It’s Time to Drop the Term ‘Plus-Size’
Sports Illustrated is making a big deal that for the first time ever they are featuring a plus-size model in their annual swimsuit edition. No offense to Robyn Lawley, she's very beautiful, but plus-size? Not by my definition.
According to Time Magazine, Robyn Lawley is a size 12 and is the curviest model ever featured in the swimsuit edition. Wait what? Curves? Where? I don't see them.
Robyn agrees too. She said in an interview with Clique magazine, “People say, ‘How is she a plus-size model?’ and I’m like, ‘Exactly, this is the point, how am I a plus-size model?’”
The average American woman is a size 14, so how can 12 be plus? I don't pretend to know anything about women's sizes, but what I do know is what I can see and I see nothing that could even be defined as "plus" here.
Why are we even using the term "plus-size" in the first place. Isn't there a better way to define people with curves? To Sports Illustrated, "Plus" might as well mean that you don't fit into what people want to see on magazine covers.
That's not entirely true either. There are plenty of people who would rather see an actual woman with curves on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
I did a search on YouTube for "real plus-size" and found Loey Lane's channel. She is a size 14, the size of the average American woman. Watch her video. Her attitude about size acceptance is inspiring.
Why not try putting an average woman in your magazine Sports Illustrated, instead of touting that you've finally added a "plus-size" woman. The very model you used understands she is not the perception of plus-size in our society. Why can't you?
I get it. You probably wouldn't sell as many magazines. Maybe if people of all sizes were featured in glamorous photo shoots in magazines we could change the perception of what is beautiful.