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Plus Size Models Make a Statement in 2009 in Fight Against Size Zero

Biggest Headline of 2009: Plus Size Moment

The size zero debate is never far away from the fashion world, but this year it took a new turn when certain industry figures decided to take action. Earlier this year, Katie Grand chose Beth Ditto to front the first issue of Love magazine as the singer posed naked on the cover. Then, British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman added to the debate by blaming designers for the changing sample size. She argued that well known models now don't fit in to the pieces, "Daisy Lowe is a good example. She wouldn't fit into these samples."


Mark Fast was the most famous designer to take note of her words and went on to use plus size models on the catwalk for Spring 2010. The move shocked those watching in London and reportedly made his stylist walk out. More recently, V Magazine have embraced the changing shape of fashion by dedicating a whole issue to plus size models. The magazine will hit newsstands in January 2010 and will include Crystal Renn, Kate Dillon, Mia Tyler and Hayley Morley (who has become famous since Fast's show). How do you feel about the changing face of fashion?

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Marie-Denee Marie-Denee 6 years
I find the whole movement of sorts both amusing, yet frustrating, but for the most part, I am optimistically hopeful! As a plus size fashion blogger I have been chronicling the exposure, debates, concerns, bashing, acceptance, and the fashion forward editorials of plus size women represented over on The Curvy Fashionista. While I find it refreshing, I agree with @ballonDoggy, in that one issue will not change, and pitting size zero against a plus size woman does not substantiate a change, however it is a baby step in the right direction. What needs to be done is a showcasing a constant consistency of diversity within fashion, in order for there to be any acceptance, any change, any movement with and for body love. Keep it Curvy! Marie Denee The Curvy Fashionista
BallonDoggy BallonDoggy 6 years
What I don't get is why must it be either plus sized or size zero? What about models who are just, not sure if average is the word, but just a normal average weight. I don't understand why it has to be one extreme or the other. What I am sick of is when a magazine like Glamour makes a big deal about doing a spread with, again, plus sized women for a few pages in one issue and then are back to using skinny models the rest of the year and think they are changing the whole modeling world or something.
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
I am still not of the opinion that designers nor magazine editors should HAVE to use plus-sized models. I am plus-sized; and as I do not think it's right to force anyone to use only stick-thin models; I don't think that about plus-sized. I am very happy to see diversity; however; and I do believe that it can have a positive effect on the body image of women in general...
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