In the fashion industry, “plus size” is a term for models who are size 8 and up. But in the real world, most people would never think of a size 8 as plus size — most plus-size clothing doesn’t even start until a size 16. Not so long ago plus-size models were around size 10-12, but that number has recently shrunk to an 8.
The average American woman is a size 14, and yet the dominant sizes in the industry are 0, 2, and 4. At size 8, plus-size models are considerably smaller than the average American women!
There’s actually a bit of a controversy between ‘plus size’ models about the term. Some, hate it. Supermodel Ashley Graham (she of the Sports Illustrated cover) wears a standard size 14. Graham feels that as she is, in fact, the size of the average woman, she shouldn’t be categorized as ‘plus size’. She has made it clear that she prefers the terms ‘curvy’ or ‘curve’. To Graham, plus-size makes it sound like there are ‘normal’ women and then women who, because of their bodies, are ‘other’.
On the other side, Size 22 star Tess Holliday welcomes the term. She blasts curvy models who have denounced the term ‘plus-size’ saying, ‘they think they’re too good for it’. Holliday tressed that she has no interest in replacing plus-size with any ‘cutesy’ terms.’How can you build your career from taking money from plus-size women and then turn around and say the term’s not good enough for you?’ she asked
Holliday added that she’d like to see more ‘true’ plus-sized models, like herself. She is 5’5 and weighs about 280. Ashley Graham stands 5’9 and carries about 170 pounds.
Any thoughts on the term plus-size? Or the controversy?