Agencies in Australia, London, even Malaysia are popping up with plus size models. Many plus size models are having luck getting work through talent agencies. Bella Rahim (pictured below) is an example of one model from Malaysia who has found success.
The message is clear and two-fold: women need to know that it is ok to be who they are and things are slowly changing. A fuller size does not equal an inability to be fashionable. It is essential to instill a healthy, realistic self-image in women. And leaders in the fashion industry appear to be committed to facilitate this shift.
Several months ago, Plus Model Magazine had a bold shoot featuring a nude plus-size model posing alongside a straight-size model. The magazine released some interesting statistics regarding the conditions of models in the fashion industry today compared with previous years. An average fashion model used to weigh 8% less than the average woman, but today, that figure is 23%.
Hey, if Karl Lagerfeld can change his mind (when he cast plus size models in shoots and hired Beth Ditto to headline a Fendi party), who knows what’s next?
Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Prime Beauty.