Thompson in her ANTM days

Whitney Thompson–winner of America’s Next Top Model, “cycle” 10–was the show’s first plus size champ. She’s also the first alum to transition into… online dating? Thompson is launching a dating site for plus women this week, called The Big and the Beautiful. Thompson got the idea after becoming fed up with her own struggles to find a date online. She says:

“[When] I would [call myself] a ‘plus-sized model’ . . . guys would expect me to be a really big girl. But if I said, ‘I’m a model,’ [they were] disappointed that I’m bigger. Either way, I wasn’t what the guy was looking for.”

Thompson has basically articulated the problem with the word “plus,” as it appears in modeling, fashion, and real life: it doesn’t mean anything. When we start using “plus” for anything over a size 4, we get a word without any meaningful definition real fast.

Anyway, members pay $40 a month and can choose to describe what they want as more of a relationship or a hook-up. To which Thompson adds, “Curvy girls like sex, too.”

Do you think a dating site for sizes [X] and up is a good idea?

(via NYPost)