V to devote whole issue to plus-sized girls

Ever the controversy-mongerer, V magazine is turning out a whole issue for January 2010 devoted to models with a little  more substance. The whole issue will be devoted to plus-sized models.

Crystal Renn in Gaultier's s/s 2006 show in Paris. Image: NY Mag

“Big, little, pint-size, plus-size – every body is beautiful,” editor Stephen Gan told “Page Six” of New York magazine.

The issue will feature some well-known plus-sizers in the industry, including Crystal Renn, with contributing photographers Terry Richardson, Karl Lagerfeld, and Bruce Weber. If there’s one thing I’d like for Christmas, it would be seeing the likes of Sophie Dahl and Lady Bunny in the issue as well.

Lady Bunny, right. Image: Rolling Stone

This all comes after a recent editorial that appeared in the glossy’s last issue, which featured model Sasha Pivovarova in blackface wrestling with an ivory-skinned Heidi Mount. It seems the fashion industry is going back to the usual bêtes noires, race and weight.

But we can’t help wondering if it’s a good idea to devote a whole issue to the cause. Italian Vogue did that with black models about a year ago. Looking at the aftermath of that, have they incorporated more diverse models in their issues? Not really.

Maybe it would be better to throw in a few more “normal” girls in every issue, to normalize this in fashion magazines all around, instead of turning these girls into a three-ring circus show.

-Michael Huynh

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2 responses to “V to devote whole issue to plus-sized girls

  1. Marcie

    I’ve always been a fan of plus-size models! There’s a great site with many images of Crystal and other plus-size models here:

    http://www.judgmentofparis.com/

    They’re all gorgeous.

    The site’s forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.

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