When discussing Calvin Klein’s use of a size 10 model to showcase diversity within his new collection, everyone from fans to models had something to say about it. Supermodel Coco Rocha was one of the many models to voice her opinions regarding the public outrage. The Face judge brought up several good points, some of which we’ve even touched on ourselves. Rocha is very vocal in her dislike for titles like “real women” or “plus size” women.
“It should all just be in one genre, it’s just a model,” Rocha told Huffington Post. “Even when they say ‘real women.’ I hate that too. We’re all real. When someone tells me that I’m not real, I say to them, ‘Well, what about me isn’t real?’ I have not changed my figure. This is who I am.”
To show how passionate she is about size equality in the modeling industry, Rocha previously vowed to not go under her size 4 frame, making her larger than some industry standards.
In my opinion, the term “real” is an unfair term for our skinnier counterparts. We’ve mentioned before how it’s reverse shaming when we use Memes that say “Only dogs like bones.” Why is it ok to call petite women bones and say they are only worthy of dogs to date or not real, but not for anyone to tell us to get on a treadmill or how we shouldn’t wear fatkinis? It’s not.
No matter how you slice it, it’s wrong on both sides. Skinny or big, we are who we are. Just as folks say we can lose weight, our smaller counterparts are told to go eat a burger. Rocha, who we reported before taking a stand to not go under her size 4 frame, is even larger than some industry standards.
Why haven’t these standards changed yet if so many people have problems with them?
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