Plus sized models is a term commonly used to describe women who are engaged in modeling plus-sized clothing. It is not uncommon to see these models working for companies and ad agencies where they are not selling large-sized clothing. Their advertising jobs may include supporting a wide range of products such as cosmetics, eyewear, shoes, household products and miscellaneous accessories.
Even though I am happy to see that there are many more plus sized models today, I am a little troubled at what the fashion industry considers to be plus size. I remember when I was a little girl my mother was often on a diet, and this was because she had the same condition that I do. We both have insulin resistance, and this makes it harder for us to lose weight. Because she was always on a diet, I always knew what her goal size was. Back then, a size 8 was considered to be pretty average.
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Note: Although Lane Bryant began marketing to pregnant women with larger bustlines in the early 1900′s, ‘Stout Women’ as they were referred to then were not represented by modeling agencies until the late 1970′s.
Today however, it would almost seem as if plus size starts at size 8. I spent a lifetime as a size 12, and even though I knew this was not an ideal size, it wasn’t the end of the world. Many models in this category are indeed size 12, and I think that they look great. The problem is that some of them who appear to be a size six or eight are now considered to be plus-sized models. This is baffling to me, as I can’t imagine that there are many people who are naturally a size two or four. Quite frankly, those sizes don’t look good on everyone.
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Note: By the 1990′s and into the 2000′s, modeling agencies became more aggressive with their support of plus-size women in fashion shows.
I wish that the fashion industry would reconsider what they consider to be plus-sized models. Little girls growing up right now have absolutely no hope of ever feeling good about the body they were given. When they see bigger models wearing the same size as they do, they will begin to feel but they are overweight, when in fact they may be perfectly proportioned for their frame, and they are probably perfectly healthy. To me, this is one of the worst things that can happen.
Note: UK modeling agencies have also helped the plus size women become much more visible in the fashion world. The spot light they put on these women sparked the creation of specialty model divisions.
I watched my mother diet for much of my childhood. She was never as big as any of the plus sized models you see today, but she always felt like she was. I never want my daughter to have to live with this feeling, and I am trying to do everything I can to make her comfortable with who she is. She is in fact very healthy, and a perfect weight for her size. Perhaps I should just try to steer her away from subjects like plus sized models, and perhaps things like size and weight won’t matter to her until she is old enough to care about it on her own.