So, an interesting discussion is brewing over at "The Executive Lounge" - the new "secret" Facebook Group for Curvy CEO subscribers. (Not part of "The Executive Lounge"? Shoot me an email
and we can make it happen!) We have been discussing all of the recent controversy around the "plus-size" fashion industry.
From slender women being "forced" into plus-size modeling
to telling plus-size models that they're not "plus-size" enough
to calls to eliminate the term "plus-size"
altogether, there has been a ton of buzz in the fashion industry in recent months. In large part, this is due to the overly-congratulatory coverage of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition featuring Robyn Lawley and Ashley Graham
. Thankfully, social media allowed consumers and advocates to call B.S. on this nonsense
And when I say "b.s." I'm not at all referring to the models themselves. They are beautiful, healthy, fit women who, I am certain, endure lots of hardships in trying to make it in an industry that has such a skewed view of them and their bodies. (Remember when multiple television networks refused to air that Lane Bryant lingerie ad starring Graham
?) This is not a rant about the "players"; it's a rant about the "game" that pits a multi-billion dollar advertising industry against, well, pretty much every female with access to a television, magazine, or the internet.
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As for me, I *need* the term plus-size - it is short-hand for me when I'm shopping. There are too many entities that DON'T cater to me and my curves. At the same time, though, we need to really re-evaluate what is considered "plus-size." As beautiful as they are, I glean very little information from looking at 5'11" models who wear a size 8 in determining whether this dress or that blouse will work on my 5'7", size 22 body. I suspect this is true for most of us as one of the most popular posts on my blog is one I wrote almost three years ago entitled, "But How Will That Look on Me?"
, listing plus-size shops that use models on the larger end of plus. Personally, I was extremely thrilled and even a little proud of Target when it featured bloggers Nicolette Mason, Gabi Gregg, and Chasity Garner in its campaign introducing Ava & Viv
. (Yes, the boycott is over
:) At least I could get a real sense from them as to how something might look on me.
What's your take on this whole set of issues? Do you love the term "plus-size"? Hate it? Should the modeling industry drop this label altogether? Dish in the comments section!