While plus-size models are steadily gaining traction in the fashion world via beautiful, talented women like Robyn Lawley, among others, there is still a decided lack of non-standard models featured by major companies. A worrying observation from Consumerist may exemplify just how reluctant companies are to hire plus-size women, as it appears that Party City has — instead of paying for models in plus-sizes — simply photoshopped their standard sized clothing models to be larger. Yes, seriously.
The photos, as collected by a tipster to Consumerist:
It really does appear that Party City wanted to save money (or simply didn’t care to hire any plus-size models whatsoever), so they stretched out some of their products’ photos. And not very effectively — these all look wonky, weird and aren’t particularly effective.
Now, I’m not 100% convinced because I am (A) too optimistic and (B) hoping the company will explain itself, but I do think the evidence is pretty damning. And if this does prove to be true, then it is incredibly disappointing. It’s simultaneously conflicting, though, considering models are typically ‘shopped to look thinner rather than larger. Nevertheless, I think companies who wish to sell products and use models to do so should utilize models within the actual sizes of the products they’re trying to sell.
So, what do you folks think? Did Party City photoshop their models to embiggen their features? And, if you do think this is an accurate accusation, is there a justifiable reason for them to have done so?