And she has a point. I guess we’ve largely grown so accustomed to models being a size zero that we’ve come to rely on a separate label to say “hey, this model is a size eight!” Hence, “plus sized models.” Really, it would be great if we just assumed that models could have different body types. In her article for the Independent UK, Crystal Renn wrote:
Part of the problem is this focus on straight sizes and plus sizes. It is creating an “us and them” mentality. We need to change the way we approach the whole thing, and do away with these terms. All we are is a bunch of models, no matter what size. Among women at large there’s no separation into straight sizes and plus sizes. The term “plus-size” leaves the public confused. In the industry a size eight is considered plus. In the wider world women don’t think like that…
Mistakes in the past have been to base things on extremes. Lots of shows have had size zero and size two girls followed by really curvaceous 16s. When that happens all you see is the size of the girl. The runway needs to be like the street: a variety. If you have more variety then the focus isn’t on the size.
If nothing else, that sounds like something that would make fashion shows a lot more entertaining.