The Thicker, The Better? Does The Black Community Have More Love For Plus-Size Models?

June 21, 2013  |  


Source: Huff Post Live


From BlackVoices 

Full Figure Fashion Week is in, well, full swing! The annual New York City-based event, which is produced by former plus size model Gwendolyn DeVoe and sponsored by Sonsi, a premier purveyor of plus size apparel, is a celebration of fashion-forward designs for women size 12 and up.

Now in it’s fifth year, FFW is starting to gain some speed and recognition–as it should, since two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. And beyond health concerns (which there are many), the data proves that there are a whole lot more curves to cover.

“Right now there is a lot of buzz around Full Figure Fashion Week! But with anything there is room to grow and room for more awareness.” Kristin Mongello, E-commerce Director of told The Huffington Post.

Stars like Octavia Spencer, Queen Latifah and Amber Riley stepping out in style on the red carpet and owning their voluptuous figures will definitely push forward the cause. However, we can’t help but notice that there’s a distinct difference between the way those ladies are revered for their larger frames, while their white comrades (see:Adele and Melissa McCarthy) are not. Furthermore, there have been plenty of studiesand musings to suggest that plus size women of color are more comfortable, accepted and celebrated in their ethnic/cultural communities.

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  • Darlene Lyons

    To each his own. I am 5’8″ and wear an 18. I have no health problems and love my curves. So does my man. Everyone big isn’t sick

  • Black wifey

    Yes, the black commuity does tolerate plus size women. It is a known fact that the more weight you carry the higher the chance of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabeties.

    With that being said, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, boderline diabeties and elevated cholesterol. At the time of my diagnoses I was a size 18. I am 5’11” with a small waist and flat tummy. Since January I started working out 4 days a week and watching what I eat. I have lost a total of 15 pounds and 10 inches. I am a size 14 now and I have muscle definition and more confidence. I no longer take blood pressure medication and my cholesterol and diabetic blood suger is lower. I plan on dropping down to a size 8.

    My point is with excercise, well balanced diet your chances of developing thes etypes of condotion is very low. We need to achknowledge this black community so we can all be healthy.

  • NJ2

    Blacks are over weight but AMERICA has an obesity problem, not just Blacks. Personally I think we gravitate to plus size because they show women with proportions. I am not overweight by any means but I do have curves and sometimes the cut of clothes affects what I can wear. At BR the sales girl literally screamed across the store when she saw me buying a button down oxford shirt. She stated that they just don’t make the cut for “my assets” in that shirt. I had to go a size up to make sure it doesn’t pop open.

  • Nikki

    Yes, the black community has more tolerance for plus-sized women. This is mainly because many of us are overweight or obese.

    The human body wasn’t meant to carry the extra weight around, nor is it healthy to do so. Hence why some many of our people have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Unfortunately, these patterns continue and these diseases/conditions become genetic.

  • get real

    Of course. And I wonder why?