Tuesday, January 5, 2010

really?

I may sound like a total jerk here, but what the hell is with V Magazines "Plus-Size" issue!?!

I have nothing against plus-size women in magazines. Actually, I think it's a great idea for more normal women to grace the pages of fashion magazines. Perhaps we wouldn't be so afraid to eat apple pie, if women that actually ate were on the cover.

All that being said........why does V Magazine intentionally dress these women in clothes that are too tight, and position the women in ways that are unflattering? Let me break this down. Take a look at these photos:
  1. The models jeans are too tight (on the right). Nothing complicated, nothing to do with being overweight, her jeans are just too tight.

  2. A cut out bathing suit? Really? Very, very few women can wear these and look good. Hell, Heidi Klum wouldn't look good in this. So why? Why?

  3. Her suit is too tight (on the left). Obviously, they didn't learn from the last photo.

  4. Why is this photo cropped this way? I have never seen a girl cropped with only an inch of her thigh showing. Normal it's full body, 2/3rd body, of belly-buttom up. Oh my.

V Magazine wasn't interested in doing an issue that embraces the "Plus-Size" model. It was a gimmick, so that they could claim to have larger women in their magazine. Perhaps V Magazine needs to take a walk by Lane Bryant, and learn the basics of shooting plus size models.

12 comments:

J. said...

AMEN!!!!

diane said...

Well said. I never would have noticed on my own.
Speaking of Lane Bryant, I used to love shopping there, before I lost some weight. After the weight loss, I would still go in, because I was willing to take some things in a little to make them fit. I would get the nastiest looks from other women, for being too thin to be in there. I didn't care. I loved the clothes in there, and no one else had them.

google_account said...

I've always been a fan of fuller-figured models. There's a great site with many images of plus-size models here:

http://www.judgmentofparis.com/

They're all gorgeous.

The site's forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.

Robin said...

Amen sister! I'm 5'9", very curvy and I know how to dress myself to flatter my figure. I have friends who are shocked when they find out what size I really am because of the way I style and carry myself. I'm no pro, but I could have done a much better job styling these models. But maybe that was the magazine's point... they were afraid if they dressed these women in a way that was truly flattering, no one would have realized that they had "big girls" in their editorial.

Maria Ana said...

I absolutely agree with you!
I like every woman that looks healthy and proportionate whether a size 32 or 42 (sorry I don't know the correspondence). But unflattering clothes, please don't...

Laurel said...

I do agree these models are not wearing clothes that fit their body type at all. I really don't know why magazines go from very skinny models to focusing on models that are obviously heavier. It is as if they are saying you can be one way or the other... there is nothing in between that is such an unhealthy approach. Just as the super skinny girls are not healthy, neither are the really heavy girls. Oh this is a hot topic for me.

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I really have a problem when it comes to sizes. I mean when it comes to my size nothing fits! Literary.

make money said...

Aw! Not all women look like the models on the magazines. I just don’t get it why they still posted those skinny girls. The magazines should really snap back and face reality.

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

I agree!!! They really didn't make most of them look their best. However, I felt that Crystal Renn looked much better than her skinny counterpart!

Kim Mallory said...

There is an art to photographing plus sized woman and these people have missed the mark...

Post Grad Hair Cut said...

I agree. The intention here was positive I believe...but the execution (not so much).

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