I saw this on Madison Plus last Thursday and had to post about it because 1. I think she’s beautiful and 2. I’m starting to really dislike this term “plus-size” model.
Read more about her here, but Julie is an inspiration for every young woman out there. She graduated from college in 2000 with a degree in Marketing and was a very successful basketball player before signing with Ford Models. She loves showing off her curves and actually is upset when castings try to hide them.
But what really struck me was that she’s a plus-size. This term has been so skewed since it first came out. When I was younger, the term may have been used, but it was for women who didn’t not fit the average range of sizes of 0-16. I think that range has been extended, but in the fashion industry, an 6-8 is now a “plus-size” while the average woman is a size 14. A little off?
Likewise, when I went to the NEDA panel, I met Emme, one of the most famous “plus-size” models. More of that later, but let me tell you, the adjective “plus-size” would definitely not be the first adjective I’d use to describe her. Actually it wouldn’t be in my vocabulary at all.
These women are real. They have curves. They love their body. They have goals. Now I’m not saying that women who are petite, thin and more straight in the hips are not real because they are, but all of us can tell someone who looks sick and someone who’s naturally thin. You can see it in their eyes, their smile and the way they hold themselves. I can only hope that one day those eyes, smile and confidence can show up more on the runway and advertisements soon 🙂