I recently stumbled upon two interesting articles, that both talked about women and size; the two words most women in the world today have problems dealing with when put together. Some of us have some horrible history with the word ‘size’ while others perhaps have had a nicer time with it, but in today’s world women are becoming more and more conscious about the “SIZE” they are rather than their health. We have all heard expressions such as Size 10 is the new Size 14 or Size 6 is the new Size 10, and yes they are decreased because the focus has been about downsizing as much as possible. With fashion becoming even more a part of many women’s lives today, many women have been working hard to fit into the clothes they dream of wearing. On TV we are bombarded with Pills A to Z which are supposedly capable of slimming you down in a month or even two weeks. While this is going on in the world, it is interesting to see that many people have spoken out about the mind saturation with images of perfection (Photoshop images really!!) that has taken over the media. Glamour magazine for instance in their last issue, featured an article “These Bodies are Beautiful at Every Size” with plus size models, famous plus sized models I should say, to emphasize their efforts to show more average sized women in the media. They believe that women and people in general are tired of seeing abnormally skinny women represent what beauty means, and would like to see more average women strutting the covers and commercials airing around us by the media. With high fashion there is still a stigma as Glamour puts it, in making clothes that are sizes 14 for instance; even though women at that size would pay much more to have great quality clothes that fit them well, in fact it is an aesthetic decision made by the high fashion houses rather than a business decision, glamour states. Glamour also talks about the problem with sample sizes during shootings, meaning plus size models are usually not chosen to shoot because sample sized fashion clothing come in very small sizes that would just not fit an averaged sized woman; additionally a plus size model is really not plus size in our understanding, a model that is bigger than a size 4 might be pushed in the plus size model category especially when she is bigger than a size 6. I have to say Tyra banks is probably the only ex-Supermodel that embraced her body changes to do more lingerie for Victoria Secret, to doing America’s Next Top model and so on. You can check out a video detailing her choices on her online magazine here, then again she might just be intelligent and business savvy and almost an exception to the rule.
Below you can check out some of the models (Crystal Renn, Amy Lemons, Ashley Graham, Kate Dillon, Anansa Sims, Jennie Runk, and Lizzie Miller) that featured this article and chose to accept their natural size and natural body changes rather than fit into the demanded size-zero (these photos are not from the glamour article):
On the other side, I just read an article featuring Designer/Creative Director for Chanel Karl Lagerfeld’s comments on the current objections women are having with very slim or skinny models. He is quoted to have stated that people prefer to look at skinny models (ie. size 0) and those that do not are “fat mummies’ and overweight women who do not want to be reminded of how overweight they are. This came out of his reactions to a German magazine editor who elevated the issue and encouraged recent auditions to feature “normal” sized women in the magazine rather than skinny models. According Lagerfeld, the debate of the skinny model has become a cliche. It is interesting to see his reaction being directed in this way, since he is also known to have lost a lot of weight and drastically changing his physical appearance, you would think he would be more sensitive to the debate. But to each is own. What we know is that it is becoming more and more of an issue, and when you have fashion personalities like British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman appealing to major fashion houses to stop the “size-zero” model culture, it is a sign that things are more likely to change quickly today and that perhaps the future of fashion will have more ‘normal’ sized women. Crossing my fingers 😉