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Italian Vogue in Plus-Size Model Shock Horror!!!

Twice today, I’ve been sent links to articles about Vogue Italia’s use of so-called “plus-size models” (what a hideous phrase!) on their cover and in a fashion spread, shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Edward Enninful.

That these images have attracted so much attention is, in itself, worthy of mention and debate. I’ve also seen this story discussed on a photographers’ forum, where comments were invited – and unanimously in approval. But what’s the big deal? Should the size of the models really be such a talking point?

In this case, each of the models –  Candice Huffine, Tara Lynn and Robyn Lawley – are “plus size” (ugh! there it is again). What if a mixture of models had been used? Some skinny, some not so skinny? What might the impact have been then?

What do you think of these shots?

See http://blog.fabmagazineonline.com/?p=10754 for more.

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2 responses

  1. I am so happy to see HEALthy, Natural looking bodies. These women are all GORGEOUS, and they deserve to be celebrated as such, I just think the term “plus size” is strange, because there is really nothing plus about them. What are they a size 8? But still. This represents a monumental change in fashion culture to me, and i hope it trickles across the globe and into other media facets. : )

    July 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    • So sorry its taken me so long to approve this comment – it was languishing in the Spam box and only just found it.

      But I absolutely agree, especially with your questioning of the term “plus size” (hence my use of speech marks when using the term in my post). Here at fotofilia, we work with a very wide range of models but few could be described as “size zero”, but all are very beautiful in a “real” way. I actually prefer not to perpetuate the unsavoury trend towards skinny models – we dont need our models to be skinny, just beautiful and with nice personalities and professional attitudes.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm

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