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The "Plus Size" Debate: The Facts

by Morgan Kairey October 26, 2015

The Curvy Fashionista has asked the world to "dead" the "Plus Size" label.  We are here to tell you what everybody is saying on the issue.  

Plus Size Debate

What The Curvy Fashionista is saying: "It seems like the hottest industry trend is to ditch, drop or to rename the term "Plus Size." "WHY?"  She thinks that when brands, models, and other sites tell the world to drop the term "Plus Size" they seem "silly, out of touch, dismissive...and ignorant." This Fashionista is "fine with shopping in the plus size departments and with designers who carry [her] sizes as long as [the store carries] it, merchandises it, and makes it a destination rather than treating [plus women] as a castaway and/or outcast." She states that these magazines, blogs, models, etc. are causing more harm and frustrations and they are pushing back against the confidence yielding and fashion forward loving. All in all, she is just tired of the conversation and the topic.

Drop the plus size

Liz Black, of the blog P.S. It's Fashion, had finally decided to embrace her "plus-size" descriptor but had noticed that there were others aggressively opposed to it.  People were claiming that the term "plus size" was a detrimental and unnecessary label.  Finally, #DropThePlus was introduced to the world.  An Australian model named Stefania Ferrario started this movement stating that "if you're above a U.S. size 4 you are considered plus-size."  Black states "It doesn't surprise me that Ferrario, a U.S. size 8, objects to being labeled something she is not. As “plus-size” is typically a characterization for women who wear a U.S. size 14 or larger — just like “petite” is a classification of someone 5'3” or shorter — Ferrario would not actually be considered “plus-size” by the general public or fashion retailers."  Liz brings to our attention that instead of worrying about language, Tess Holliday states that "Debating about a term that's never been used in hate is a waste of everyone's time. Let's talk about seeing better representation for models of all sizes, all colors and races, more representation for disabled and trans people.”

plus size melissa mccarthy

Melissa McCarthy is also not a fan of the term "Plus Size."  According to TodayStyle, she told Refinery29 that "Women come in all sizes.  70% of women in the United States are a size 14 or above, and that's technically 'plus size,' so you're taking your biggest category of people and telling them, 'You're not really worthy.' I find that very strange."  She goes on to say that malls "segregate plus-size women.  It's an odd thing that you can't go shopping with your friends because your store is upstairs hidden by the tire section, We'll put you gals over there because we don't want to see you and you probably don't want to be seen."  Although we see where Melissa is going with her analogy, it does seem a bit over-the-top extreme.


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Morgan Kairey
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