Sometimes ideas in edgy fashion magazines end up going mainstream and show up in glossy corporate-owned ladymags. But in a reversal, V Magazine's January issue will feature plus-size models, months after Glamour's plus-size issue. V editor-in-chief Stephen Gan says:
"Big, little, pint-size, plus-size — every body is beautiful. And this issue is out to prove it."
But for V's January issue, expect to see Crystal Renn (that's her, at the top of the post, in a shot from the May 2009 issue of Glamour) and other plus-size models, shot by Terry Richardson, Bruce Weber and Karl Lagerfeld.
- Lagerfeld, you may recall, once said: "No one wants to see curvy women. You've got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly."
- Since V usually uses "regular" models — especially for its "beauty issue," how does a one-off plus-size issue "prove" that "every body is beautiful"?
- Much like when Italian Vogue did an "all-black issue," the flipside of highlighting one kind of model in a "special" issue is that they're actually being segregated, placed in a ghetto, away from the other "real" models.
- This is mentioned often on this site, but worth repeating: A plus-size model is not the same as a plus-sized woman. A "plus-size model" is a model who is at least 5'9" but has measurements above the requirements for "straight size" models, which are, roughly, 34-24-34. Basically, a plus size model could be a US size 8, 10 or 12, despite the fact that those sizes are not considered "plus" by clothing manufacturers, So they don't exactly represent plus-sized women.
Of course, the other side of the coin is that any time there's diversity in the types of women elevated and glorified by magazines, it's a good thing. Because using makeup, fashion and photography, magazines represent a fantasy — but all types of women deserve to see themselves reflected in that dream.
Heavy Changes [Page Six]
Earlier: Glamour Tries Not To Make A Big Deal Of Its Plus-Size Model
Glamour Shocks Readers By Featuring Plus-Size Model's Belly
Glamour's Plus-Size Model: "I'm Not Saying Size 2 Isn't Normal, But My Normal Is This"
Coming This Fall: More Naked Fat Ladies In Glamour!
Naked Fat Girls On Ellen! Sort Of!
Glamour's "Big" Issue: Plus-Size Models, Plus-Size Problems
Spot The Plus-Size Model In Glamour
Italian Vogue's "All Black" Issue: A Guided Tour
[Main image by Patrick Demarchelier for Glamour.]