Fashion Blogger Liz Black Shows How Ridiculous Sample Sizes Are in Photo Series

The sample size scourge has plagued the fashion industry since forever and it’s infamously part of the reason stars like Leslie Jones find it difficult to obtain outfits for red carpet events—designers are stubborn. Fashion blogger Liz Black called attention to this vast gap between sample size and real-world size in a recent photo shoot.


The photo collection for the site You Do You shows Black holding up various sample size designer clothing in front of her body. “I’ve worked in a lot of showrooms and have dealt with a lot of runway samples, and I have always marveled at the size difference between those teeny tiny samples and the size of my own body,” Black says in an interview with People.

“The message is to the fashion industry as a whole. I definitely feel that the industry has improved in terms of its inclusiveness, but this is one aspect that designers seem to be really not budging on—they still are using homogenous-sized models on the runway.”

Even though average women, models and celebrities continually address or complain about the proliferation of sample sizes, for the most part anyone who works in fashion has to reluctantly accept this standard—which largely operates under the assumption that smaller sizes are cheaper to manufacture and a necessary standardized measurement—rather than challenging it.

“I hope to see the fashion industry become more inclusive,” says Black. “It doesn’t mean that we have to lose that body type, and I’m not body shaming people who are naturally thin, but very often these models are being instructed to keep their bodies smaller than they would be naturally to fit into these sample sizes.”

She adds, “Representation is incredibly important, and it starts at this level, because mass marketers look to these high-end designers and what’s coming down the runway. With that trickle-down, it’s important for designers at that level to show inclusivity and representation.”


Photographs by Kristiina Wilson for You Do You

Culture Editor, Jezebel


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That’s nothing! These samples get passed around from photo shoot to photo shoot and by the end of the season (which is typically a good 5-6 months ahead of when the clothes actually hit the stores), the samples are freakin’ gross. As they are so intricately cut and bedazzled and beaded and have all manner or appliques attached on or whatever, even dry-cleaning them is a headache. Spot-cleaning would work but who has time for that?

Used to work for a celeb lifestyle glossy and in a pinch would have to assist the fashion editor with roping the rags, bags, shoes and jewelry in.

I’ve seen pants with crotch stains. (Not the poopy or bloody kind, but still.) Dusty hems and sweat-in pits on dresses (these sample sizes are screaming tight even on petite humans, and they sweat in them under the flashlights), stinko shoes with leftover blood stains on the insole, once even a bandaid stuck inside. The whole thing is a major HEALTH HAZARD and grotty to the max, if you ask me.

All due respect to Carla Devigny or whoever models these schmatta on the runway, I would be just a leeeetle wary of putting on a pair of pants she farted around in.

So bloggers who can’t fit into them, consider yourselves #blessed.