The most talked about subject throughout the weekend with over 300,000 in readership activity, 7,000 Facebook likes, over 7,600 Facebook shares and continuing it’s viral momentum with over 1,000 Twitter shares in three short days is the article Plus Size Bodies, What Is Wrong With Them Anyway? This article and Plus Model Mag photos appeared in the free online magazine Plus Model Magazine. As Plus Size and Tall reported last week (Plus Model Magazine hits the headlines with thought provoking images) the magazine launched an article highlighting the difference between plus size models and ‘normal’ models along side shocking images and statistics.
Of course, such an article has not gone unnoticed by the press and media! Plus Model Magazine launched the Plus Model Mag photos to spark a conversation about size acceptance and the need to acknowledge all body sizes as beautiful. Interestingly, Spain and France have adopted a minimum BMI for models to ensure they do not become to skinny and unhealthy. This has not happened in the US. ABC reported that American Supermodels of 20 or 30 years ago were around a size 6 which would be considered plus size by some agencies today. Yet Huffington Post has questioned the validity of the statistics in the article especially the stat “Most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia.” They concluded: “Really, the only thing new or “shocking” about this story’s message is that it got people’s attention. I could be wrong, but I think the naked girl-on-girl action probably had something to do with it.”
There has been a mixed bag of comments generated by the Plus Model Mag photos too. Some people believe that to promote plus size is to promote an unhealthy body. (I know! It is an old and tired argument.): “This is a blatant and self perpetuating effort for many individuals to declare there is nothing wrong with being overweight…it’s our natural condition and is naturally “beautiful.” The fact of the matter is that it is neither… and such self congratulatory praise for an overweight physical condition sets an unhealthy example.” Whilst others are in full support of the article “We all women are brainwashed to believe that we are ugly and men will never look at us if we are not starving… We need more variety of healthy female body images.” And some are just plain fed up with the continuing argument between plus size and normal “Personally I find it very sad and disturbing that everyone is butting heads with each other on this. Plus sized women calling thin women anorexic and thin women calling plus sized women fat and lazy. You all seriously need to snap out of this “us against them” attitude. All women are beautiful in their own way. Different shapes, sizes, colors who are you to put that beauty in a box and say “This is right and you all are wrong”? I think BOTH models are beautiful and have beautiful bodies! There is no need to label one as anorexic and the other as fat,”
The main objective of Plus Model Mag photos was to get the conversation started, to remind people that plus size bodies are beautiful too and plus size women deserve equality in the fashion industry, be it models or women wanting to shop for plus size fashion. “Not everyone is meant to be skinny, our bodies are beautiful and we are not talking about health here because not every skinny person is healthy.” What did you think of the Plus Model Mag photos? Read the original article in Plus Model Magazine at http://plus-model-mag.com* = Lien partenaire