Plus-size models…really?

Define the term “plus-size model”- a model that is between a size 10-18 in clothing.

A “model” is considered a size 8 and under (6-8).

We’ve spent years trying to empower girls and women to embrace their body, and be confident in their own skin. However, how can we expect this to happen if we’re using terms like “plus-size” to describe a size 14 woman. It seems just because the girl does not have a thigh gap, small breasts and a flat stomach, she’s suddenly considered “above average”…what?!

Study shows the average Australian woman is between a size 14 and 16. So how is it now the “First plus-sized model on the Sport’s Illustrated swimsuit cover” is a size 16. If a size 16 is an average; meaning it represents a large percentage of women in Australia; why are they being labelled otherwise?

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This was the model on the Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Cover

The model, Ashley Graham, says on her Instagram that “this cover is for every woman who felt like she wasn’t beautiful enough because of her size”. That’s great, she’s proud of herself, and she is confident, which is what we all hoped for.

However, my argument is that there is no reason to differentiate between models because of their size. What makes a size 8 girl a “normal” model, when in fact they do not represent the average sized woman.

On February 21st 2015 there was an uproar about Laura Wells a size 14 model who marketed herself as a “plus size” model.

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Laura Wells

We try so hard to tell young girls and women to love themselves, to be proud of their body, to embrace their imperfections, but how can we expect them to do that, when we are showing people like Laura Wells as a plus size model.

Designers are making clothes designed for a size 8 to fit only a size 6 or size 8 girl, however when the same piece of clothing is put on a size 12 it suddenly doesn’t look so good because the designer has only made the cut for a particular size. It doesn’t make sense to me why they are not catering for the majority.

I’m asking modelling agencies to simply drop the ‘plus’. This was a hashtag that went around last year, and I still think it should  continue. Whether you’re a size 16 or a size 6, no label should be put against you, nor should you believe those labels.

Please do not misunderstand me, I am so proud of those models who flaunt their curves and embrace that they’re different to the model agencies’ standard models.

Let me know what you think in the comments below! Do you think the term “plus-size” is unnecessary and should be dropped, or do you think otherwise?

This may sound cheesy and cliche but it is true, and if you’ve forgotten it’s time to remind yourself that:

“Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise”

Keep Smiling 😉

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