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Are Plus-Size Models ‘Having their Moment?’

By Meredith Carroll |

Tara Lynn

The new "body"

Last month Plus Model Magazine attempted to “open the minds of the fashion industry” by featuring a pictorial, “Plus Size Bodies, What’s Wrong with them Anyway?” in which a plus-size model and a pin-thin fashion model were photographed naked and side-by-side.

This month’s French edition of ELLE magazine seems to have read the question and has an answer: nothing.

Tara Lynn, an America-born model, is featured on the ELLE cover. She is boldly (and in bold) dubbed, “The Body,” even though she is considered plus-size. Despite the fact that Plus Model Magazine asserts that size 6 is now considered plus-size, it appears as if fuller-figured women might just be en vogue and “having their moment” nonetheless, according to Yahoo Shine.

Tara Lynn has previously appeared in ELLE, and she was in Italian Vogue last spring. In the summer of 2011 she posed in swimsuits aplenty for H&M’s Big is Beautiful line.

She said, “fuller-figured girls shouldn’t be apologetic about fashion and should wear what makes them feel good.”

And one of this month’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Crystal Renn, who is clearly not plus-size, is apparently formerly plus-size.

She told People magazine that over the course of her life she has fluctuated between a size double zero and a size 16. Her current size is a 6 or 8, she says, and she was perfectly comfortably posing in a string bikini for the famed swimsuit issue.

According to Renn, SI is “not interested in who’s the thinnest model of them all, they’re all about the girl.”

SI cover model Kate Upton is even called “chubby” by some. (And, of course, others call her a bombshell.)

It’s a nice idea to think plus-size and healthy-looking models might mean the pin-thin trend is on its way out, but the cynic in me thinks we haven’t seen the last of the anorexic-looking girls gracing the covers of the top fashion magazines just yet.

For the sake of healthy women of all ages and sizes and their feeling of self-worth, I hope I’m wrong, but only time and severely protruding collar bones (or lack thereof) will tell.

What do you think the chances are that we’ll see more plus size models on the covers of high fashion magazines?

Image: Elle magazine

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “Are Plus-Size Models ‘Having their Moment?’

  1. DeathMetalMommy says:

    Crystal Renn isn’t on the cover of SI’s Swimsuit issue; Kate Upton is.

  2. Meredith Carroll says:

    Whoops! You’re right. Thanks for pointing that out!

  3. CW says:

    It’s a sign of how screwed up the fashion & entertainment industries are that women with lovely figures like Crystal Renn and Tara Lynn are considered “fat”. There’s a difference between fat and curvy. A high school friend of mine wore a size 16 (would be about a 12 today) because she was tall with an hourglass figure similar to Tara Lynn’s. She had guys lining up to ask her out.

  4. Manjari says:

    Tara Lynn looks perfectly beautiful. She should just be called a model.

  5. Rebecca Odes says:

    One problem is that the fashion industry is really set up to favor the skinniest possible models. A curvy body is more complicated to fit, and with body fat comes more variation in body shape. Nobody in the fashion industry seems very interested in the systemic change it would require to re-imagine their clothes on a real body instead of a walking hanger.

  6. Erin says:

    Back when pin up girls became popular, all of the were full figured. Look at Marilyn Monroe. It wasn’t until more recently that “skinny” was in.

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