Rise of the Plus Size Model

Crystal RennIt seems that curvy women are finally beginning to be embraced by the fashion world. More and more designers are gradually coming around to the idea that it is not just stick-thin women that look good in their clothes. Fashion designer Mark Fast famously sent plus-size models down the catwalk at last year’s London Fashion Week, causing one of his designers to walk out. However, it appears that more people in the fashion industry are backing the idea of having regular sized women fronting their campaigns. Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani has been campaigning against pro-anorexia websites and to show how important it is used three plus size models on the cover of the July issue. The cover featured models Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley, women ranging from sizes 12 to 16. The editorial was a stunning black and white shoot, showcasing their womanly bodies in figure hugging lingerie.


Crystal Renn has been an influential figure in the plus-size circuit, bursting onto the scene after her recovery from anorexia. It wasn’t until Renn overcame her illness that she gained recognition, she is now one of the most successful plus-size models in the fashion industry. Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks has also had a profound effect on the fashion world through her voluptuous figure. Hendricks reflects an old school style of beauty and glamour and proves that fuller figured women can look great in high fashion. The actress has even been credited as a role model for fuller figured women and is seen as a positive influence on women everywhere.


Italian designers became the first in the world to ban size zero models from their catwalks in 2006. At this year’s London Fashion Week the organisers were being urged to follow this action, whether they will is something that cannot be predicted just yet. It may be true that the majority of designers are still not overjoyed at the prospect of having plus-size models strutting down their runways and it may take a while for things to completely change, but the wheels are definitely in motion. The appearance of larger women on the covers of high fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar is something that would have never even been considered twenty years ago, if this doesn’t say something then I don’t know what does.