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09 January 2012 @ 01:12 pm
Plus Size Starts at Size 6 in Our Bizarro World  
"Ten years ago plus-size models averaged between size 12 and 18. Today ...the majority of plus-size models on agency boards are between a size 6 and 14...Most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia...Your dollars count! If you stop buying at “Store A” and let them know you will not be purchasing clothing until they market to you, this will raise concern."

I saw some Facebook comments indicating that maybe it was ok not to market clothes to those who are larger than size 14 because we have an "obesity epidemic."

Can we please separate out what clothes we wear and how they are marketed to us from health issues? Whether we large-sized women are healthy or not is beside the point when it comes to fashion. It's not going to make our fat go away to not make clothes for us or to have ever-thinner models to the point that they have the size profile of an anorexic person. I remember being size 16-18 and not being able to find things in my size as a teen. This plus social pressure sure made me try to do something about my weight--starve. I ate 200-400 calories a day in efforts to lose weight, giving myself an eating disorder and gallbladder disease by age 15. I would have been better off to simply maintain my weight.

In any other industry, if 50 per cent of your potential customer base were beyond the size limits you are producing products for you would pretty quickly start making products geared to them and market to them as readily as you do to the other 50 per cent. Why in this one category of product do they not do so, even if they could make more money? It's prejudice, plain and simple.
 
 
 
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on January 9th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
i have no words.
Tapatitapati on January 10th, 2012 09:08 am (UTC)
Sigh. I know, I know.
Christinekisekileia on January 10th, 2012 01:41 am (UTC)
Agreed. It's nuts that by modelling standards, my 130-pound (BMI just over 25), size 8 body that my boyfriend loves is plus-size. I would guess that given that most models are a good 10"-12" taller than me (I'm 5'0"), my BMI is above even that of most plus-size models now. I'd like to drop some weight, but I wear a seriously brag-worthy bra size and basically look good. The idea that I'm bigger than plus-size is ridiculous.

That being said, this article is a secondary source citing what is probably another secondary source, so I think I'd better take the stats with a small grain of salt.
Tapatitapati on January 10th, 2012 08:56 am (UTC)
I did find evidence that there are some plus size models who are size 6 but it's less common than 10-14, the mid-range. I don't know who might be collecting those stats although perhaps Plus Model Magazine is collecting its own stats as a trade magazine. Here are other links discussing the size of plus size models and the general issue of body-diversity in the field.

http://feelgoodstyle.com/2011/12/05/lizzie-miller/

http://plus-model-mag.com/2011/07/when-it-comes-to-models-what-exactly-is-%E2%80%9Cplus-size%E2%80%9D/

http://thehighlow.com/2011/03/real-life-models-boost-fashion-mag-sales/

http://venusvision.com/is-it-really-body-diversity/

the comments for this site (below) are interesting with perspectives from different countries

http://skinnyvscurvy.com/hot-models/plus-size-model-treat-tanya-gervasi.html