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In Sports Illustrated: Plus-Size Model in Tiny Bikini

It's a first for the mag

(Newser) - Sports Illustrated's vaunted "Swimsuit Issue" hits newsstands Monday, and there's a whole lot of buzz being generated about one of the bikini-clad models who appears in it: Ashley Graham, who happens to be a size 16. She marks the first inclusion of a plus-size model in the... More »

Crystal Renn: Why I Lost the Weight

To stay plus-size would have meant another eating disorder, model says

(Newser) - Pressure to be thin caused model Crystal Renn to develop an eating disorder early in her career—but after she became a plus-size model, she felt similar pressure not to get thin. Critics were flabbergasted when Renn, 24, shed some of her famous curves last year, but Renn says she’... More »

Girl Scout Videos Tout Plus-Size Self-Esteem

Spots aim to address fashion industry pressures

(Newser) - The Girl Scouts have hired four plus-sized models for a new self-esteem campaign dubbed “The Changing Face of Fashion.” In a series of spots that Emili Vesilind of the LA Times calls “viral videos," though that seems overly hopeful, the models talk about their lives and... More »

Where Are the Fashionable Plus-Size Clothes?

Plus-size models are in, but fashions are struggling

(Newser) - Ever since Glamour published Lizzie Miller’s stomach paunch , plus-size models have found themselves in the pages of more and more magazines . Even so, the plus-size clothing market is struggling to catch up: It still represents just 18% of total women’s clothing revenue (even though 64% of American women... More »

What Happened to Crystal Renn's Curves?

Agent reassures us she's not being unhealthy

(Newser) - Plus-size model Crystal Renn never looks “fat”—but tongues started wagging about her size after she walked in a recent Karl Lagerfeld Chanel show, looking, dare we say, skinny. But “she is not trying to lose weight at all,” her agent says. “She fluctuates between... More »

Fox, ABC Censor Plus-Size Lingerie Ad

Networks apparently afraid of cleavage

(Newser) - Apparently, only skinny girls can show cleavage on network TV. Or at least, that's the double standard Lane Bryant saw, after ABC and Fox got squeamish about its new lingerie ad, Adweek reports. ABC refused to air the ad during Dancing With the Stars, while Fox “demanded excessive... More »

The Making of a Plus-Sized Model

Kate Dillon talks about eating too little, and too much

(Newser) - Before she became the face of plus-sized modeling, Kate Dillon had a “nontrivial eating disorder.” A size 4, she was highly sought for “normal” modeling gigs thanks to her beautiful face, but “I felt so fat all the time,” she says in a profile in... More »

How Gemma Ward Got Too 'Fat' to Model

Once touted as the next big thing, model simply got too big

(Newser) - Gemma Ward was discovered at 14, became Vogue’s youngest cover model at 16, and landed more than 20 Vogue covers by 19—but today, at just 22 and a few pounds heavier than she once was, Ward’s modeling career appears to be over. Speculation about her size began... More »

Tyra Banks Launches Plus-Size Model Contest

Fiercely Real Teen Model Search will end with contract, spread

(Newser) - Tyra Banks is jumping on the plus-size model bandwagon with a new modeling competition—the Fiercely Real Teen Model Search. “I've always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty,” she tells Us . Teens with dress sizes between 12 and 20 who stand 5'9"... More »

The Rise of the Plus-Size Model

Crystal Renn is the most successful, but others hope for more work

(Newser) - At 5 feet 9 and about 165 pounds, Crystal Renn doesn’t look plus-size in person—but she is the industry’s most successful plus-size model, and potentially the face of a new movement in fashion. “You’re not big,” said a surprised creative director when he met... More »

V Mag's Plus-Size Models: Bold or Too Much?

Critics split on V magazine preview

(Newser) - Images from V’s upcoming plus-size-only issue are rolling in, and responses are varied. The most recent preview showcases a spread of plus-size models ranging from practically-naked to naked-naked, and Amy Odell finds the message confusing. “Is it really that women of average-to-larger sizes are beautiful?” she... More »

V Mag's Plus-Size Issue Just a Stunt

The better idea would be to incorporate the models into every issue

(Newser) - V magazine is the latest to jump on the plus-size models bandwagon, and it’s making news—but should it be? The New York Post —in the delicately-titled article “Heavy Changes”—broke news of the January issue, featuring models like Crystal Renn. But Amy Odell think this... More »

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