PS: Are there supermodels in the industry?
NC: Kind of! I just started working with a petite model who has been working for 30 years — and she clearly does everybody's petites.
PS: Has she had to keep the exact same measurements for 30 years?
NC: Yeah. They all have to go in for measurements, same as all models. The ones who work for agencies have to go in once a month to make sure they’re keeping their measurements.
PS: Are there any trends in the industry?
NC: There's one trend that has been going on for a long time, and it’s called vanity sizing. Vanity sizing is what everyone has done in the last eight years to accommodate women (especially in America) who are bigger. So what was once a 6 became a 4, a 2 became a 0, across the board in the industry.
PS: Would labels keep the same model and just change the size?
NC: In some cases, yes; people aren't fitting on a different-size body than they had been before.
PS: Does that mean there is no standard for sizing?
NC: There are certain measurements that are known to be true; there is a size small for the industry. Whether you call that a 6 or an 8 is where it gets fuzzy. What people maybe used to call an 8, they’re calling a 6.
PS: Are those measurements you mentioned where brands get their sizing guides?
NC: That's where the numbers come from. When brands list an inch range, that's based on their fit model. I build my size scale based our my medium fit model's measurements, and she's an 8 to 10. So I write up a range that is based on her chest, waist, hips, legs, whatever. And I do the same for 1X, and build out the inches in between (subtracting for smaller sizes and adding for larger sizes). And the numbers I come up with will probably work for smalls and larges.
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