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Comparing Plus Size and Sample Size — Love It or Leave It?

V Magazine's upcoming issue sets out to prove that fashion can flatter any figure. The magazine attempts this by pitting a "plus-sized" model and a sample-sized model against each other, even offering each model's measurements — Jacquelyn comes in at 5'9'' 32/24/34 and Crystal at 5'9'' 36/31/41. The women are shot wearing the same fabulous frocks and it's hard to argue that they both don't look fierce. But do you think these images empower women of all sizes or does the issue come off as an unhealthy, gimmicky competition?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Interesting anon 37, I thought she looked gigantic too.
karjofas86 karjofas86 7 years
I love it, because it shows how the sample model looks awful, with her skinny bones, against the much fuller richer "plus" size model. that let me tell you.. i think she doesnt look plus at all.. i am a plus size girl and i dont look like that! but i know that i have much more lovely curves that the sample model!
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
In a couple of the photos you can see how they've photoshopped Crystals legs. It's actually a terrible job and makes the whole idea stupid and pointless. If you're going to do this, why not make it really real and put them in more normal clothes and poses and not fix their bodies
zeze zeze 7 years
Although my measurments are really close to the small model (but I am NOT 5'9) I honestly see the model on the right as more attractive. I think in clothes curvier girls look hotter, but in bikinis/naked the skinny girls work it better.
zuke zuke 7 years
Looking at skinny models makes me hungry. I'm really sick of rail-thin-ness.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I don't think "plus-sized" is very accurate. A 31 inch waist sounds about right for someone who's 5'9. Other than that I loved the idea
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
The sample size model's measurements have been changed... she does have 34 inch hips, not 24. Since my measurements are so close to Crystal's, I do like that I get a better idea of how the clothes would look on me.
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 7 years
I think the outfits are fabulous and high fashion. This is not a catalog, it's V. They're not trying to show you outfits to wear everyday. And, they are using the terms "plus-sized" and "normal" in terms of models...completely different scale system. Don't take offense! I'm close to Crystal's size and I'm 5'11. I love seeing high fashion in my size as well as smaller or larger sizes. If you do your part to support the baby steps (ie - this fashion spread) then it could lead to even more real and more diverse magazines in the future.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I think the outfits are hideous and the poses even worse. Crystal Renn should not hold her right arm against the body like that because it makes the arm look bigger than it is whereas holding the arm away from the body makes the arm look more toned/sleek. I agree - it is fern gully meets shiny rave wear. I don't like the side by side juxtapositioning of the women.
meeshee meeshee 7 years
i hate the term "plus-sized." that girl is normal! oish.
finzup finzup 7 years
I am glad "plus sized" is in quotes. I think it's ludicrous to call that "plus sized" girl "plus sized". She is pretty much NORMAL sized. She is toned, fit, and basically just a perfectly proportioned larger size than the skinny model. It's kind of insulting because real plus sized people (size 16 on up) cannot wear these types of clothes. Plus sized clothing needs to be different, for a plus sized body.
outsung outsung 7 years
I agree with ali321 that the women on the right looks much better but honestly when I saw the two pictures next to each other I thought it was just a close up until I read the title of the article and looked closer.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
Hey, they're trying. :)
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
"Yay! Lemme buy this magazine because they clearly care about the real woman!" Puh. Lease.
ali321 ali321 7 years
Persoanlly I think the girl on the right looks better.
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 7 years
I like the idea, & Crystal Renn looks good. The clothes are pretty hideous though.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
First of all, those outfits are kinda ugly. Second of all, how can anyone even tell how the outfits look with the models in those ridiculous poses?
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Apart from everything else, this is pretty useful, if people of different body types would like to imagine what the clothes look like on their body.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I agree -- fashion can flatter any figure. However, like some, I don't like that outfit either. There's also a matter of personal taste. According to those measurements, the models have different body types, too, not just sizes. Unfortunately, their poses hide that fact. Jacqueline (the smaller size model) has a more boyish figure, as her waist and hips are the same measurement, and she has little to no defined waist. Crystal (the larger size model) is pear-shaped with a defined waist. TWO different body types, and TWO different sizes. There are more to women's figures than size. JMHO.
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