‘Plus-sized’ perpetuates big issues

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Something really grinds my gears. The fact that the modeling industry demands that there be a division between “regular” and “plus-sized” modeling.

Why is there even a difference?

Shouldn’t modeling be modeling, no size distinction needed?

In my perfect world, yes.

What’s even more annoying is the fact that the modeling world considers “plus-sized” to be what everyone else considers normal and healthy.

So, like a size six or 10.

Last time I checked, that’s not “plus-sized.” That’s just not-so-skinny that I can see their ribs.

I’m not hating on those lucky girls who were born with amazing genetics and metabolisms to where they are naturally skinny. But there’s a big difference from what’s a healthy skinny and what the modeling world asks for from their “normal” models.

How about the modeling industry stops focusing on unhealthy forms of beauty and features beautiful and healthy women instead.

That and the whole “plus-sized” modeling thing needs to go.

Everyone is unique in their own way, and the modeling industry should be illustrating that instead of demanding that all their models be the same.

Megan Mann can be reached at [email protected] or @meganisthemann on Twitter.