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Plus-Size Magazine Issues Hurt More Than Help

Body Issues: Plus-Size Magazine Issues Hurt More Than Help

French Elle's April issue has hit stands, and it's the annual plus-size edition. We already know plus-size models probably don't make women, of any size, feel better about their bodies, but continuing to ghettoize them into one issue just makes size, well, an issue.

Of course, plus-size model is in itself a misnomer. America's top-earning plus-size model, Crystal Renn, is a size 12, one size smaller than the average American woman. If a so-called plus-size model can wear regular-size clothes then why not just integrate her into every magazine issue. Or if the jump from size 2 to 12 is too much, why not try size 6 or 8 models?

For all this whining, I don't oppose Vogue's rumored decision to not feature Gabby Sidibe. She's an actress and a personality who supersedes her weight. If Vogue's shtick is to showcase clothes, then by all means choose those who wear them best. It would be at the very least hypocritical of editor Anna Wintour after calling overweight people "little houses" last year.

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Now put Gabby in Vogue's size issue, and I will take issue with that!

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SakinaCzubowski SakinaCzubowski 7 years
Im that model pictured :D just to let to you know im a very fit healthy girl, I play sports and exercise every day!! If you have a photo taken at that angle you are more likely to have a double chin look if you want to see more photos of me become a friend on facebook Sakina Czubowski. I think that every size should be looked at for women. I have friends that are a size 0 that is just them i also have friends that are my size or larger. Just love your body and love others. Be happy with what you have :D
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
oops, forgot part of my point. i have a size 0-4 waist (the fact that my waist varies that much by brand is indicator #1 that sizes are BS), but thanks to years of gymnastics, volleyball, and other high-impact sports, i have some pretty big thighs. i have to move up to a size 6 in some brands just to get their pants over my thighs. so if you look at my waist, according to some of you, i'd be fine, but in certain brands i'd be borderline overweight, which is indicator #2 that you can't judge somebody on what size they wear. everybody is different. why can't we embrace healthy women of all shapes instead of telling them that their size 8 is gross? isn't that the kind of mindset that produces eating disorders?
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
look, i'm a skinny girl, but these posts are annoying...size doesn't mean much. i'd rather see healthy girls of ALL sizes. yes, there are healthy size 0s, but there are also healthy size 10s...and there are unhealthy people of all sizes. while i don't believe in focusing on overweight women, i also would rather not focus on underweight women. i'd rather see clothes on a toned woman than a skeleton. serena williams probably isn't under a size 6, and if somebody would call her unhealthy, i'd call them a crackhead.
jth jth 7 years
Amen, T. Amen.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Ok I'm done now. I should have not fallen into this trap about weight. No one is going to agree on anything. This whole post looks exactly like this one: http://www.tressugar.com/Plus-Size-Models-Touched-Up-Look-Larger-7037107 Just with a different heading. Done and done.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
"However I also don't see the point of these continued attacks against heavier women." Funny, the only attacks I've seen here have been against thin women. You laughed when TammyO likened thin women to insects, but would you have laughed if someone compared plus-sized models to pigs? Seems like kind of a double standard. However, I DO agree with you that neither obesity nor unhealthy thiness should be celebrated. I have zero desire to see models with eating disorders. TammyO - It's starvation that leads to those conditions, not being thin. There are many thin women who don't starve themselves, and they're not at any higher risk for anemia or missing periods than anyone else. I agree with you that tall, thin women are most likely to get osteoporosis, but there's not much one can do about one's height.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Well said, simplyfab!
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 7 years
From what I have read, it is rare that a woman can be a size 0 or 00 and be healthy. I know one woman who is like that but it doesn't come around often. Even with exercise and a clean spotless diet its rare. So there are multiple health adversities that can come from being too skinny. Yes being skinny as many health advantages but being too skinny doesn't. I'm not attacking trying to attack skinny women at all, I'm one of them. However I also don't see the point of these continued attacks against heavier women. I and almost everyone knows that being obese is not healthy but I don't understand or continuously bashing them is helping them or the obesity problem that we are facing in this country. So to sum by rambling. Too Skinny is not ok and obese and overweight are not ok. I just don't understand why one is celebrated and the other is looked down upon. This is all.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
"Please direct me to ONE illness where being thin, in and of itself, is a known risk factor, and then you can call me a hypocrite" Well...there can be anemia, missed periods, greater risk of osteoporosis later in life.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
SCIENCE! :true:
boredgourdless boredgourdless 7 years
I would like to see middle-sized (4-10) girls in advertising for a very selfish reason. I have boobs, okay? And because I do a lot of online shopping, some thin girl without boobs gives me absolutely no indication of how a shirt would look on me. I need help! Hire the big booby girls! In all seriousness, I'm 5'4 and a size 8. I have lost four sizes in the past year (from a 12, so is that really two sizes?). I think the smallest I could ever be is a size 6, because I am broad shouldered and hipped. We are made in different shapes. Even now, I could stand to lose a few inches off my waist, but my hip bones are already sticking out. It's just the way I am, it's just the way I carry my weight. We, as women, don't fit into the same category of "shape", and implying that X size is too big, or X size is too small is black/white thinking.
jth jth 7 years
Well, actually, I don't think she called either of you praying mantises technically, she said that was the body type you prefer. And, although you crouch what you say in health terms, it's still judgment and it's still negative. I would think that you, of all people, would not tolerate judgment of other people's life style choices.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Simplyfab - Obesity is listed as a risk factor for a host of illnesses. Please direct me to ONE illness where being thin, in and of itself, is a known risk factor, and then you can call me a hypocrite. As I said before, unless thinness is caused by disordered eating, then it's actually very healthy to be thin. Also, I don't believe I ever said that size 10-12 people are automatically unhealthy. I was referring to obesity. And TammyO, I think it's funny that you're the only one on here so far who has made a hateful comment about someone's body type (praying mantis). I imagine I could come up with a variety of creative nicknames for plus-sized women, but I actually have a personal policy of not making fun of people based on their weight.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 7 years
^^ Haha Tammy you are funny!
TammyO TammyO 7 years
^^ Well # 43, over-size-6-phobes can't keep an open mind about any other body type that is not bordering on the pysique of a praying mantis.
jth jth 7 years
I'm a fat girl and I love plus size issues of everything; I go out of my way to buy them. I'm beautiful, you can't convince me that I'm not and I love to see another big girl have her beauty celebrated. I just thought somebody fat should write in and let it be known that not all fat people are sitting around moping and caring what other people have to say about it.
nyxmoxie nyxmoxie 7 years
I hate plus size issues, I hate those Dove ads as well. I'm 30 pounds overweight but still I just hate them and can't stand them, sorry but plus size isn't healthy. Fat isn't healthy, never was, never will be.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
^^ There are only a few amoung us who are obviously into size 8 and above hatred, and it sure isn't me!
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 7 years
Wow this website is filled with hypocrites! The same people who are quick to say "just because I'm a 0 doesn't make me unhealthy" or "just because I'm really skinny doesn't mean I'm unhealthy" are the first to judge "fat" people. They are the first to assume a size 10 or 12 person simply cannot be healthy. Its just becoming unbelievable the size hate and judgment on this site.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Anon #38 - I totally agree with you. I think it's a common misconception that anyone who has a BMI in the "underweight" range is unhealthy, when in reality, it's only unhealthy if the individual is underweight due to disordered eating. Up until a year ago, I was technically underweight at 5'8 and 115, but I was totally fine, and when I went to purchase new health insurance, the insurance underwriter was absolutely thrilled with my weight because they're so used to dealing with obese people. So yeah, if insurance companies don't see being underweight, in and of itself, as a health risk, then that says a lot since they go out of their way to find "flaws" in applicants' health history. Hypnoticmix - I see your point, but I think it's short-sighted to say that being overweight isn't unhealthy merely because someone is presently in good healthy. I have obese friends who are my age (26) who don't have any adverse health effects. But the concern isn't that being obese automatically makes you unhealthy but rather that it pretty much guarantees you'll have certain health issues (heart disease, Type II Diabetes) down the road, even if it's 10+ years in the future. I also know a few smokers my age who are 100% healthy right now, but I don't think anyone would jump to their defense and say "hey, they don't have lung cancer YET so obviously smoking is fine for some people." It's the same with obesity - it will kill you, just not today.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Okay well we'll just have to agree to disagree on that point. Good for you for being active. I too am a gym rat and I've coached team sports for 8 years. I also use to be heavy when I was an adolescent. I just think that yes some people can be visually over weight and by that I don't mean obese and still be by medical standards healthy it just depends on the individual. I think the point to take away from all of these size debates is every one get up and start moving and live a healthy lifestyle. You'll feel better for it and no you don't have to shed every last pound of fat off to be healthy.
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