Monday, January 11, 2010

Why Would You Want To Be A Zero When Looking Like This Is Clearly A Plus?

V magazine recently caused a bit of a stir in the fashion world by putting someone other than a skeleton in their magazine, deeming the January issue their "size issue" and featuring plus-sized models. “Big, little, pint-size, plus-size — every body is beautiful. And this issue is out to prove it,” V editor Stephen Gan said.

Photographer Sølve Sundsbø took the
pictures featured in the magazine. I can't decide on which one I like the best, but if I were to choose a dream body, it would probably be the second brunette in the group picture; the girl in the black bra and jeans.

The Today Show did a piece on it. I didn't realize being plus-sized was so newsworthy. It's as if they're shocked to see someone who isn't a stick figure in a magazine. And forget about when they put a fat chick on the cover of a magazine, which V also did when they decided to release the issue with two different covers, one with Gabourey Sidibe and one with Dakota Fanning. I'm surprised that didn't make it onto CNN.

My other favorite piece from V is this. It shows size zero model Jacquelyn Jablonski on the left and size twelve model Crystal Renn on the right. Both are wearing the same exact outfit. I've never been a fan of skinny, so my choice for who looks better is definitely Crystal Renn, who as a model doesn't seem to have ever taken a bad
photo. Some girls live to be a size four, but if I were ever to make it waaaay down to a size twelve, I'd feel just like a super-model myself.
The photographer obviously enjoyed this assignment. He said, “I loved the opportunity to show that you can be beautiful and sexy outside the narrow interpretations that normally define us.”

Narrow interpretation is right. Since we're everywhere, it would be nice to not be limited to a special edition of a magazine known for pushing the envelope. Right now it's apparent that size still matters, but maybe someday it won't be such an issue.

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Gil said...

Wouldn't one of those skinny (zero size) rattle in bed? The skinny models reminds me of the "poor starving children in India" that my Mother always mentioned when we didn't like what she cooked. If I remember correctly a girl from Long Island told me she was going to be a model as she was "a perfect size 10"! This was in 1962 or 1963, how we have become so obsessed with anorexia! I second your choice.

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

I agree, I Agree, I AGREE!!!

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

(Oh, and I tweeted this on Twitter b/c everyone should know about it!)

The Daily Rant said...

Gil: How funny. My mother always used the "starving children in India" thing too when we didn't want to eat what she cooked. And yeah, the sizes have changed so drastically. A size 10 is perfect...but not anymore.

Heather: Thanks for tweeting this!

Asparaguss59: I know about that site. Those girls are just phenomenally beautiful! I'd much rather aspire to that body size than the thinner ones.