Fashion Designers are still not quite on board with the “full figured” revolution says, Lemondrop.com. According to Liz Funk, a freelance special guest writer for Lemondrop.com, the sample dresses that were sent for Glamour’s recent photo shoot with Crystal Renn, did not “quite fit”.
“…if you look closely, Renn may simply be zipping or unzipping her dress, but judging by the lack of droopy fabric on either side of the zipper, the image seems to suggest that said dress is too small to fit her — that, in fact, she’s a size 12 straining to fit into a size four,” Funk states in her article.
However plausible the accusation may be, there is a bigger problem with this issue. Are Americans over-analyzing every detail in the Fashion Industry and Hollywood; and if so, when is enough simply that, enough?
Where the photo could have been a moment in which both Model Crystal Renn and photographer were getting ready or winding down from the shoot, it is sure to inspire a heated debate within the “plus sized” community.
Funk raised a valid point, however, by saying that:
The model really isn’t all [that] large. In fact, none of the “plus-size” models Glamour has been promoting recently seem any different from, well, normal women. Doesn’t it strike you as slightly insulting that the average American woman is being represented by “plus-size models,” while real-life plus-size women aren’t being represented at all?
From the Chicago Obesity Examiner’s point of view, it’s not odd that she’s considered plus size, it’s scary to think that “normal” shapes and sizes are considered fat or obese by any means. Since Glamour is all for a plus sized movement, why not simply do away with the word “Plus” and call it “True Size Movement” instead? The truth is somewhere in that grey area called the Fashion industry.
In order for real women to identify with the models on the magazine cover, the Fashion Industry would have to place the likes of other so-called “Plus Size” models, not just Renn alone. The magazines should add the likes of America Ferrara, Lizzi Miller, Jazmine sullivan, Toccara, Queen Latifah, andKim Kardashian, on their covers more frequently. They are selling a product geared toward every woman, real women, and yet their models are far from the norm in today’s society.
No matter what a woman’s shape is, one thing is evident, no one will truly be happy with what any magazine, including Glamour who, let’s face it, loves real women, until they look within themselves and say “Enough is enough!”
Instead of looking to a magazine to find “self worth,” every woman (and man), needs to look within themselves and realize that they are unique and beautiful. Until they learn to love themselves, the industry in which they go to for fashion advice and for all the latest news and trends will always have the last laugh, right to their banks!
For more info:
Liz Funk’s Article on Crystal Renn
The Fabulous Toccara – Toccara jone’s Webiste (coming soon)
Dying to Be Thin
Just a Little Too Thin: How to Pull Your Child Back from the Brink of an Eating Disorder
Praise Be to the Plus-Sized Sister