Saturday, August 20, 2011

Plus size models

For many of us it seems to be taking a long time for plus-size to be accepted as a "normal" and "typical" size range.  Yet, it's slowly getting there.

While size 14  is now becoming promoted as being plus size by the media and fashion industries (which still isn't fair to the woman who convinces herself she is "obese" just because she is size 18!!!!), we remain confident that soon sizes 18, 20 and 22 will be seen as typical of women in the 21st century.

Perceptions though are hard to break down, even sometimes our own.   But it is so encouraging and inspiring to see photos of models who are curvaceous, generously endowed with beautiful figures and faces, and to be able to identify them as being part of the population who are deemed "plus size".  We feel drawn to them and admire their determination to be fully accepted within the media and fashion scenes as important as the much thinner and recognisable model who might grace our magazines.

But it remains to be said that it's about time that even the expression "plus-size" was relegated to the archives.  We've got to come to terms with seeing women of ALL sizes, shapes and sizes as that - women!  Attractive, feminine, healthy, sexy, sassy women.  Completely acceptable and appreciated by and to each other.   (Even thin women these days are becoming confused  at being "categorised" rather than being seen and spoken about as "women".)

In the 1940s and 1950s, women whatever size, were treated with much more sensitivity and good manners than today.   "Plus-size"is not a term or word that's come down through the ages. It's a relatively new word, aimed at denigrating women who don't fit the "mould" of what and how the media and fashion industries demand all women should fit.

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