Fashion is diverse or so it seems. With so many different designers and creations being catapulted into the fashion industry, you would assume there would be a wide variety of models too. If you look at the catwalks, the fashion editorials, and the fashion magazines, you typically only see one type of model. Sure this model comes in different shades of colors, but nonetheless it is the same model in essence. She's the tall-rail thin-elegant-long-legged beauty, that so many girls aspire to be. While I am aware, that fashion is more about the creations than the models, I can't help but feel that models are now receiving more attention than the clothes themselves. Models were once only the canvas, now they are apart of a designers creation.
Throughout history we have seen plus-size models being featured on catwalks for shock factors and gimmicks. Shouldn't the fashion industry be past these antics? Yes they should, but the sad reality is, they aren't. Many of us are aware of how the fashion industry feels about not only plus-size models, but plus-size women in general :
Karl Lagerfeld - "No one wants to see curvy women. You've got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly."
Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist - "It's not such a good thing to show plus-size because it's not really physically healthy and not always flattering to fashion."
Muccia Prada refuses to sell garments past a size 10 because it would make her "clothing look hideous." ( How ironic, because Prada's A/W 2010 line was inspired by the "curvier" silhouette )
It's time for diversity ...
We're in 2010, and it's getting old seeing the same model. I want to see a wide variety, I want to see different shapes and sizes, heights, ages, colors, and abilities.
Cycle 13 of ANTM - The Short Edition
Heels & Wheels
All Shapes and Sizes
Sisters - Laura (size 14) & Courtney (size 10) Wells
" Cosmopolitan Australia had a family reunion of sorts in its August issue, bringing together two sisters kept separate in fashion mags due to their different sizes. Both Courtney and Laura Wells are models, but Laura is plus-size and usually relegated to special spreads. In this editorial, both girls show off the season’s trends on their slim and curvy bodies. " - Huffington Post
Many believe Fashion is Art...
Art has no limits,
So why does Fashion?