Media, Body Image, and Philosophy in the 21st Century. Search this site. Navigation Home. Allegory of the Cave. Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge. Models vs. Works Cited. Half of all women wear a size 14 or larger. So why is it that most clothing stores only carry sizes 14 and under?
In the fashion industry, "plus size" is a term for models who are size 8 and up. But in the real world, most people would never think of a size 8 as plus size — most plus-size clothing doesn't even start until a size Alex LaRosa , a self-proclaimed "plus-size model who's visibly plus-size," was on HuffPost Live to talk about some of her issues with these discrepancies:. You're causing unrealistic expectations that every one -- every woman -- should be a size 4. To bring that into the plus-size community, where you're using sizes 8, 10 and 12, when sometimes the stores don't even start carrying the clothes until size 14, you're telling women, 'You want to look like these models. This is what you should look like, but it's never going to happen. In fact, not so long ago plus-size models were around size , but that number has recently shrunk to an 8. According to Anthony Higgins, the director at MSA Models, "[catalogs] will use a size 8 because they think size 14 and 16 will relate to that person and size 4 and size 6 will relate to that person. They do not use size 18 as much as they should for print — though… size 18 makes the most money.
People were outraged at this Calvin Klein campaign. Calvin Klein There's a category of women that often fly under the radar in the modeling and clothing industries. Oddly, Racked notes, there's plenty of women who actually look like middle-sized women — they're not curvy supermodels and they're not waifs. Model Jennie Runk was told if she wanted to be a model she'd have to lose weight — though she ultimately decided to accept her body type and be a plus size model. Aerie's spokes model Iskra Lawrence told Business Insider how she was dropped from an agency for being "too big" — but since embracing her curves, she's become a poster woman for body positivity. For whatever reason, though, the media doesn't seem to want to see depictions of reality. They only want to see what they believe are the two types of female bodies that exist — when, obviously, there are many.
The thinking goes as follows: If you want your bosses to see you as someone who can take on more authority, you need to act that way. Part of that demonstration is in how you present yourself. A fitted black sheath with a tweed Tibi blazer and pointy Louboutins. In hindsight, shopping for those interviews was easy. Then earlier this year I found myself at a place in my career where I was ready to take on more ownership. Even with Glamour 's commitment to size inclusivity over the years , I'm only one of two plus-size people on staff and often the only curvy person on shoots and in senior-level meetings. Did I really need to lose weight to be any better at my job? We have to hunt down pieces online, spend extra money for shipping, and carefully study measurements to find things our colleagues can buy with ease—or are sent for free as gifts from brands. I was disheartened at first, and then I got angry. I did eventually find brands I look and feel great in—many at the recommendation of the dozens of people I talked to—but what I walked away with was a network of women who are ready to do for fashion what Rihanna did for the beauty industry : Revolutionize it.