Posted on | January 11, 2014 | 47 Comments
Not big enough? Plus-size model Laura Wells
Before we get to the latest lunacy, let’s ask an obvious question: Has anyone ever heard guys complain that the male models in GQ are “too rugged”? I mean, why must all male models be tall and muscular? Isn’t the male fashion industry’s insistence on using these mesomorphic freaks in their ads inflicting body-image issues on men? Why haven’t men started a protest campaign to insist on having more male models who are spindly geeks or chubby bald guys?
The very idea is absurd, of course, and yet the women who complain that fashion models are too thin have now begun complaining that plus-size models aren’t legitimately fat enough:
It’s hard to believe that the very women who are meant to empower plus-size ladies by showcasing body diversity might just be posing yet another impossible standard. But it seems even plus-size models are alienating their target demographic.
Alex LaRosa, a self-proclaimed “plus-size model who’s visibly plus-size,” stopped by HuffPost Live on Friday to talk about the impossible standards that plague her sector of modeling just as much as the size zero benchmark plagues the straight size industry. She explained:
“In a world where you’re telling women that plus-size is sizes 4 and up, you’re causing body image issues. You’re causing unrealistic expectations that every one — every woman — should be a size 4. To bring that into the plus-size community, where you’re using sizes 8, 10 and 12, when sometimes the stores don’t even start carrying the clothes until size 14, you’re telling women, ‘You want to look like these models. This is what you should look like, but it’s never going to happen.'”
Look, I’m sympathetic. Like a lot of guys, I don’t find anorexic scarecrows particularly attractive, and I’d be happy to see more fashion models with some biscuits-and-gravy appeal. But does anyone really expect designers to start sending plumpers jiggling down the catwalk just to placate a bunch of feminist ideologues? It’s never going to happen.
Get over it. And fix me a sandwich.
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