshopped stick thin models we're used to seeing on covers.

Will the inclusion of plus size model in fashion magazines start a new trend?

I wouldn't count on it, but it's refreshing to see someone with real female curves on a cover.

Lynn has been featured in V Magazine's "Size Issue," landed the cover of Vogue Italia, and starred in an H&M campaign last year for the "Big is Beautiful" swimwear line.

Read: Nude Plus Size Model Shows How Skinny "Real" Models Are (Photos)

The French Elle feature with Lynn offers up style advice for those sized bigger than a pin thin model.

In an interview last year, Lynn said that her weight caused her to be the victim of schoolyard bullying, as she notes, "I was a size 14/16 (UK size 18-20) in high school, and it wasn't the easiest thing. As a 16, I definitely felt like my weight was holding me back. I was supposed to have these bones protruding from my body and clearly that's not the case, and not the way my body's meant to be."

British Vogue is featuring the curvy and talented Adele as their March cover girl, which is a nice change of pace over their usual waif models.

Adele shared last week, "I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that."

Read: Model With 20 Inch Waist Will Freak You Out (Video)

Of course, I have to note that Adele was looking very much like she'd lost some weight at the recent Grammys, but as she told Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes, “I don’t want to be some skinny mini with my t-ts out,” so I'm pretty sure she won't morph into Leann Rimes any time soon.



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