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In Her Words: Calvin Klein Sparks “What Is Plus Size” Debate With The Use Of A Size 10 Model

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In Her Words: Calvin Klein Sparks “What Is Plus Size” Debate With The Use Of A Size 10 Model

In Her Words’ is a column from DailyVenusDiva.com that allows our readers and other bloggers to  share their opinions on the news that is currently making headlines.  Today’s commentary comes from Farrah Estrella of the blog Estrella Fashion Report.  You can follow Emerald on Tumblr and on Instagram.  If you would like to submit an ‘In Her Words’ blog post, click HERE.

Model Myla Dalbesio is a size 10 model and featured in Calvin Klein's new ad.

Model Myla Dalbesio is a size 10 model and featured in Calvin Klein’s new ad.

The new Calvin Klein plus size model controversy…….. Well, she is what they call an in-betweenie.  Too fat to be a regular model (according to the fashion industry, but not me for the record) and too skinny to be plus.

Plus size models start at a 14 for print/catalog, the average American woman is a size 14. Regular models are size 0-4 tops so her being a size 10 is what puts her in that in-betweenie category which there are thousands of women like that. I see it as a step in the right direction, at least Calvin Klein is using bigger models, but if you are going to go there then go all out and hire a size 14 model. There are many beautiful plus size models out there. This girl is gorgeous and I feel bad that she is caught up in the cross fire of the plus size debate. Maybe CK should’ve called it an athletic line, but certainly not plus size. I say athletic because a lot of athletes fit that in-between category, they are muscular, not skinny not plus, but very fit.

Then again, Calvin Klein may be onto something here.  The brand did change the fashion industry in the 90s when they introduced us to the super skinny models and Kate Moss at 5’7 for runway when runway models have always being 5’9 and above. Maybe CK is trying to change the fashion industry again by introducing bigger models.  Making amends? Who knows!! CK loves controversy, the whole brand has been built around it. It’s working!! CK is the talk of the town and this has gone viral.

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