Size within the modeling industry is a debate that never gets old. From conversations about what’s considered plus, to completely eliminating the term, it’s an ongoing topic of conversation that evokes several emotions and opinions. I find that it often has a lot to do with how the women identify themselves in society and in my opinion, it has nothing to do with the fashion industry. I think masking it as a “fashion conversation” gives it a bigger platform, but the term honestly doesn’t bother me because I am most certainly a plus size woman and I’m not ashamed of the term.
Recently, Australian model Stefania Ferrario and actress and author Ajay Rochester made headlines with their #DropThePlus campaign.
While some plus size models agree, we reached out to four of our past cover models and they feel the complete opposite. These women have different backgrounds. Some have done print modeling, while others have modeled for major retailers, but that’s where the differences end. Keep reading to see what these models had to say about the #DropThePlus debate.
I don’t mind the label (Plus Size, Curvy, normal model or plus model). Let’s take a step back and celebrate how far we all have come. We need to celebrate being women tall, short, curvy or small. To be beautiful, means to be yourself. Knowing how to love yourself is key. We need to have #sisterhood #loveyourcurves #loveyourbody. – View Jewels’ November 2014 Cover Feature
Although a model is a model, I’m proud to be called a plus model. I don’t think there’s anything derogatory about it. I find it amusing that it’s ok to be called plus when you’re getting paid gigs by plus size brands and campaigns, but when doing major network tv or interviews, you’re just a “model”. I think there’s a bad stigma that it’s attached to the words “Plus Size”. I think that’s because there are no real standards set it’s place for the plus size models. Anyone and everyone can say they are a plus model. But that doesn’t happen in the straight size model world. Not just any person can say they are a model, because there are standards in place. Until it’s set in place on what the standard is to be a plus model, there’s going to a bad stereotype link to it. – View Kori’s December 2012 Cover Feature
The words plus size are Negative only if we give them the power to be. We need to own the words instead of letting them offend and hurt us. – View Cara’s August 2014 Cover Feature
I don’t see “plus” as being “negative” or “a hurtful classification”. That’s a bit of a slap in the face to plus women. Maybe the models who are are size 6-8 who don’t shop plus stores feel it is a negative. I shop at plus stores & model for plus brands mainly. Byt he way Webster Dictionary defines the word PLUS as: algebraically positive, greater than specified, possessing a specified quality to a high degree, having a value that is above zero. I am proudly PLUS. – View Liris’ January/February 2015 Cover Feature
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