Yep, that’s me and those pants I’m wearing are a size 10. I model for my friends (seeing as I’m a photo major), but if I wanted to model for real, I’d have to apply as a plus size model. And excuse me for being vain, but that’s just ridiculous.
Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m tall and slim. I clock in at 5’10” and weigh about 150 pounds. That’s a healthy weight for me, and I love my body. Growing up, all my mom’s friends would tell me I should be a model. It was always something I though about, but once I grew up I knew I would have to lose 30 pounds if I wanted to pursue it. And I like nutella and pizza just a little too much for that.
It’s always angered me that the modelling world is so severely disillusioned when it comes to ‘plus size’ models. Do I look plus-sized to you? Because it sure doesn’t look that way to me. I would flip through Vogue and think to myself, I could take a picture like that. And what do you know, I can. So there, Anna Wintour!
Photo editors and art directors seem to think that an anorexic model will make photos look better because ‘the camera adds 10 pounds’, and these girls need 10 more pounds, at least. When I’m photographing, I hate shooting super skinny girls. I want women who look like women, dammit!
I think the fashion world is slowly changing. People are starting to realize that a size 4 model like Lara Stone looks just as good (if not better) than a size 0 model. The healthy look is coming back into fashion, and my generation is here to see that it follows through.
Modelling shouldn’t be about who’s the thinnest girl in the room. My friends don’t photograph me because I’m skinny. They photograph me because I have confidence, and I know what looks good. Hopefully the fashion world will see that too someday.
What do you guys think? Is the standard for ‘plus-size’ ridiculous? Or do I definitely look like an obese cow?
Photo Credit from top to bottom: Stephanie Carmicheal, Cristina Cianci, Connor Hughes, Nicole Morley.