In PLUS Model Magazine, January 2012 edition, we learn some things.
Size 12 (THE HORROR!) can be DROP DEAD GORGEOUS -- even if Photoshopped. I know, I know. But, she's got wrinkles and folds!
- Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23% less.
- Ten years ago plus-size models averaged between size 12 and 18. 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.
- Most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia.
- 50% of women wear a size 14 or larger, but most standard clothing outlets cater to sizes 14 or smaller.
(Please don't whine about how "Even at a size 12, I will never look like that, because I've lost _____ lbs and my body is a mess." In this community, we are all floppy and flappy, but WOMEN?!? YOU ARE A SIZE 12 NOW. IS this not amazing? As for this woman: she's naked in a magazine because she's photoshopped and beautiful TO BEGIN WITH at her normal American size. Not everybody is a model.)
I'm sure these things don't shock to those of us who've been much, much bigger than a size 14. We KNOW how awful it is to shop for clothes, there just isn't any VARIETY once we're looking for "plus size" apparel. (Do not even MENTION plus-size girls clothes, I will cut kittens.)
How do we fix this? PLUS Model Magazine suggests --
Tips on how we can help create change:
- Support the companies who market to you.
- Use social networking sites and email to let brands and designers know how you feel about clothing, options and the use of straight sized models (thin models) to market to you.
- Your dollars count! If you stop buying at âStore Aâ and let them know you will not be purchasing clothing until they market to you, this will raise concern.
- Use every avenue and opportunity you have available to you for your voice to be heard.
- Indie designers need our support.
Agreed. We, as "plus-sized" women much push for options if we want them.