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Why Do So Many Plus Size Models Bash The Modeling Industry?

This website is barely a month old, but Strutter noticed a certain kind of story gaining popularity online. The following have been posted within the last 24 hours:

  • Candice Huffine Tells RunwayRiot That Fashion Needs to Go Farther and That She Wants to Design to Be a Part of the Change (RunwayRiot, obvs)

  • Model Robyn Lawley Reveals She Doesn't Get Cast for Local Catwalks As She Hits Back at Australian Fashion Industry (Daily Mail Australia)

  • Isabel Hendrix on Body Positivity and Dressing for Yourself (Dazed and Confused)

  • Precious Lee Makes An Eye-Opening Point About Plus-Size Models And Designers (HuffPost)

The plus-size-model-confronts-the-fashion-industry stories are starting to take on a Mad Libs effect: NAME OF MODEL Exposes the NAME OF FASHION LINE/MODELING HOUSE/BUSINESS Plus Size Double-Standard.

Is it really news that the fashion industry is unfair when it comes to the plus size market? Ask any woman size 16 and up, and they'll tell you 1) yes and 2) just how long they were aware of the problem. The plus size community is stronger now more than ever. With the average woman's clothing size a 14, customers are demanding retailers to carry more plus size options. Some retailers are responding to feedback by expanding their sizes or carrying a exclusive in-store plus-size boutique, while others are slow to the change.

But if you're a working model, how does complaining about the industry you're a part of help your career? Most of the models giving interviews to the press are representing a company (Lawley for Pantene; Huffine and Lee for the Christian Siriano X Lane Bryant collaboration). Are they biting the hand that feeds them?

Perhaps Beyoncé's advice doesn't apply here. Any outsider would assume the fact that a plus-size model getting work is a giant middle finger to industry insiders who refused to work with them because of their size. Time will tell just how many plus-size models who speak out against the modeling industry will become the next Ashley Graham or continue to struggle to get bookings, or callbacks.


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