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Plus Model Magazine Asks: Plus Size Bodies, What’s Wrong With Them Anyway?

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In keeping with the great amount of body and image positivity around here, there was a recent spread in Plus Model Magazine that gave some eye-opening facts about plus size bodies and models. It’s interesting to see that there has even been changes in the plus size modeling world when it comes to the average size of said models. I also find it perplexing that in a lot of agencies a size six is considered plus size and that the average weight of a fashion model is 23% less than your everyday gal. This spread had me realizing something else though, which is I think the “runway” model’s body in the spread is just as beautiful.

With all of the articles dealing with plus size versus average sized versus petite sized women, I think it’s important to state that ALL bodies are beautiful. One must remember that even though a woman may be a size zero, it’s not necessarily because she’s starving herself to achieve that. Just the same as any woman who is a size 14 doesn’t necessarily eat solely junk food and or live a sedentary life.

I love reading articles that bring to light the idea that every different size and shape needs to be used in print. There are healthy and happy women of every size and shape in the world, and they each want equal representation-from the size zero to the size 24. I believe that it’s important to understand that acceptance of all body types is the quickest way to gain self acceptance. While it’s important to move towards greater representation of every size, it shouldn’t be done in a compare and contrast fashion. It should be done with the knowledge that, as women, we are always going to be judged on our bodies so we should all band together in love and acceptance for the wonderful bodies we have each been provided.

What do you think? Do you think comparing sizes of women and models is necessary? Do you think there is different language or a more positive spin that needs to be put on the plus sized versus runway sized model debate? I would love to hear your input pertaining to this! Feel free to leave any comments, questions, or links!

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[Model image via Plus Modeling Magazine]

Written by Maria

Hey there! I'm Maria Raffaelle and I currently live in Chicago, IL. I have a passion for all things eco-friendly in makeup, skincare, haircare, and fashion. The crafter in me loves to put a DIY twist on beauty too! One of my goals is to help women realize that they are all beautiful; no matter their size, shape, or skin. Let's celebrate the beauty in each of us, together!


  1. Yes! Thank you! I get tired of this discussion being so weighted toward the Plus Size end of things. All of us are beautiful, and when we say that plus sized women are “REAL women,” WHAT are we saying about those of us who tend toward the smaller end of things.

    At the age of 40 (I am now 43), I returned to dance and changed my whole life. Now I spend my days teaching intuitive dance to women of all ages, and the main point of that process is to completely inhabit the body we are in RIGHT NOW. As I myself have gotten in better and better shape (due to my WORK), I often hear catty remarks about being “too thin.” What? What does that even mean? I eat heartily and I work hard. Period. And this is my body! It is not some…manipulated construction.

    Women need to be more thoughtful about what they say to other women. We are our own worst enemies, as we are the ones who completely buy into all of these compartmentalized differentiations.

  2. I love this article. This is the basic premise for our new apparel line, BisyG. We are a plus size line for tween girls. It becomes so dangerous to encourage young girls to start to diet and make them lose weight. We believe that all girls should love the way they look, regardless of shape or size. All girls should have the same opportunity to be able to have choices for their wardrobe and right now, there is nothing out there for girls to buy unless they are a very thin. At this fragile age, if the girls feel good about how they look and accept their bodies, they will be self-confident and be less likely to make choices detrimental to their lives. Thanks again for the article and awareness of this issue.
    Kerry LaVelle

  3. Great post. I agree with you about ALL bodies are beautiful. There are people so attractive and not necessary with a top model body. I think the photo is amazing! good job!

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