Should 'Plus Size' Models Just Be Called Models?

Pring on left
Marquita Pring
is taking the fashion world by storm. She is beautiful, 20, and on top of her game professionally. She is also what the fashion industry calls a "plus size" model, but she would like to change that term. She tells New York Magazine:

I think we need to phase out the category "plus-size models." I'm a model. I'm doing the same catalogue and editorial jobs as the "normal" models. Slowly, as designers start incorporating bigger girls into their shows and campaigns, I'm confident people will start seeing us as normal, healthy models who are just as beautiful and capable as the girls we are used to seeing. I think curvier models are still viewed as relatively new to the fashion world. People are finally starting to embrace us, and we aren't just being seen for our tits and ass, but for our overall beauty and ability.

Amen to that. Pring is right, but I would take it even one step further.


The problem with "plus size" model is that it implies that the woman is something other than a real model. It's like saying, "she has such a pretty face" or "she's pretty for an overweight girl." It's a pejorative. Whether you mean it as such or not.

Nobody wants to be considered plus size, let's be honest. We can be happy with being in our own skin and be comfortable with it, but the goal is usually a 6 or an 8 (or a 0, yikes). It isn't a 10 or a 12, both of which are considered plus size. In the US, the average size is a 14. What does it say that "plus" size models are smaller than that?

It would be nice if we could get away from the notion that size defines our beauty so much. I'm just as guilty of this when I obsess over remaining a size 4 or fret over any extra flab I perceive, but maybe a good step toward helping us "real" women stop obsessing is to make modeling clothing something women of all sizes do. Maybe if models represented more of a range of body size, but weren't defined or pigeon holed by their size, we would be able to get past it.

Look, I get it. In the fashion world, sample sizes are a certain size and anything larger is "plus," but it can't be impossible to change things up a little. We don't need to live in a world of denial to acknowledge that bodies come in different sizes, not one normal one and others that are bigger.

I am with Pring. Let's get rid of "plus size" modeling and call everyone "models."

What do you think of this idea?


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