I hate the term “plus size”, if you look it up it means someone that is overweight. What I dislike even more is that healthy beautiful women that model are referred to as plus sized because they are bigger than “straight size”(size 0-4). These women are in no way fat. Models should be models. When people ask me about modeling I like to refer to it as being curvy. I believe you should be healthy no matter what your natural size is. Which brings up another story I was thinking of. Recently there was a controversial editorial showing curvy model Katya Zharkova posing nude with another woman who appears to be a size 0/2. (it doesn’t say her exact size) It has a caption in the picture that says “most runway models meet the Body Mass index physical criteria for anorexia.” I know that Plus Model Mag was trying to make something positive of this and change the way we view beauty,(which I’m very excited about!) but this can be damaging to many women and girls and I will tell you why. Body Mass index is not an accurate way to tell if someone has an eating disorder, as BMI is off on most body types, it is unrealistic. (I know a body builder who took a BMI test and it said he was obese! crazy!) I was a straight size model for 4 years and I can tell you from experience that I only knew a handful of girls that had an eating disorder/had crazy diets and over exercised to keep their size. Most all of the models you see on runways and editorials are naturally skinny, I’ve personally seen girls eat whatever they want and not gain a pound. That is how their body is. The discrimination can go both ways, I know models who have experienced this. I was to big to be a straight size and now that I am back to my normal weight I am often told that I am not big enough! We need to make a change to include women of all sizes.
Some of my favorite models In order from top to bottom: Lara Stone, Robyn Lawley, Abbey Lee Kershaw, and Tara Lynn