Monday, July 19, 2010
Are They Serious? A Look at Haute Couture "Plus Size" Models
This is the image of upscale, designer 'plus sizes.' Are these people for real?
I was online at Neiman Marcus today, browsing their Last Call sale. I was looking at women's intimates and I saw an icon for "special sizes" and this model, who is quite pretty, popped up. Really? If she is plus size than I must be 'high as a kite' or something. There is no way this model properly and accurately represents plus size women! I am no where near as tall as this model (I am 5'3) but my body type looks similar to this and I wear a 4! I cannot stand it when haute couture markets seek to distort the image of women. Moreover, the models in their 'standard sizes' look so emaciated, it's scary. Like I stated in a post a while back, even companies like Stop Staring are getting on the super-skinny bandwagon.
I am honestly getting sick and tired of fashion's obsession with distorted body types. If one is naturally thin like my mom and sister, I totally understand but when designers go out of their way to select models that look that walking coat hangers, that is another. I think all body types are fine, as long as we are healthy!
As for the plus size models looking like smaller, average women; this is not an honest representation of curvy girls!
Also, what would modern designers think of women like this? I bet they would call her "fat" and then photoshop her!
What do you girls think?