Minette Marrin of the Times Of London took a page from our book and counted the number of black fashion models in glossy magazines. She found (surprise!) that "there were hardly any ethnic models, and few of those were black." While Jourdan Dunn is emerging as a new black supermodel in the UK, she is just one face in a billion-dollar industry. Sarah Doukas, head of the Storm modelling agency, to which Jourdan is signed, (and who famously discovered Kate Moss) says: "It's ridiculous that we have so little diversity in our idea of beauty. Globally, I think a huge change is about to happen. I'm optimistic. I think people will come to feel again that diversity is much more interesting than the rather bland, generic look we've seen so much of for so long." Let's hope so. [Times Of London]
I'm with you there. Let the catwalks show all the same size models, since those are for department store buyers and wives of sultans to watch, and let Vogue keep all the same ones too cause it is not like anyone reads that to look at clothes anyway (many times the shot is so "artistic" you can't even see the clothes), but can't the magazines that feature stuff in a realistic price range use a variety of models? By the time they feature the stuff, it is all over the stores in many sizes anyway, so they don't have the "sample size" excuse.
I confess to checking out newer trends at plus-size clothing websites. I'd rather see what something looks on a size 16 instead of a size 2, and I'm an 8. But if we are gonna "split the difference", flattering on someone bigger than me > flattering on someone who could wear a sack of potatoes and look good.