Women are fed up with what qualifies as 'plus size' in the fashion industry. Although the average size of a woman in the US is a 14, plus size models that are being displayed usually wear between a size 6 and a size 12. The gap of what is real versus what is represented is getting larger and some activists are wanting to put an end to it. From all over the world, they are calling on modeling and retail industries to #droptheplus and get rid of the term 'plus size' in hopes that all models will just be considered models and all clothing sizes will simply be a number.
One big problem with the term plus size being used to describe a model is that it gives a skewed perception of what is 'normal.' For example, a plus-size model will be a lot thinner than a plus-size consumer. One model saw this first hand when she was asked to be the first plus-size model to be on Sports Illustrated was Robyn Lawley. At 6'2", she wears a size 12. She doesn't seem like the typical plus size model, so she was hesitant to take the job and even said to _Time, _"I don't know if I consider myself as a plus-size model or not. I just consider myself a model because I'm trying to help women, in general, accept their bodies." She ended up doing the photo shoot, shown below.
Plus size clothing within a retail store is a size 12 and up, and since the average size of a woman is a 14, it seems odd that companies would find the need to distinguish the two. Even from a company stand-point, why would you want your customer to feel limited to a group that's considered 'plus size' or 'other' when they should just be considered women who want to buy clothes?
Another model in on the movement is Ajay Rochester, who wanted to talk about the issue to all women by saying, "We are all women. Many shapes and sizes. It's not us vs them. We are sisters! #droptheplus."
Maybe retailers and the modeling industry will catch on and agree to #droptheplus, but this is definitely a slow process to get this change going. What do you think? Should everyone agree to drop the plus or is this a worthless cause? Do you think it'll benefit models and consumers in the long run or just waste time? Let us know what you think it the comments below!
The Suggest team works tirelessly to provide the most interesting stories, behind-the-scenes details, and fun facts from the Entertainment world in a fun and easy-to-read format. Our articles are guaranteed to entertain you and your friends, no matter your interests.