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Fittingly Mad: Vogue Shape Issue

We already know that fashion mags make us feel bad. But every year Vogue publishes a shape issue every April and every year I buy it, hoping that it will illustrate some sort of enlightenment happening in the fashion world or that it will positively change my own view of myself. This year was not quite as disappointing as years past, but it left a lot to be desired.

First off, it seemed like every time a woman was noted as thin, the statement was followed by how much she loved and ate food. It just felt a little conspicuous.

I guess I just want to flip through a fashion mag, whose self proclaimed theme is the diversity of the female form, and see well, some diversity. All the women except the one beautiful plus size model seem quite thin too me. And somehow in the pages of Vogue even Scarlett Johansson looks less curvaceous. How did they do that? We learn from the pages of Vogue that even former super model Paulina Porizkova hates a part of her body - her knees. Please...Another lithe lady complains that low waisted jeans do not suit her. Great to know. But, that doesn't feel like she is sharing some burden with the reader, more like she is saying, "Don't hate me because I am beautiful. Where is the every woman? I have never been able to identify with the women of the glossy mags, but I always hope that in the shape issue I will. This year, once again, I did not.


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tifygodess24 tifygodess24 10 years
Well crap, I have the wrong job then , damn Im a size 8/9 and never knew I qualified as a plus size model , I better call Glamour ! They must be in need of "fat *sses " like me...Plz! :OY:
DCStar DCStar 10 years
Does anybody here read the Glamour blogs? I was reading one of them, and the editor wrote that some of their "PLUS SIZED" models are a size 8! Can you BELIEVE that? They're passing off size 8 as plus sized. I was horrified!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I think there are other mags that do a little better with their shape issues I never liked how stereotypical they have as their body shapes. Its always petite, curvy and tall and if we are lucky they will throw in a pear shaped body. But what about people who are combos. Take me for example Im tall (5'10) but Im pear shaped I would like some combo advice thank you very much :irk:
mallomar mallomar 10 years
I agree! Ive bought Vogue's 'shape issue' in the past and it seems that the shapes Vogue thinks women come in are: tall and thin, petite and thin, and curvy but still thin. Where's the average size woman? You know the one who's not plus size but is still not still built like either a supermodel or Scarlett Johanson. Annoying.
Chickonspeed Chickonspeed 10 years
I do totally agree with you! :-) I came across an online fashion mag with plus size models (Skorch): and it was way much better on my mood !
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