(Photo: PLUS Model Magazine)
There is a storm a brewin' over at PLUS Model Magazine. Accompanying a positively stunning editorial (check it out here) featuring ANTM alum Katya Zharkova are statistics that apparently have gotten a few bloomers in a twist.
Some of the statistics cited include:
- Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23% less.
- Ten years ago plus-size models averaged between size 12 and 18. Today the need for size diversity within the plus-size modeling industry continues to be questioned. The majority of plus-size models on agency boards are between a size 6 and 14, while the customers continue to express their dissatisfaction.
- Most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia.
- 50% of women wear a size 14 or larger, but most standard clothing outlets cater to sizes 14 or smaller.
In a follow-up editorial, editor-in-chief Madeline Figueroa-Jones offers several ways for stacked women to flex their muscles economically and socially. A few of her ideas include:
- Support the companies who market to you.
- Use social networking sites and email to let brands and designers know how you feel about clothing, options and the use of straight sized models (thin models) to market to you.
- Your dollars count! If you stop buying at “Store A” and let them know you will not be purchasing clothing until they market to you, this will raise concern.
- Use every avenue and opportunity you have available to you for your voice to be heard.
- Indie designers need our support.
Sounds reasonable...right? Well maybe to you and me, but a lot of folks out there seem to think that a stacked woman is condoning an unhealthy lifestyle (because as we all know, a woman over a size 12 has terrible eating habits...and she would never work up a sweat) by asserting herself by way of being comfortable in her own skin. Read Ms. Figueroa-Jones' editorial (click here to read it) and take a gander at Katya's layout and let me know what you think.