Nothing feels better than taking a stand, posing a question, or positively affecting change or thought. Such is the case when Plus Model Magazine released its January 2012 issue and posed this question:
Plus Size Bodies, What is Wrong With Them Anyway?
From there, the post went viral!
Accompanying this question were facts and stats that backed up and begged for this question to be asked- challenging the status quo both within and outside of the plus size community. Facts such as:
- ·Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23% less.
- ·Ten years ago plus-size models averaged between size 12 and 18. Today the need for size diversity within the plus-size modeling industry continues to be questioned. The majority of plus-size models on agency boards are between a size 6 and 14, while the customers continue to express their dissatisfaction.
Did they pay attention? You bet! Asides from the physically striking images that make you stop and stare, FOX News, The Gloss, Fashionista, Daily Mail UK, Fashion Foie Gras, Styleite, and most recently, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer took note and wondered the same thing, so they asked Maddy (Editor in Chief of Plus Model Mag) for an interview on TV! SCORE!
But this is why it matters:
Within the plus size community we have been asking for, questioning why, however anytime that plus size fashion has caused a mainstream stir has usually been because of how fabulous a model is on a fashion mag and then the conversation stops there. What Plus Model Magazine did was smart. Posed provoking images coupled with stats and opened the door for dialogue on their terms!
For the likes of these magazines above to share and attempt to answer or question this same point is quite refreshing because the dialogue and conversation is now no longer insulated, it forces people to think and ask themselves questions that oftentimes never applied to them.
Am I imagining a world shift and immediate results? NO, I am not that naïve, however I am excited to see where this conversation continues to go and what changes could become the result of this! As long as we continue to stand up, speak out, and engage the audiences change can happen! THAT I do believe!
But, in the meantime, check out the Plus Model Magazine interview and feature on ABC World News!
Q. What say you? What are your thoughts about this and the attention this question is getting? Do you have an answer to this question begged?
This just in: PLUS Model Magazine on Entertainment Tonight TONIGHT to talk to Editor-in-Chief, Madeline Jones about the story “Plus Size Bodies, What is Wrong With Them Anyway?” on CBS 7:30PM EST/7pm PST check local listings for time in your area.