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Amanda M. Czerniawski

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770399

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770399.001.0001

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Models of All (Plus) Sizes?

Models of All (Plus) Sizes?

(p.51) 3 Models of All (Plus) Sizes?
Fashioning Fat

Amanda M. Czerniawski

NYU Press

This chapter presents a discussion of the nature of size in a fashion industry that is characterized by inconsistency and confusion. What is considered plus size in modeling does not exactly fall into the same categorical schema in general retail practice nor match the cultural image of a plus-size woman. Highlighting the cases of the models Velvet D’Amour, Whitney Thompson, and Crystal Renn, this chapter argues that there is more variation among plus-size models in terms of both body type and size when compared to the strict body standard of straight-size models. Also, depending on the type of job, clients will look for bigger or smaller plus-size models. For example, plus-size retailers hire slightly larger plus-size models than high-end fashion clients. Plus-size models face enormous pressure to engage in various body modifications to become either bigger or smaller, depending on what types of jobs they hope to get. Models occasionally lose job opportunities because they do not appear “plus” enough.

Keywords:   size, body modifications, Velvet D’Amour, Crystal Renn, Whitney Thompson

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