It’s been too long in coming, but at least there’s been a long-needed breakthrough in the previous set in stone, tremendously narrow qualifiers that might land a runway hopeful even a chance of an interview for the gig. While fashions of all kinds certainly drape, hang, crisscross, loop, zigzag, bare and gather beautifully on those willowy, svelte forms as they glide down that narrow strip, real people want to know how those gorgeous designs might convey in the real world. Apparently designers listened, and some have come through with new, exciting lines for real people who need real clothes, and their real money spends just as well and any.
Embracing Plus With Flair
Any worthwhile effort to include a good variety of shapes and sizes should most obviously begin with designs focused on beautiful apparel for plus sizes, and like it or not, there are more plus-sized women and men out there who enjoy looking good just as much as their skin and bones counterparts. So when plus-sized consumers hear that plus-sized models are becoming more prevalent, the news is a welcome relief, as it serves as a signal that hope is on the horizon. And it’s true, that plus-sized people are finally getting more exposure on TV, in movies and as brand ambassadors.
Whose Version is This, Anyway?
While the modeling industry is busy announcing the inclusion of plus size models, some say they have a long way to go, with the leading plus size models not really being good representations at all. Leading plus size model Robyn Lawley is now known as the “first plus size model” to be featured on the Sports Illustrated mag. swimsuit issue. Sounds like the definition of beauty has expanded until you find out that this leading model (who does not think of herself as being plus-sized,) is a tall 6 feet, 2 inches in height, and easily slips into a size 12. Ashley Graham, another leading plus-sized model wears a size 16. While it’s encouraging to know that designers are expanding, somebody needs to tell them that plus sizes do not even begin until after size 18.
Turning Disabled into Fashion-Enabled
There are those who think that they don’t stand a chance at becoming a famous model and that they are too imperfect to fit into that perfect world. But then there are those who don’t care and just go for it. Fashion Week at NYC broke the mold, with a line of gorgeous models, some walking, some gliding down the runway in wheelchairs. Some of these catwalkers were amputees, some required prosthetic devices and some relied on canes to walk, but they all looked fabulous in their haute couture, and they made a fantastic political statement at the same time. It’s about time that the fashion world began designing for the real world.
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