Vogue Italia certainly made a statement by giving the June Cover to my favorite plus size models (from the left) Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine, and newcomer Robin Lawley. The cover shoot goes along with the 19 page spread, which was photographed by Steven Meisel. The editorial showcases plus size model Marquita Pringe. Here are more photos and a behind the scenes look at the photo shoot:
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From the editorial, plus size models have been put back to the fore front. The cover is a fantastic gain for plus size models everywhere. Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief for Vogue Italia remains practical about the plus size model movement. When asked whether or not plus size models would be able to get the same jobs as straight size models Sozzani stated, "No, I don't think so, because for the moment -- and we never know, you know? -- but for the moment I don't think we'll see the same proportion [of plus-size models as straight-size models]. Just like we don't see the same proportion of white and black girls. They use curvy models sometimes, like a provocation, but it's just to show something different, which I don't like honestly". I think at this point you monsters know how I feel about plus size models being integrated into the world of high fashion. There is no sense in beating a dead horse over this.
A new discussion is emerging from the plus size debate, which is whether or not the word "PLUS SIZE" should be abolished. Models Crystal Renn and Marquita Pringe have both went on the record saying they don't want to be referred to as plus size. Queen Latifah who is launching a fashion line for all sizes through the Home Shopping Network has weighed in stating, "It is a word we need to bury at this point". I don't quite understand what the problem is. I have never had a problem with the word plus size. I don't think of plus size as curse or having any negative connotation. Plus size is just a label or category like african-american, or middle aged. Maybe I'm missing something; you tell me monsters.
Should the word "Plus Size" be done away with or not?