Well, no, probably not. Though one Australian journalist seems to think it is!

The Australian department store Myer hosted a ‘Big is Beautiful’ show during Sydney’s Fashion Festival yesterday, during which they, unsurprisingly, used plus sized models. Because it was a ‘Big Is Beautiful’ show. Which prompted Damien Woolnough to remark in The Australian,

‘Most of the models looked healthy but some looked obese. While most fashion festivals ban models for being too skinny, why is it OK to see fat women on the runway?

There is a place for women of all sizes in the fashion media, as seen by the positive response to a plus-size shoot with Lawley in this month’s Vogue Australia, but obese models send just as irresponsible a message about the need for healthy eating and exercise as models with protruding clavicles and ribcages.There is a place for women of all sizes in the fashion media, as seen by the positive response to a plus-size shoot with Lawley in this month’s Vogue Australia, but obese models send just as irresponsible a message about the need for healthy eating and exercise as models with protruding clavicles and ribcages

Models have always been thin and tall because clothes look better on them.”

Well, I guess that’s kind of the point to a show like this, isn’t it? There isn’t really a huge need for anything to show us that “very thin can be beautiful!” because it’s common knowledge that clothes look great on very thin people. Sure, in a parallel universe it might be irresponsible to only show overweight people – if in that parallel universe the cultural standard were “it is beautiful to be overweight.” That would be an unhealthy message, in rather the same way “it is beautiful to be underweight” is an unhealthy message. But shows like this “big and beautiful” one are still an exception to the rule, and if they do anything, it’s only to make people feel a bit more okay about not being a stick thin model.

That said, I wish that there could be a show for “normal sized people who doctors categorize as being a healthy weight.” That would be a fun show!