I was kind of blown away at the gym the other day when out of boredom I was forced to read Glamour with Miley Cyrus on the cover only to discover a photo spread, a bathing suit pictorial, no less, bikini-clad even, clearly using a plus-size model with no mention of her unusual status. It was presented like any other fashion shoot in the magazine, and that's not really a small thing.
A few days later I read about Crystal Renn and her big girl photo shoot for Australian Harper's Bazaar. I’d never head of this model, which is hardly surprising since it’s not like I follow models. I was hoping these were two different women but it's not like the universe would allow more than one large model to exist at a time. And as it turned out, yes, it’s the same woman in both magazines.
I’m happy to see a non-traditional model get her due, though it seems more like a fluke than a genuine trend. Give me two or three more current examples and my tune might change. The thing is that Crystal not only isn’t fat, she’s not plus-size by normal people standards at 5’11” and a US size 12 (as someone who’s three inches shorter and a size larger, I would kill for that frame). If you can wear couture (Prada and Dolce & Gabbana go up to a 12, for instance) you are not plus-size. I was disappointed to find out that Topshop, source of much NYC frenzy in the past few weeks only goes up to a size 12. Sadly, I’m excluded but not “fat” models.
I was waiting for Jezebel to post about this so I wouldn't have to go back to the gym, snag the magazine and scan the photos. Credit to them for the above pic.