I’m sick to death of the fashion industry. The ridiculous clothing in sizes that would barely fit your 12-year-old daughter (and maybe not even a 12-year-old), the blind respect and fawning all over evil ice queens like Anna Wintour, the stupid shoes that the average woman couldn’t wear for three minutes without falling or breaking a leg, I am done.
I am just over it.
I recently read a piece over on BuzzFeed celebrating the launch of plus-size model. “Plus-Size Model Robyn Lawley Launches Gorgeous Plus-Size Bathing Suit Line and it’s free of frumpy one-pieces and tankinis!” Hmm, thought I. This is good news. How can the celebration of anything plus-size be a bad thing?
And then I got a look at the photos. This? This is plus-size? So, models are hangers and plus-size is regular size in the human world? Not only is my daughter destined to grow up in a time when models who consume tissues or cotton balls dipped in orange juice grace the covers of all the fashion mags, but she will also have the definition of pluz-size forced upon her in the form of a healthy, fit, gorgeous woman by anyone’s standards — except maybe Anna Wintour’s.
And if you have no idea what I am talking about, this horrifying article written by former Vogue Australia Editor Kirstie Clements may help:
In her new book, Clements claims models still regularly starve themselves to stay super skinny and some resort to eating tissues to help them feel full. Clements quotes an unnamed Russian model who told her over lunch that her roommate was a fit model, “so she is in hospital on a drip a lot of the time.”
With all that you’d think that the launch of “plus-size” model Robyn Lawley’s new swimsuit line would be cause for celebration but it’s not. It’s not. In fact, the lines and its depiction of “plus-size” is yet another blow to healthy women everywhere who are constantly bombarded by images of celebrities posing in bikinis weeks after giving birth and runway models who subsist on air and cigarette smoke.
I am in no way implying that Robyn isn’t a beautiful woman, nor is this a commentary on her body size. I’m simply shocked that these swimming suits and the models in them are being presented to women as plus-size. Pretending that Robyn Lawley and her swimming suit line is plus-size is just as detrimental to the hearts and minds of women as the anorexic supermodel lauded as the standard of beauty.