"Because I am a plus-size model, they like to make an example," Crystal told the New York Times. "They see a roll, and they say, ‘Ooh, a roll!’ And they focus on it." But magazines are doing more than that. Crystal admits publications have added weight, making her more a size 20 than 12. Meanwhile another size-12, plus-size model, Jennie Runk, confessed she sometimes wears padding for photo shoots.
Is it patronizing to let a model, smaller than the average woman, represent plus sizes? Yes, of course! But no more than letting a 100-pound woman represent everyone else.