The image above is of plus-sized model Katya Zharkova. I have no idea who that is, and I’m sure she’s wearing a lot of Fotoshop by Adobé. However, I’m sure we can all agree — except for the disgusting doucheball asshole pigs — that Katya is one hell of an attractive woman, and that her “plus-size” looks like a fairly average body type (actually, given the country’s propensity for over-eating, she probably falls well under the median weight).
Now, here’s the same woman standing with a fashion model.
Striking, isn’t it?
Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23% less. Ten years ago plus-size models averaged between size 12 and 18. Today the need for size diversity within the plus-size modeling industry continues to be questioned. The majority of plus-size models on agency boards are between a size 6 and 14, while the customers continue to express their dissatisfaction. Most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia. 50% of women wear a size 14 or larger, but most standard clothing outlets cater to sizes 14 or smaller.
Me? I prefer the “plus sized” woman; she’s bendy, see?
(Fun Fact: The fashion model also posed in this position; unfortunately, her body was unable to sustain the weight redistribution and her spine snapped in half. RIP Fashion Model).