Should The Term “Plus Size” In The Modeling Industry Be Banned?
Recently, American plus size model, Tara Lynn, graced the cover of Elle Spain’s November issue. You can see that she did an amazing job from the cover shoot. However, every time the term “plus size” is used, I see more and more people become upset. Do you think the term should be banned or is it necessary for differentiation purposes?
With many of the comments across the web, the term “plus size” is starting to be considered offensive and rude. However, within the fashion industry, the term itself is used often and without much thought.
By definition, a plus size model refers to a person that models plus size clothing, which can start at size 12, depending on the source. To make it clear, “Plus-size models also engaged in work that is not strictly related to selling large-sized clothing, e.g., stock photography and advertising photography for cosmetics, household and pharmaceutical products and sunglasses, footwear and watches. Therefore plus-size models do not exclusively wear garments marketed as plus-size clothing. This is especially true when participating in fashion editorials for mainstream fashion magazines.” - Source
It still doesn’t take away from the fact that many people still do consider the term offensive because these models do represent a majority of people in size. Should the term be abolished all together? Do you believe that there should be any distinction in a model’s size by labeling them?
[Via Huffington Post]