We here at The Gloss are all for the change of fashion industry standards. Whether it’s gorgeous models who don’t fit the typical mold gaining tons of success or others questioning the rules set forth for women’s bodies, we like new and different and fresh. Granted, many plus-size models still wind up being told to do the same poses and have the same lack of garments in said poses, but it is still wonderful to see shoots and product lines with plus-size women as the front face.
So when a few photos popped up around the Internet showing model Michelle from Milk Model Management in fashion blogger Gok Wan’s new line of lingerie for British brand Simply Be, we were all sorts of curious. Turns out that this Michelle may be a breakout star, looking absolutely stunning in all of Wan’s creations for a shoot in SLiNK magazine, a publication dedicated to plus-size fashion. According to SLiNK:
“The collection Gok does with Simply Be always feels romantic, vintage and super glamorous and puts other shapewear to shame. We really wanted to celebrate the fact that for once there is an exclusive collection for curvier women that feels fresh, modern and totally sexy as well as having a fantastic functional aspect. The shoot was based around the theatrics of showgirls and oozes the glamour that every woman can feel in Gok’s amazing lingerie collection.”
Everything about the garments, modeling and photos is all fantastic and dreamy in that exceptionally pretty way that makes me want to buy every piece of underwear I can find and carry a portable light diffuser with me.
My only issue with the entire thing is actually a note on the Huffington Post article regarding the shoot. The editor writes, “(Ed. note: While it might seem bogus that a figure like Michelle’s is deemed “plus-size,” that’s the technical term the industry has afforded models size 12 [U.S.] and up.)” Um, yeah, editor — you kind of just made it sound like being called “plus-size” is a terrible insulting term when, in fact, it’s not. I’m a size 10/12 which is right on the brink, and I am a-okay with the term. Do I think not having a separate category for non-thin women would make shopping easier? Yes. But do I think being bigger is negative? No.
Anyway, without further adieu, please check out this absolutely gorgeous model in these lovely, lovely designs.
Photos: Gok Wan