Do plus-size models represent “real women”?

Do plus-size models represent “real women”?

In the past couple of years, we have seen what beauty means for everyone. No one has the right to say what is beautiful and what is not. Currently, we are seeing more plus size models modeling for world-famous brands and being on the covers of the most renowned magazines such as Vogue. Ashley Graham made history when she became the first plus-size woman to be featured in Sports Illustrated. Iskra Lawrence became a global role model for Aerie. They were considered not the "norm" for models but should they represent "real women"?

 We often associate the term "real women" with someone who is not a size two. That's where plus-size models come in, but if you look closely, they are not plus-size. They are plus-size by fashion standards. Plus-size models are usually between a size 12 and a size 14, which both the models are. What works in their favor is their height with both of them standing around 5'9. Height plays a huge factor when it comes to size because height helps spread the weight proportionally. 

What about those who are plus-size but stand at 5'2? The average woman is 5'4. That would be considered petite, but people are who 5'4 can be plus-size. The problem here is that we claim plus-size models are "real women" but they have to have standards just like high fashion models.  

Maybe we should reconsider what a "real woman" looks like because everyone is made differently. Personally, the term seems unnecessary because what are models like Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne? Unicorns? High fashion models train like athletes to achieve their look, does that not make them "real women"?

We should not insult anyone because of the way they look. All shapes and sizes can be considered beautiful, and fashion should know that. No one can tell you what looks good on you because everyone is different. All women are "real women." 

- Karina Montelongo

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