I woke up this morning inundated with more media coverage of this “plus sized” model. Ugh. This isn’t even something I’d normally write or care about, but for reason, it’s really grinding my gears. Have you seen the new cover? Don’t get me wrong, she’s quite beautiful. Unfortunately I had to crop out most of the photo because it is much too sexual to put on a family website.
But if I hear one more time “She’s the first plus-sized model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated….” I’m going to scream.
Dear America, size 12 is not plus sized. It’s average. I have my doubts anyway that she is in fact even a size 12, but letting that part slide and assuming she is…size 12 is not plus sized. I don’t work in fashion, so I don’t know what the hard and fast line is here…18, 20? maybe? But it’s not 12. Business Insider says that it is 14. They also state in that article that 67% of all American women are in the 14-34 or “plus sized” range.
So please, please stop trying to convince us that this is what plus-sized looks like. Trying to convince us that she is a plus-sized woman is just as dangerous as trying to convince us that your size 0 models are average. And I haven’t even touched on the fact of “what does a picture of a woman pulling down her bikini bottom (which is in the photo, but I cropped it) in a very suggestive and sexual way have to do with sports?”
Oh right….your key demographic.
It’s bad enough you’re getting young boys all hot and bothered with your legal soft-core porn available in the grocery store…please don’t insult the intelligence of their mothers too.
The kicker to all this? Her comment in Time Magazine: “I don’t know if I consider myself as a plus-size model or not,” Lawley, who is represented by Wilhelmina Models, says. “I just consider myself a model because I’m trying to help women in general accept their bodies. ”
Right. That’s exactly what you’re doing.