The Plus-Size Model Fetish ContinuesJune 10, 2011 No Comments
There’s been a lot of debate lately about the legitimacy of some reputable fashion magazines’ interest in plus-size models.
Some welcome the development, insisting real women have been made invisible for far too long. Others argue women larger than a size zero shouldn’t just grace the covers occasionally, but should be integrated into everyday fashion and media.
What no-one really seems to be discussing is the fact that plus-size models, when they are finally given some space on our pages and screens, are fetishized and caricatured in a manner that’s anything but contemporary.
Apparently it’s not only a novelty that a voluptuous woman should appear in a magazine, but she must also be dressed in novelty clothes and shot against a novelty backdrop.
The latest example of this is Vogue Italia‘s June edition, which features only the most sought-after of curvalicious ladies.
The plus-sized special, entitled “True Beauty,” stars Candice Huffine, Tara-Lynn, Marquita Pring, and Robyn Lawley lounging around a ”baroque-inspired apartment, wearing boudoir-esque ensembles.”
It seems larger women do not symbolize modern society despite being the norm of the day; but instead are styled to take our imaginations back to a time when a fuller figure meant your husband made enough money to feed you.
When will plus-size (read, average) women stop making token appearances, clad in corsets and suspenders, and become a staple in our skinny-saturated media diet? Will there come a day when a size 12 or 14 woman appears on the cover of Vogue, and we don’t all point and stare?
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