Plus Sized

So Annabel over at Feed Me I’m Cranky has written an amazing post about the new phenomenon sparked by Glamour’s pg 194 plus sized model.

They now have apparently answered the many requests to have more plus sized models in their magazine. Still none on the cover mind you.

So I’m all for seeing more plus sized models out there. I won’t lie, I’m a fan of the Health At Every Size movement and even the Fat Acceptance movement. I know right? God forbid! Fat people, accept themselves? I frequent websites like Kate Harding’s Shapely Prose, and Big Fat Deal. One of my favourite blogs is Do you have an extra large in This?

I guess I’m mainly on the fence about this. I see the positive: girls will see bigger women as okay. They might not go, well I don’t see anyone over 125lbs in magazines; I must be fat because I don’t look like that. I see that it’s beginning to make “plus sized” a little more normal, but at the same time not really.

To me it still presents the dicotomization. These women aren’t just beautiful women showing off clothes in Glamour. They are beautiful fat girls, and Glamour is being so accepting and forward thinking by putting these not-a-size-two women in their magazine. They are still the other. They are presented as still the token fat girl. (You know, the fat friend, never the main character…)

Maybe I expect too much, since we are still presented with a pretty homogenized ideal of beauty; mostly white, thin girls. What is it I would like to see?

I’d love it if there were “plus sized” women on TV and it wasn’t about them being fat. You know? When the fat girls and skinny girls are just there because their beautiful, not because they’re the token fat girl/friend/whatever. That’s when I think it’ll be a much bigger victory. For me at least.

I just thought I’d add my two cents. But please reads Annabel’s original post here.

This post was awhile in the making, and I’m still not sure if it presents how I feel on the subject accurately. But I’m going to post it anyway, and see what happens. I mean I know in some ways what I’m saying today completely contradicts yesterday’s post where I mention my own weight loss. But for me, the weight I was at, was uncomfortable. I am no where near being super skinny, or magazine gorgeous, but I am so much more comfortable in my skin, even though there was a time when I felt fat at this exact same weight.

 Just to add to it, here are a few more operationbeautiful.com post-its’ I’ve done.

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Did you hear about Caitlin’s contest?

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5 responses to “Plus Sized

  1. I always subscribe to the size is just a number theory. The thing is you can be any size and be unhealthy. I’ve been skinny most of my life, but a year ago and earlier I was quite quite unhealthy.

  2. Lizzy

    love your operation beautiful notes! i have to pick up some stickies so i can make and post them whenever i want! 🙂

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

    • Yeah! Do it. 🙂 It feels pretty good. Though I’m always a little nervous actually when going to post them. Dunno why… I feel all like stealthy and such.

  3. Liz

    This is really an interesting topic. I’m not really sure how I feel about it. I totally see what you mean about how the “larger” women featured in the magazine are being labeled as such. They aren’t just beautiful women, they’re “plus-size”. But, the answer to solve this view of larger women is waaaay tough! How is the standard supposed to be changed? I just don’t know. For me personally, I’m not paying too much attention to it. I feel healthly, I think I look nice…and I’m going to try my hardest to not compare myself to others. I think that’s really how I keep my sanity about my body image…I try not to compare. I do sometimes, but I stop myself and think “You are you! This is how you’re made…so love yourself because of it!” (rambling over)

    • I don’t even know if we can change the standard.

      Let’s face it, there has always been an ideal of beauty with every era/age… But there was never the mass media reaching the same number of people as it does now.

      It’s good to hear your attitude of feeling good, being healthy. I want everyone to feel that way!

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