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Plus size modeling is not always a term to which I agree. The average runway model is a size 0 or 00, and stands at about 5′ 9″, while the average “plus size model” is 10 or 12 (which frankly, is “goal weight” post-baby for some of us mommas). Why should the so-called “normal” models be roughly the width of my thigh, while the “plus sized models” more greatly exemplify the healthy, curvy women we see today? Now I’m not saying that we should glorify the concept of being obese or having an unhealthy lifestyle, but these women are clearly not sitting around eating Cheetos and watching Bones all day long (even if that’s exactly what I did whilst pregnant).
Being a curvy woman who appreciates her health (and has enough body fat to actually produce a baby) does not make us an anomaly…it should make us the standard. It’s true that some of us are petite and can’t help it, while others are voluptuous no matter what size jeans they’re wearing. But having a culture that tells us a Giuliana Rancic bobble-head is the ideal (as if being underweight gives us a sign of status as women) is more than ridiculous. Confidence, intelligence and grace should be the standard to which we set ourselves, and most plus size models exemplify this perfectly. I don’t want to be told I should hunch my shoulders like a pre-pubescent, malnourished kid, or that I should forfeit my last ounce of body fat to resemble a hanger (as runway models are often told). Guess what? Fashions look better on real women’s bodies, not worse- so let’s leave the hanger metaphor behind, grow a pair and start designing clothing that looks good on humans.
That being said, we all deserve the chance to celebrate our curves (and this is where www.OneStopPlus.co.uk comes in). This website is not just for plus size womens clothing, but women who want to rejoice in their shape without apologizing. With clothes ranging from size 14 to 40, it has gorgeous dresses (my favorite is this Printed Empire Waist Dress), shoes (love the studded gladiator sandals) and more. They even offer supportive undergarments during pregnancy (trust me, your lady parts will need the support).
* Speak Up: Agree or disagree with the lack of curves in our culture today?