Plus Size Model Shows How Skinny "Real" Models Are [Photos]

In Fashion by Wendy Michaels , on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 10:16 AM (PST)
Plus size vs runway models


Size 6 is Plus Size Now, WTF?

When did size 6 become plus size?

Apparently, when models began shrinking to anorexic proportions, a new photo spread points out in Plus Model Magazine.

Nude photos of plus size model Katya Zharkova illustrate what the average woman looks like when compared to the pin-thin runway models that make the majority of women feel like fatties.

Plus Model Magazine's January 2012 issue features a pictorial, "Plus Size Bodies, What's Wrong With Them Anyway?," relaying some interesting facts about the fashion industry.

"Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today she weighs 23% less."

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"Today the need for size diversity within the plus-size modeling industry continues to be questioned. The majority of plus-size models on agency boards are between a size 6 and 14, while the customers continue to express their dissatisfaction."

The plus size model and the typical size fashion models appear nude to "open the minds of the fashion industry," according to editor-in-chief, Madeline Figueroa-Jones.

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Figueroa-Jones writes, "We are bombarded with weight-loss ads every single day, multiple times a day because it's a multi-billion dollar industry that preys on the fear of being fat. Not everyone is meant to be skinny, our bodies are beautiful and we are not talking about health here because not every skinny person is healthy."

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Comments (10)
Posted By hareinpa (2 years ago)
As a wearer of plus sized clothing it sickens me that you would place someone in a size 6 for me to imagine myself wearing. I am a size 20. How bout some models life size plus so we can see what those clothes are actually going to look like on women our size!
Posted By michelle (2 years ago)
I read this and I can't believe a six is a plus size. The Model industry is full of unhealthy woman and ladies being anoxeria. I think a change would be good and keep the average weight for height in mind. It would be nice not to see so many models in treatment or dying because of the fear of fat on their body. I wear a size 2-4 and petite I am healthy, happy, and free to be me. I am a few pounds under for height of 5'6 but I the way my clothes fit! Also I leave room for a few extra pounds then back off the sweets to remain my size
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Posted By Zangy (2 years ago)
Well in all fairness... that plus sized model is actually fat. I mean c'mon! Real curves? No, she is just fat! Of course she is plus sized! They didn't say she was overweight/obese/morbid obese did they? No, but she is fat. Look at the fat rolls on her stomach! Look at her arms even, or her legs etc! Eww >.
Posted By karami (2 years ago)
Posted By Kate (2 years ago)
You know zangy and karma or whatever your names are you are the reason so many women and girls are insecure and you should be ashamed. You two are just rude stupid bitches who don't know that beauty comes in all different sizes. So shut up! I think every women in the world is beautiful and this model is sexy. So shut up!!!!
Posted By Liz (2 years ago)
She looks so beautiful, rolls and all. I think we are way too obsessed with being thin. Eat healthy, exercise, to hell with the beauty ideal. Its not real.
Posted By Anon (1 year ago)
I don't find the plus-sized model attractive. And I don't have to--it's my personal opinion and it's not wrong or shameful. Also, the fact about 8% less vs. 23% less: the average model now is thinner than the average decades ago, but the average American woman is also significantly larger. This article is highly biased (of course, it's in "Plus Model Magazine," so that's to be expected).
Posted By Teneale (1 year ago)
As a plus size model who is a size 10, i have seen discrimination at the hand of agents. I am almost 5'2. but yet my size seems to play a big rule. Its Artiicles like this that have inspired me to further my education to start you my own plus size modeling agency. Ladies and guys...Plus size is beautiful. We all know the names that we are called. But i have so far suceeded as a plus size model. dont ever let someone tell you that you are too big to be pretty!!! I was told my whole a former anorexic who thought i had to be skinny to be pretty...its not worth it! believe in yourselves!
Posted By Berthalina (152 days ago)
The designers of fashion, use skinny models simply because the garments are going to hang the way they intended them too on a skinny model. These designers do not design clothing for plus size women, they just enlarge the patterns to fit a plus size. That's the biggest problem. Just because a garment looks good on a smaller woman, does not mean it will look good on a larger woman. So to sell the same design to a plus size, they use the skinny models. IMHO, plus size women won't buy the clothing if a plus size model does model it, because they see how it will look on them. I'm one of those plus size women. I want to know how the garment will look on someone more my size. If it looks good, I'd buy it, if it doesn't, I won't. If the fashion designers would design a plus size line, designed for the plus size women and come up with designs that would look good on plus size women, they'd be more apt to sell to plus size women, using plus size models. Does this make any sense? I was looking at an on-line catalog that did have plus size models and a particular dress I saw looked ridiculous on her. The back of the dress was hiked up higher than the front. Knowing how it would look on me, I wouldn't buy it.
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