Calvin needs a new dictionary.
Let’s be honest. We all know the modeling and fashion worlds’ expectations for body size are completely ludicrous. The industry encourages girls to stay slim and has influenced many to pick up unhealthy lifestyles to keep off the weight. The “skinny image” has grown to be such a problem in France that they recently passed a law requires models to present a doctor’s note attesting to their overall health and proving a BMI of 18 or over. If an agency is caught breaking this law, they can face a six-month prison sentence of 75,000 euro fine. Additionally, if an agency is caught photoshopping a woman for advertisements to make them look skinnier, the penalty for that is upwards of 37,000 euros. Way to go, France!
However, there is no such law in other fashion forward countries. Here in America, the industry skews our perception of what “skinny” really is by continually changing clothing sizes. What once was a size 0 at a Hollister or Forever 21 is now a size 6. Calvin Klein is feeding fuel to the fire by “re-branding” what it means to be a “plus sized model.”
She is our “fitness goals.”
This isn’t Calvin Klein’s first rodeo when it comes to outrage on what they consider “plus sized.” Back in 2013, they hired 29-year-old Myla Dalbesio to be the face of their plus size range. While she is extremely gorgeous, and has an amazing body, not many people would consider her “plus sized.”
We believe one of the big problems that arises in this sort of controversy is the differing definitions of what it means to be plus sized. In the fashion world, a plus-sized model size range begins at a size 8.
In the real world, however, many stores labeled specifically for “plus-sized” people don’t offer clothes smaller than a size 16. According to the CDC, the average size of a woman in America is size 14 and while we have to account for the skew of obesity, it’s still ridiculous that a “plus-sized” model is much skinnier than the average woman.