The average American woman wears a size 14. Crystal Renn, America's top plus-size model, wears a 12. Is it surprising plus-size models are smaller than the women they embody? Hardly, when you consider regular models have size zeros taken in. Yet while magazines are making size 2s smaller, they're making size 12s bigger.
"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.