I have never seen a plus size model that looks like me.
Never seen extra-wide hips, a stretch mark or two…I have never seen cellulite
on the pages of Roman’s, Woman Within, or even a Torrid add.
If this is the case, what consumers are these clothiers actually trying to attract to
their store? It conveys a message of exclusion. “You can buy our clothes, but we
wouldn’t dare put your love handles on the covers of our magazines.”
I find myself overly frustrated at times by the lack of plus size women being
featured on the covers of a plus size magazine, and even more so that I can’t do
anything about it. So who IS the plus size woman?
Is she America’s Next Top Model’s first “full-size” (not plus) model, Whitney Thompson?
Or is it the face we see time and again in the Torrid mailers, Georgina Burke?
Maybe it’s Toccara Jones, a rare brown face in a sea of caucasian models?
I don’t know about any of you guys, but I can’t relate to any of these women when I look in the mirror. Keep in mind I am taking nothing away from these women; they are beautiful and deserve the attention they receive. But the real question is if you saw one of them walking down the street, would you call them plus size or average size? And if they are the ones representing the full-figured woman, does this mean I should be categorized differently for wearing a size 22 to their 10/12? This post is short because there will be a part two with guest writer Queen Tut soon! Please add any commentary or feedback, thank you!