Someone recently posted a pic of a gorgeous full bodied woman on the catwalk at the New York Fashion Week, asking if plus-size women should be allowed on the catwalk. HAH. Couldn’t pass that moronic question up now, could I?
(Allowed… allowed. Hmmm, should any women anywhere be allowed to do anything at any time? That is a question for another day. I digress).
Why are we still being bombarded with this redundant phrase, plus-size? Plus-size would be an accurate term if the currently popular body size range for models was representative of the majority of women. But, it is not. Approximately 4% of women worldwide have a natural BMI of 18-20. That makes them the minority. Thus implying that these women are average, making everyone larger plus-sized is poor logic. Roughly 72% of women naturally have a BMI of between 22 – 27, the category in which the model in question currently sits. She is an average-sized woman. Not plus sized; average sized.
The term plus size implies that anyone whose body is within a size range larger than what is presented as average, has a body that deviates from the norm. Wrong. That larger body size IS the norm; and the term plus-size is wildly inaccurate.
In just over 100 years of standardised clothing sizes for women, which really came into their own in the 2oth century standard sizes and measurements have changed many times. And all too often, women have been left feeling that their bodies are in some way flawed because clothing doesn’t fit their particular body size or shape. It is often said that thin models are preferred by clothing designers because small bodies make their clothing look good. (Cue a world obsessed with dieting and exercise so as to remain, or get to, some arbitrary and elusive size, often as determined by clothing manufacturers as being normal or average.)
All hail those clothing designers and manufacturers who have registered that there is a generation of women wanting good looking clothing that fits their particular shape, weight or style choices, instead of feeling pressured to change their bodies in any way, or be presented with clothing choices limited to the shapeless and poorly cut variety that was once dominated those dark dusty corners where the shame of plus-size stock was kept.