There was an actual time when women of different body images served as models to showcase clothing, a way for women to see how similar bodies to theirs would look in a certain piece of clothing---forwarding a 100 and some years later, what hell happened? We have one model image multiplied up to 60 or more in a show. Can we check back in with ourselves for a second and recognize the fact that women are diverse and uniquely made? Period. Women from a certain size and up are not a different woman species, the irony here is that neither are tall skinny models so why are we treating both as if they are? I dislike the pain that this classification has brought upon us women and not to mention the ugly clothing options. There's something inhumane and awfully disturbing about forcing women to fit into one mold. Our bodies are not commercial objects. Creating a separate category doesn't help anyone nor is progressive, it's like a band-aid to a crocodile bite. Can you start seeing all the bleeding issues here?
Some may argue it's about marketing, I disagree! For years, mid 70's up until recently in the movement of women bloggers like Gaby Fresh, inclusive fashion brands like Chromat with model, Denise Bidot and others who have pushed fashion with these boundaries of body image, I and my size from 8-18 have been struggling with the lack of fashion attention in options and ads. So, yes, I don't buy this excuse. There's a 'skinny cult' within fashion, that drives everything from designers to ads, this is a well know fact. So much so France had to pass a 'Skinny Law' where models had to get a doctor's note attesting to the model's health. There's also this whole debate on usage of the word 'Plus Size' I personally think it should be eliminated and have the same piece of clothing from size 0 to infinity if possible. It just adds to the separation of skinny and what some fashion industry people think of as 'fat'---all subjective. To add to the confusion, brands across the board make clothing different in the same size--this is an effect from commercialization perhaps.
I'm all for inclusivity of women, fashion is driven by women visually and it should conform to all women not only the mentalities behind those who manage it. Fashion is also reflective of exercising the rights and choices of women--so, why are we neglecting the choices of some women and not the others? Why are we enforcing upon some and even worse guilt tripping them into one range of images? It makes me question, who's running fashion for women? If it's us women, why do I feel confined? Yes, 40 years ago, women were only deemed to do fashion jobs and fashion was something of not so much importance nor much intelligence some think was needed. How erroneous way of thinking. So, have we, women, been sleeping on this subject for the last 40 years while occupying ourselves in excelling in 'important' fields that we left the thinking to others. There is a lot of power of expression in fashion, I would like my power back now, thank you.
It further makes me think of the time when women had their clothing tailored to their specific measurements. Can we bring that back, please? What was common is now a luxury. If fashion is going to change at a faster rate, either we have to push it because looking back, it has been so slow for the last 40 years or it will have to change its politics and set aside its personal biases, but something has to give. This type of alienation has been feeding into other women issues that have been damaging to the mental health of both men and women(no science data needed, just listen to the conversation and testaments of women)--discrimination, belittling a human and creating dis-likeness between women and men. I think it's time to just stop with this labeling and put the humanity back into fashion. Women that some consider 'Plus Size' are not a different species. Women are diverse. Period. End of conversation.