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Are Plus-Size Models ‘Having their Moment?

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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