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"Plus size?" Seriously?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

If this woman is plus size, that's a terrible commentary on our perceptions of size. No wonder we have teenage girls starving themselves to death. She recovered from anorexia and unless I'm delusional, she looks healthy and totally beautiful.

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CAROLJEAN64 4/29/2013 7:54PM

    I think she looks very healthy and fit. This is just another reminder of how out of whack the fashion industry has become.

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100LBLIGHTER 4/28/2013 2:22PM

    emoticon That is just nuts. She is beautiful...

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WALLAHALLA 4/27/2013 12:05AM

    I would consider it a plus if I was that size and looked that good!

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46SHADOW 4/26/2013 6:17PM


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LINDA! 4/26/2013 6:15PM

    I should be so lucky to look like that. She looks like a healthy woman.

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RUNNING-LIFE 4/26/2013 12:39PM

    Idiotic society we live in! There is no way that's a plus size!!

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AJDOVER1 4/26/2013 11:45AM

    That's crazy. 154 pounds is within the normal range of BMI for a person 5' 6".

What a distorted industry that an average-size figure is considered "plus-size."

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KARENE10 4/26/2013 7:29AM

    She looks beautiful! Plus size my A** emoticon

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LOVESTOWALK49 4/26/2013 7:26AM

    In the industry, plus size is size 8 or bigger. She's probably a size 8. She looks smaller since she's tall. Only tall women are chosen to model. I'm 5'2" and a size 2 and I look normal size not small since I'm so short.

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    Plus sized my fanny! (Er, mine is plus sized). Craziness abounds

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IKACEY 4/26/2013 3:16AM

    She is a beautiful curvaceous woman most of us would be thrilled to look like. Its sick to label people by size like they do. And it leaves people punishing themselves to get out of the "bad" label size as she did. Or beat up on themselves when they have nothing to be beating themselves up for. A person so small they can turn sideways and be mistaken for a broomstick is Not attractive. I don't care what the size guidelines say.
Thanks for sharing this emoticon
IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/26/2013 1:30AM

    It's shocking to what people think is plus size. Thanks for sharing this.

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    I don't know if she is PLUS SIZE or not, I just know she sure looks healthier than she looked when she was anorexic.


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ARTJAC 4/26/2013 12:54AM


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SHIRAZSOLLY 4/25/2013 10:28PM

    She looked freakishly awful before at 108 pounds - like she was within a week or two of hospitalization.

She probably wears a size 8 at most, which is NOT plus sized. I hate getting a plus sized catalog (like Woman Within) and having size 8 women in it, with skinny legs. At least this woman has relatively normal legs, but they are still not size 18 legs.
How in the world are we to know what a woman who actually FITS in these clothes is going to look in them?

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NANCYPAT1 4/25/2013 9:08PM

    Thank you for sharing this - how crazy is it to think THAT is a PLUS SIZE.

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MONETRUBY 4/25/2013 8:37PM

    She looks beautiful now, and I like the fact that she is sharing her story, and is a role model for being at a healthy weight. However, plus sized? It seems as though, if a model is not the typical stick-figure thin kind, they are automatically labelled plus-sized. I agree with one of the commenters below-how about a middle ground between super thin and plus sized? Let's start celebrating women of all sizes!

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SHERYLDS 4/25/2013 7:21PM

    as others have said...the model is probably about a 10 at 154 for 5'9".
It is absurd what we expect...
but they are selling clothes and the manufacturers want people to think
their product is going to make us look that good.

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CARRAND 4/25/2013 6:40PM

    She looks good to me.

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_BABE_ 4/25/2013 6:08PM

    The plus size models are usually starting at a size 10 or 12 and I wonder too how they are supposed to represent a size category that starts at size 14?

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CHEFSOPHIE 4/25/2013 5:40PM

    She looks like she is at a healthy weight

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PAMDAQTPI 4/25/2013 5:21PM

    It's really sad that there is no middle ground here, anorexic or plus size?! How about "Healthy?"

I agree, she doesn't look plus sized. That being said I didn't look plus sized when I was 200 lbs and wearing plus sized clothing. I carry my weight well (hourglass shape). I think society has some very strict rules about sizing and they jump to call it 'plus size' way too soon.

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READY4CHANGE81 4/25/2013 5:16PM

    wow! she looks so much healthier now!

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BARBARASDIET 4/25/2013 4:48PM

    SHe sure looks better now.

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GRAMMY_22 4/25/2013 4:43PM

    I'm glad that she put on some weight after being anorexic. Plus sized she's not!

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JTAMSYN 4/25/2013 4:35PM

    Interesting. I'm the same height, approx the same weight but don't look as good. It all has to do with weight distribution, I guess. Its unfortunate that they must use such a negative tag for this beautiful woman.

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CATLADY52 4/25/2013 4:09PM

    Looks healthy now. When you have a bust and hips that are more than pencil thin, you are considered 'Plus Size' today.

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LAURELSPARK 4/25/2013 3:56PM

    She looks so much healthier AND happier.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 4/25/2013 3:42PM

    Its ridiculous to call her plus sized. She looks great and I would be THRILLED to be her size!

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HONOURIA 4/25/2013 2:55PM

    I wholeheartedly agree with you. You know, the young ladies (teens) who show up in our church on Sundays are PAINFULLY thin. I mean they look like they should get medical help they are so thin, but they act as though they are hugely proud of this.

I don't find it the least attractive, and I don't particularly think this can be healthy either.

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ANARIE 4/25/2013 2:39PM

    Plus size models are generally size 8-10, with 12 being the upper limit. Fashion houses DO tailor the clothes down (or actually, design them abnormally small to fit the models and then tailor them up for sale) in all size ranges. It's insane-- but the fact is that even women who are plus size are less likely to buy clothes they see on an overweight model. Using models who can fit the clothes you're actually making would reduce profits, and how many clothing companies are willing to do that?

And 1GROVES2, how do you get "government" out of this?!?? The weight guidelines you're referring to are PRIVATE insurance company charts. Everything you're talking about is the "free enterprise" system at work-- anything for profit. The only role any government has had in this is that some OTHER countries and cities have banned advertising using severely underweight models. There are NO government regulations in the US having anything to do with body size, except some states that are considering laws to ban employment discrimination against the obese. When the government does need to make reference to healthy weight, they use standards established by medical professional organizations; the government doesn't set those standards.

And this woman is right in the middle of the "healthy" BMI range, so even IF the government had anything to do with the BMI range, it still wouldn't have anything to do with this woman being called "plus." That's all, 100% private industry. And it's not even American private industry; this whole story is from England, not the US. Not everything is the government's fault!

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ALFBUNDY 4/25/2013 1:25PM

    " I " should be so "PLUS SIZE"! I'm shorter & weigh more, so what does that make me?
JAGUNDA?????????????? emoticon

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SKIRNIR 4/25/2013 12:19PM

    Did a BMI calculation on those figures and that is a healthy weight. Not a plus size model to me.

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--VICKI-- 4/25/2013 11:52AM

  I had trouble loading it, but from what I could see, she looked to be about a size 12, and to me that's far from being a plus size. If a 12 is a plus size, this world is seriously screwed. emoticon
I read further down she's she 157 and 5'9" tall. That would make her about a size 12/14 ( I used to be that weight and I'm 5'9" tall, and I wore a size 14).

Comment edited on: 4/25/2013 11:55:52 AM

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NATURALROCKS 4/25/2013 11:39AM

    WHAT!! emoticon She looks like a size 10 at most! But at least she is healthy now- both physically and mentally emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/25/2013 11:33AM

    **SIGH** That's all I can say.

HUGS and thanks for the link.

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AZULVIOLETA6 4/25/2013 11:19AM

    She still looks too skinny to me.

They must taylor down plus-sized clothes to fit these models. I'm much bigger than that woman and anything plus-sized would absolutely fall off my body.

Granted, plus size starts a bit smaller in British sizes, but not THAT much.

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HARROWJET 4/25/2013 11:09AM

    She looks good. I wouldn't think of her as 'plus size'.

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PRETTYPITHY 4/25/2013 11:04AM

    Plus size models are seldom if ever actually plus sized.

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BIGPAWSUP 4/25/2013 11:00AM

    Honey, Marilyn Monroe is consider "plus size" if I remember correctly.

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BAMEIBOO 4/25/2013 10:54AM

    Look at how thin models are for regular sizes. Plus size models wear a size 8-10 usually. If you've ever seen a Romans catalog you know what I mean! It's a sick sad world. Thank goodness my husband like a real woman and tells me I'm beautiful and sexy, even though I feel like a blobby slob most days!

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NEW-CAZ 4/25/2013 10:53AM

    i see a healthy woman!

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1GROVES2 4/25/2013 10:52AM

    Yes, I agree....she looks just the right size and I read the article to see if there was something I was missing from the photos....nope! she 157 and 5'9"....
I don`t know about the rest of the world, but the US changed their guidelines so nearly everyone who has meat on their bones is now obese. In the `70s, when I was in high school, I weighed 115-118# at 5'4" and was just about right looks wise, but the guidelines said I should weigh 137#....they went from ridiculously high to impossible low!
Thanks for sharing this. I totally agree with you! The government is even peeking at our scales!....and
I do not get the commercials all over about 1-5 children in US goes to bed hungry (ads for donating to food pantries) how US is the fattest nation!
OK I will get off your soapbox,

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WORDWOMAN7 4/25/2013 10:42AM

    Our culture is so out of whack! She looks like a healthy, beautiful woman to me, too.

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