Can I complain for a minute? What is up with websites and catalogs that sell plus-size clothes but refuse to show the clothes on real full-figured women? Yes, I know. In the fashion industry, anything in double digits is considered “plus size” – I get it. But if I’m a size 20, is it really going to do me any good to judge whether something will look good on me based on how it looks on Crystal Renn (who really isn’t even “plus-sized” anymore)?
Even if a clothing line does use “real” full-figured models, it doesn’t do me much good to look at clothes in catalogs or on websites that feature a 6 foot, size 12 model. (Not to hate on the size 12 models out there who are on their grind. I respect the players, but hate the game!) With society’s waistline growing ever larger, it’s hard to gauge how something would look on me if that model is closer to the American “average” – where I am clearly above average (smile).
That’s why I always love to shop the sites below because they always show their clothes on truly full-figured, plus-sized, zaftig models . . .
- Kiyonna – I especially love their Real Curves feature that shows their clothes on plus-size fashion bloggers . . . almost makes me want to come out from hiding myself and submit a picture of myself . . . almost!
- La Dan’s Closet
- Seal With A Kiss Designs
- Monif C
If you really want to dig into the controvery about plus-size models and body size, check out “Plus Size Bodies, What’s Wrong with Them Anyway?” from Plus Model Magazine
You might notice that one site I didn’t mention is Making It Big. Now, to be sure, this catalog always features “true” plus-size models . . . often on the larger end of plus size. But, I don’t know . . . I just feel some kinda way about this company. The models are pretty to be sure, but basically, the clothing collection is nothing but a bunch of muu-muu’s in different colors and patterns. No waistlines whatsoever – boo!
Anyway, I’m sure there are other companies out there that feature plus-size models who look more like the plus-size women who buy the clothes. Who am I missing from this list? What are your thoughts on this whole issue? Do you wish there were more clothing lines that showed their clothes on plus-size models of varying shapes and sizes? Or, are you content with the way things are?
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