Plus-Size Blogger Sets Model Straight On Claim It’s Hard To Make Clothes Look Good On Big Women

November 14, 2013  |  

Elle Magazine


From StyleBlazer 

As a plus-size blogger, I’ve been known over the years to be very vocal about the lack of plus-size representation in the fashion industry. From voicing my disappointment with thelack of diversity on online fashion communities, to challenging the standards of body image and blogging, I always speak my mind. As one of those girls who grew up flipping through the pages of Teen Vogue and Lucky hoping and wishing that one day I would see someone who looks like me gracing the pages, I’ve been a constant advocate of initiating open dialogue about plus-size options in the fashion industry.

So it took me by surprise when I read earlier this week about model Tara Lynn’s statements regarding plus-size models and fashion. The size 14/16 fashion modelrecently told Elle Magazine, “It is hard to make clothes look great on big women. The more fat there is on a body, the more variation there is in the shape of that body.” Though I agree with the latter part of her statement regarding body fat causing for variations in body shape, I wholeheartedly disagree with the former. It is absolutely not hard to make clothes look good on big women.

First of all, you don’t have to make big women look good. And you certainly shouldn’t have to make clothes look good. A great piece of clothing is a great piece of clothing, regardless of its size. I shuddered when I read Tara Lynn’s statement. It essentially implies that big women, by default, don’t look good. Aside from the astounding statistics that prove the majority of women in this country alone are an astonishing average size 14 as opposed to the fashion’s ideal standard size 2, there is a grave misconception that curvy and plus-size women inherently have to try 10 times harder to look presentable.

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  • kiki j

    Maybe she didn’t word it right for a public statement but it’s true. I’m a 14 and also a triple d cup. I can’t just where anything because it says 14. No i have to make sure my breast aren’t hanging, my stomach isn’t poking out and absolutely no muffin top. That’s just the reality for us plus sizers. But once we take the necessary steps we look fabulous. By the way skinny women can’t just where anything either. It’s a woman thing not a fat/skinny thing. What it boils down to is stop allowing people decide what beauty is. Stop depending on models, men, and celebs then statements like above won’t offend you.

  • yea right

    why do people always use the argument that the average American woman is a size 14? That’s because they average American woman is OVERWEIGHT. That doesn’t make it a beauty standard because it’s normal to be fat here. We shouldn’t be proud of that. If you aren’t 5’9 and up, you shouldn’t be wearing a size 14. And considering the average woman is about 5’4-5’6, a size 14 is FAT. There is nothing attractive about extra body weight flailing around. Curves not lumps people

    • Is It 5:00 Yet?

      Body size comes into play as well.

  • Candacey Doris

    It’s not hard to make good looking plus size clothes. THe problem is mainstream designers simply add more fabric to clothes designed for thinner women and expect that to suffice. Obviously it will look bad if that’s what you do. Knowing that the extra weight give a different shape they should actually take the time to design clothing for larger women.

  • folamix

    Its not necessarily harder. Its just that different rules apply so far as design and fit. And certain looks just do not carry over to the larger size models. Everything is not made for everybody. But with a slight alteration, a larger woman can look just as good. I know myself I look better in my size 16’s than a lot of women do in their 2’s or 4’s. I know what I can wear and what I cannot. But then again it is all in the beholder.

  • DeepThinker

    It is harder. Not everyone carries weight in the same place. Sometimes just making a piece of clothing large enough to fit means it will fit properly on the person’s body. So glad I shed he pounds.

  • BabyBlue

    The author has her plus size pan.ties in a bunch. I agree with what the model says. Fashion designers need to take their time when making clothes for plus size women. I’ve noticed with plus size fashion the shirts are always 3/4 length long, no shape, doesn’t hug the smallest part of the waist. For a designer who doesn’t know what it takes to be plus sized probably doesn’t have a clue. I wish people would stop being so sensitive