Glamour magazine commissioned famed fashion photographer Matthias Vriens-McGrath to shoot plus-size models Lizzie Miller, Crystal Renn, Kate Dillon, among others, in a style similar to the famous Herb Ritts of nude Supermodels from the 1980s. Their story gives a behind-the-scenes look at how modeling, particularly plus-size, really works in fashion magazines.
- A standard designer sample is a size 0 to 4, which means magazines can only feature the clothes on models that size.
- The definition of “plus-size” in the modeling industry isn’t necessarily the same as plus-size clothing.
- Any model over a size 6 is generally considered plus because she won’t fit into most designer samples, but plus-size clothing starts at size 14 or 16.
- Most designer collections run up to a size 10 or 12, even though the most popular dress size for American woman is a size 14.
There’s a shortage of models that are size 16+. Jennie Runk, a size 12, admits she’s often much smaller than the plus-size samples she models, so “I’ll sometimes wear padding. I travel with my own set. It’s a series of foam ovals and circles you can put on your butt, hips, waist or boobs so you can fit the clothes.” Jennie adds, “the true sign of a great designer is someone who can fit the curves.”
The photo says it all. These women are every bit as beautiful as the super skinny ones.
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