Project Runway – like the rest of the fashion world – tends to focus on size zero to two. What if the popular fashion series featured size 12 models?
Tim Gunn’s comment in a Hollywood Reporter roundtable on reality shows has been all over fashion blogs. When asked what sort of reality show he wished he could do but hasn’t yet, Gunn responded:
“I would like to do a season of Project Runway where every model is larger than a size 12.”
It was one sentence in an otherwise unrelated interview, but it seems to be striking a cord, and that makes a lot of sense. The average American woman wears a size 14. Women are so ashamed of their bodies that putting on a swimsuit to play in the pool with your kids is considered challenge-worthy. Of course we want to see average sized women represented in fashion!
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To its credit, Project Runway has at least one plus size challenge per season. There seems to always be one designer who can’t bear to design clothing for a woman that isn’t shaped like a mannequin, but Tim Gunn and (usually) the other designers do a good job of giving that person some perspective.
Project Runway is about launching fashion careers, and I like that idea of rewarding designers who know how to work with a variety of women’s bodies. Because sure, some women wear a size zero to two. But some of us are a size six. Some of us wear a 12. And we all need clothes that fit, y’all.
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