Plus-Size Models Wearing Fat Suits Are New Fashion Low


italian vogue coverPlus-size models are certainly having a moment. After Italian Vogue featured three beautiful plus-size models on their June cover, the industry has been coming around to the idea that the public is ready for and asking that gorgeous, full-figured models have a significant place in fashion, beauty, and style. Great, right? Well, yes and no. The proliferation of plus-sized models may be a step in the right direction, but the fashion industry is just as fickle with the heavier models as it is with the skinnier ones.

Marquita Pring, who appeared on that June cover, admitted that she's worn thick foam padding under outfits to make her look heavier, rounder, and smoother. We can't win.

Models are either too fat, too skinny, or now ... not fat enough? Pring, 20, says that the "fat suits" are good because she's able to work out and stay healthy, but retain her plus-size modeling gigs. What's next -- Kate Moss gonna put on a Fat Albert suit and get additional work as a plus-size model?

I guess I'm just disappointed. I thought we were getting to see some "real women" (I hate to use that phrase, but you know what I mean) in advertising, but we're not getting that at all. We're getting models wearing padded undergarments that add inches to their waist and thighs in one fell swoop. As with airbrushed regular models, we won't be seeing a real picture of plus-sized models because guess what: Advertisers don't want to show real fat, because, duh that's gross, so they'll use fake fat instead. Problem solved!

This trend toward faking fat and faking curves is terrible. I find it impossible to believe that there are not full-figured models out there who are stunning and curvaceous, and don't need a fat suit.

It's a long road to authenticity in fashion ads, and I guess this is just another bump along the way. I gotta say I did not see this one coming though. Fat suits in fashion? Whodathunk?

What do you think?

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Evaly... EvalynCarnate

This baffles me. They're completely missing the point of the whole plus sized movement. Its about being happy with who you ARE, not what "fashion" can make you. We're not going out trying to get skinny girls to be fat! Its the woman who makes the clothes, not the other way around, after all. These designers are so closed minded...which is very hypocritcal seeing as how they're in the arts and all.

JaneE... JaneEyre27

And plus size models are supposed to be a size 8.  Eight!  So at 5' 9", 145 lbs., and a size 10, the fashion industry considers me .......... a friggin' whale.

Melis... Melissa042807

Doesn't shock me. Nothing about the modeling world is "real". Any attempt to make us think so is just one big marketing machine to get us to buy clothing.

nonmember avatar Tulin

As the Marketing Director for the leading plus size magazine and as a former working plus size model, I can tell you this is not the norm. Does it happen? Yes. With every client and model or in our pages? No. There are so many working beautiful plus size models who do not pad and trust me plus size women have become more excepted in the "mainstream"... I personally find her comments insulting and I am sure her clients are not taking this lightly. As far as I am concerned, if you can't be proud of what you do for a living, maybe you should look into another industry. Or better yet, if you don't like the term plus and feel strongly about it, how about turning down the plus size jobs? It's a win-win in my book.

Polly... PollyMarie

They are very deceptive with this approach. They are not showing us how clothes will fit us.

nonmember avatar Biggirl

Many plus size women have their own fashion idea. They know what they want. Some of them even share their good photos with other members on the BBW dating site "".

CassS... CassSpade

It's not the fashion industry's job to boost self esteem, it's their job to create perfect pictures, and beautiful images. 

If all these women don't like it, then stop wearing make up, stop buying high end clothing, and stop supporting the fashion industry business.


LoriA... LoriAnn87

I'm a plus size women and I want to see plus size women but I really want to see them in the clothes I would like to wear and see how it fits.

nonmember avatar Chandra Chase

I don't want to give away her name, but when I was shooting in LA for Kiyonna one of the most famous plus sized models stepped into a fat suit. I could not believe it...

nonmember avatar FFF

With all the gorgeous full figured women out there, you would think resorting to a "fat suit" would be the last thing that was necessary. Oh well, just gives plus sized ladies one more reason to flaunt their curves and voluptuous attitude wherever they go!

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