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More and more I’ve been reading about how plus size models and industry people are asking for the word “plus” to be taken out of rotation. As someone who has been in the industry for many years, it makes me wonder why the sudden push to fade out the word “plus” has been introduced in so many conversations.
On the one hand we have people who believe that there should be no distinction between the models, and that this would open up doors for more “plus size” models. They believe that the word “plus size” makes the models “less than” and that with the word “plus”, they are not afforded the same opportunities as their straight sized counterparts.
I can understand why “plus size” models, especially those that are on the smaller side of plus, would not want to be called plus size models – since they are not plus sized women, but isn’t that the reason they tell us when we ask “why is a size 8 and 10 considered plus size”?
The plus size modeling industry began as a response to a growing industry that clothed plus size women in sizes 12/14 and up. In years past the clothing for plus size women was very mature and not stylish – most young girls either made their own clothing or suffered through their school years, because the clothing was not age appropriate. The models were also bigger, size 16 and 18 worked sometimes as much as size 12 and 14, and Wilhelmina’s plus size division called themselves Wilhelmina 10/20, which they changed last year to W Curve. Models like Taylor Bartoe, Jessica Lavoie, Charlotte York and Lisa Scott were visibly plus sized and working regularly.
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But it makes me so sad to see 15 year old girls (and younger) trying to lose weight. Little ones, you’re beautiful. Hold your head high, resist the media.
As the Spring weather has begun to peak it’s head out – shoppers are looking to incorporate a bit of color into their wardrobe. One color that is sure to make you feel fabulous is Yellow. Many designers and brands are incorporating yellow into their collections as a base rather than an accent.
Check out some great ideas to incorporate some sunshine in your wardrobe. Is yellow your personal do or don’t? Go to www.plus-model-mag.com to see if yellow is your Do or Don’t.
Loving so much of what was presented to me at the Jessica London NYC offices - I went for the most stylish looks that played up to my personal style.
The Oxford Tunic with jeggings was a winner for me - comfort and style whether worn with a heeled sandal or flats.
The NEW Kimono Sleeve Dress appealed to my new love affair with colors. The sleeves gave me room and balanced my silhoutte. The dress comes with a built-in waist panel but I love that it also leaves the option for a great belt. While I’m at it - I think I’ll get the same dress in black for those late night dinner meetings.
My favorite was the Safari Chic Shirt dress - This dress will make all body shapes look wonderful because of the great construction, neck line and cuff right above the elbow. If your not a “print” person, the dress is also available in Red Ochre and Cappuccino. Add a Jessica London belt and wear it from day to evening!
Shoes! Shoes! Shoes! Need I say more? I fell in love with Jessica London shoes last year when I was given these amazing black sandals with a medium heel. For the new season my favorites are Comfortview “Faye” sandals in Snake, “Cookie” Slingback and the “Jill” braided sandal in gold.
What was I most surprised about? The swimwear preview! Check out PLUS Model Magazine’s swimwear preview featuringJessica London.
Vibrant colors in print and solids paired with great style will bring something for every age and body type.. all that you are looking for in a swimwear collection.
Check out the looks on JL Buzz!
Plus size designer Tennille White featured a collection of sophisticated brightly colored dresses and gorgeous jumpers, during BET’s Rip The Runway last night. Her style is classy and the movement of the garments showed the attention to detail in every piece.
Models included March 2011 PLUS Model Magazine cover model Liris Crosse, Mia Amber Davis, Jeannie Ferguson, Kai Morae, Natalie Monet, Chasity Saunders and Allyshia Hamilton.
Missing from the show, were other plus size designers. I remember the first year I attended the awards, there were at least two plus size designers and almost 30 girls. Past designers include Monif C, Qrystal Frazier Designs and Douglas Says, yet seven years in; we are no more included than we were in the very beginning. Many of the models reported feeling uncomfortable when “Diddy” produced the show about two or three years ago. Apparently he does not believe plus size fashion is REAL fashion, and wanted to cut the segment altogether. I think that year less than 10 plus size models walked the runway.
Go to PLUS-Model-Mag.com to read the rest and have your voice be heard!