Size 6 is now considered plus size. This is not a joke.
Size 6 is how Cindy Crawford and Christy Brinkley measured at the peak of their supermodel-ness. Yes, that is now plus size.
Plus Model Magazine says most runway models today meet the physical criteria for anorexia.
The magazine’s January 2012 issue (with Kasia from The CW’s America’s Next Top Model on the cover) has a pictorial, “Plus Size Bodies, What’s Wrong With Them Anyway?” which features a plus size model as well as an average size fashion model — in the nude — in an attempt to “open the minds of the fashion industry,” according to editor-in-chief, Madeline Figueroa-Jones. The skinny ideal is not always healthy, the magazine asserts, and seeing pin-thin models alienates most women.
Check out the photos (courtesy of Plus Model Magazine and photographer Victoria Janashvili) featuring plus size model Katya Zharkova along with her string bean counterpart and see if you think the modeling industry is even more whack than previously believed:
PLUS Model Magazine 1 of 7Not everyone is meant to be skinny, our bodies are beautiful and we are not talking about health here because not every skinny person is healthy, writes Plus Model Magazine editor-in-chief Madeline Figueroa-Jones.
PLUS Model Magazine 2 of 7We are bombarded with weight-loss ads every single day, multiple times a day because it's a multi-billion dollar industry that preys on the fear of being fat. -PMM
PLUS Model Magazine 3 of 7What we desire is equality to shop and have fashion options just like smaller women. -PMM
PLUS Model Magazine 4 of 7Small women cannot be marketed to with pictures of plus-size women, why are we expected to respond to pictures of small size 6 and 8 women? -PMM
PLUS Model Magazine 5 of 7If we continue to ignore and rely on others to decide what we want to see, change will never happen. We have to be vocal and proactive, patient and realistic. -PMM
PLUS Model Magazine 6 of 7Today 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. -PMM
PLUS Model Magazine 7 of 7For the full feature on Plus Size Bodies, What's Wrong With Our Bodies Anyway, check out the January 2012 issue of Plus Model Magazine.
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