Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Beauty is in the Eye of the Editor
This is twenty year old "plus-sized" (12-14) model Lizzie Miller, who is featured on page 194 of Glamour magazine's September 2009 issue. A small photo, 3x3, but it's causing a big stir in the industry.
Because this is what editors usually serve us up as the ideal female form.
Devoid of fat. Devoid of muscle. Delicate of bone and transparent of rib, yet also somehow, inexplicably, bursting with bolted-on boobs.
I worked part time as a model my last two years of high school. I stood 5'7" in my stocking feet and weighed 120 pounds. I was told by my agent that in order to continue to have a career, I needed to lose TWENTY more pounds. "Fuck that," I said through a mouthful of Cheetos, and left the building.
Designers claim that when they first start showing a collection, and because they of course do not yet have any orders, they deliberately make their "samples" in the smallest sizes possible in order to save time and materials. Fine. Then show the clothing on REAL hangers and leave the rest of us in peace to purchase whatever size we happen to be naturally.