Let’s stop this SIZE discussion!


Earlier I wrote about Robyn Lawley being chosen as Model of the Year! But after this award, there was a lot of size discussion: about her size. Australian Jo wrote about this ‘inbetweenie debate’ on her Plus Beauty Blog a great article about this discussion and Molly Mimi explained what plus size exactly is and talked about ‘not being big enough’. I think it’s great to also hear from these bloggers how they feel about this debate. This endless discussion.

Plus Beauty Blog: “I found the recurring inbetweenie v plus sized debate fascinating, particularly as my weight fluctuates between both camps. Personally, I see the value of labels and categories. When ‘straight’ fashion excluded me, categories helped me to find other women who looked like me and who celebrated the body that I had. Having said that, whilst my weight fluctuates between both camps I never fail to be inspired by or celebrate the other category.
I think the plus sized community should be better than the comments posted on Lawley’s wall.

When I am excluded from one community, who am I to exclude others from mine? I was brought up to be better than that and I had hoped that that plus sized community had too.
Perhaps I am more accepting than others, or perhaps I use the term plus size broadly to describe the entirety of the ‘non-straight’ community. Either way, posting negative comments on the Facebook page of someone who, inbetweenie or not, has done so much for the promotion of body acceptance and diversity in fashion is not only counter-intuitive but also pretty shameful.”

Molly Mimi: “First of all, when it comes to models, “plus size” is a term that refers to the industry. It is not a term to describe their weight, or who they are as people; it’s a term used to describe that they are a model that is bigger than the size fashionmodels have. Since fashionmodels have a size 0-6, plus size technically starts at size 8. Does this mean that a woman who has a size 8 is a plus size woman? Of course not. It’s an industry term. Not a term to describe what she IS as a woman, but what she DOES as a model.

This is is not a war, there is room for all of us. We have got to stop all the fighting and the judging and the trying to squeeze everyone into little boxes of “she’s too big” and “she’s not big enough”, and just focus on the awesome people behind the size (no matter what their size is!) and the awesome job they’re doing. Diversity.”

Another great statement of Coco Rocha on her Facebook page: “Another modeling term that needs to go is ‘full-figured’, as if slender girls are only ‘half-figured’. News flash: EVERY WOMAN HAS A COMPLETE FIGURE.”

Let’s STOP this skinny versus inbetweenie versus full figured discussion! In the plus size industry is also size diversity, accept this!
A model described a great metaphor about ‘the world of the inbetweenies’ very well: “On the left there’s the ‘straight size’ island and on the right the ‘plus size’ island. And the inbetweenies are swimming and surviving in the water, because they don’t belong on both of them.”
I hope in the future also the inbetweenies will be accepted on one of these islands. Because creating another island is not a good idea. The best thing would be accepted at the straight, because inbetweenies have ‘average sizes’.

On Zero Style Blog, I saw this great article and noticed some interesting facts. “Given that 57% of American women are wearing size 46 EU/16 US and above these days. Considering research shows that 1/3 of American women are “inbetweenies,” meaning they wear items in both straight and plus sizes.”
57% has size 46 EU/16 US and 1 of 3 women is an inbetweenie? This confirmed for me that something has to change in the fashion industry.

Having my blog over 2 years right now and still straight brands have not extended their labels. And plus size labels are still not ‘inbeweenie proof’. This was the main reason I started my label Edith Dohmen. To show it’s possible to create a label which is inbetweenie friendly. In the future I hope an inbetweenie collection is not necessary anymore. Straight size labels will be extended to a size 48 EU/18 US and the plus labels will start at 50 EU/ 20 US…


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