Only in the warped world of fashion could a full figured woman have been considered too large.  Many women are happy to be models for a more realistic portrayal of women in the fashion media, celebrating their curves. 

Train your eye to choose clothing that flatters your individual shape, not an idealized form.  Get to know your body and its unique measurements.  When you learn to balance your proportions and accentuate your assets, you will achieve effortless style and will have the ability to look as good as any fashion magazine model.

The picture in question, of any curvy, full figured, thick, or plus sized woman illustrating a story about body confidence, has generated a lot of the plus sized women to start their blogs online, attracting thousands on each blog of other full figured women to embrace themselves.  Pretty much every picture in a magazine or ad is airbrushed, especially those of the petite size.  A lot of smoke and mirrors are involved in making women look plus 0 to 6. 

 Some magazines announced they will no longer feature celebrities or models on its cover after a survey of readers suggested they preferred ‘real women’.   The designers are going to have to take notice.  After all, curvy women have money, too, and would want to wear fashionable clothes.  Full Figure Fashion Week in New York City has been in full swing for five years now.  Produced by former plus size model Gwendolyn DeVoe  is a celebration of fashion-forward designs for women size 12 and up.  FFW is starting to gain some speed and recognition–as it should, since two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.  And beyond health concerns (which there are many), the data proves that there are a whole lot more curves to cover.

Lizzie Miller’s picture which appeared in Glamour magazine showed her stretch marks and a roll of soft tummy flesh. This generated a global media frenzy and turned her into a supermodel, the British size 14 to 16.  Ironically, it was the public reaction that helped Lizzie finally accepts her own body in all its curvy glory.  It's crazy that fashion recognises only one body type.  In the industry anything over size six is considered a plus-size. 

Stars like Queen Latifah and Monique stepping out in style on the red carpet and owning their voluptuous figures will definitely push forward the cause.  

Most models represented as plus size are between a US sizes 6-12; indicating models' sizes do not reflect the average consumer size.  Anywhere over size 12, and it's unlikely you'll have a shot in the plus size industry. 

Designers typically work in woman's size 8 when designing for the middle market, and in size 4 for the designer market.  By grading – manipulating key measurements of the standard working size, including neckline to waist, shoulder to waist, cross-chest, front/back bust-line, waist, bicep, etc.  Plus sizes require fundamental proportional adjustments to suit their wearers, and thus are not graded up or down from a size 4 or 8 but are patterned and even designed separately. 

 Seeing someone not airbrushed, with an average looking body, compared to all those stick-thin pictures of perfection is what the world is hungry to see in the fashion world, as well as clothes that fit their curvy bodies.  Beauty should be celebrated in all its shapes, colour and race.  For now and many years to come we continue to celebrate curves on display.

September 2013
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