This is my opinion and read about what 10 inbetweenie ambassadors think about being called ‘not plus size enough’
Gorgeous inbetweenies Ali Tate Cutler, Jessica Lewis, Iskra Lawrence, Katy Syme, Bree Warren, Georgina Burke, Inga Eiriksdottir, Danielle Redman, Katherine Howe, Naomi Shimada give their opinions on Cosmopolitan about ‘Not Plus-Size Enough’. I wrote about this ‘size discussion‘ already many times.
I remember working with plus size models for different brand or catalogues, the models had to look bigger than they were in real. I never got this. I always thought models in size 40-42 look great in their own size. There were even models who asked the client: “what size do you want me be?” She had paddings, extra boobs, etc.
“Can we stop labeling people as ‘not enough’ of something and start honoring ourselves for the way we are?” beautiful words from Katy Syme says everything about this endless ‘size discussion’. “There is a huge size gap that isn’t being represented out there. Why can’t we make the average size a beautiful thing?” says Naomi Shimada. Average size… the inbetweenies, the forgotten group, this theme is coming back all the time!
This is the last article in 2014 about this subject and great quotes from these inbetweenie ambassadors! I hope size acceptance and size diversity will be ‘normal’ in 2015! Be happy in your ‘natural size’, whatever it is!
Ali Tate Cutler
“Many plus-size models live in fear of being told, ‘We really like you, but you’re just not big enough.’ My whole life I was insecure about being bigger than most of my peers, but in this industry, suddenly I was too small? My body image changed from one where I was constantly judging my own body to one where I thought, you know what, this is my natural body size and it’s hot! I actually like my curves.”
“I was right on the cusp of being what is known in the industry as an ‘in-betweenie’ — a size 8 to 12. Oftentimes if I did book the job I would be told to pad up … or, even more extreme, wear a fat suit.”
“I try to reeducate them about what a plus-size model means. Many of us lead healthy lifestyles, train in the gym regularly, and are in great shape. We represent a huge range of not only sizes, but also shapes, which I find really beautiful. I’m very proud to say I’m a plus model. I’ve learned to love my body and be proud of all my curves, and I’m so, so grateful every day to be able to work in the industry I love at my natural size.
It costs more to produce a range of different sample sizes. It would just be nice if everyone could accept a range of different size models without having to label them all: we are models, not numbers.”
“I’ve only been told directly that I’m the ‘wrong size’ a couple of times, but fairly regularly, I’m asked whether I’ve lost weight or I’m asked to take my measurements. “I understand both sides of the story: Brands have to toe the line between creating aspirational images and keeping customers happy. There have been some amazing examples lately of inbetweenie girls working with non-plus-size brands without being picked out as something different. Can we stop labeling people as ‘not enough’ of something and start honoring ourselves for the way we are?”
“I have experienced the negative side of it more so on social media because the wider population has a hard time understanding why I am considered plus-size. I do my best to explain that while I may not look plus size to some people, I am still four sizes bigger than the average model. I think the term ‘plus size’ is so dated. It was a term given to women long ago, and it doesn’t really have a place in fashion anymore. There should be a range of shapes and sizes represented across the entire industry, not just one or two. Inbetweens are really just bridging a gap that should never have been there in the first place!”
“Every time someone asks what I do for a job, they laugh that I am considered plus-size in the fashion industry. I now refuse to pad or make my body bigger except wear a padded bra. Who doesn’t want bigger breasts? I think clients want to show a variety of models and what sells their clothing. What does make me upset is when a model is padded and her face is out of proportion to her body. That’s when the job should go to someone who is healthy at that size.”
“I understand that plus size women want to see models that really reflect their size. It varies on the brand if it’s better for them to go bigger or smaller plus, and the sales reflect what the client likes to see. I’m so happy to see the rise of the ‘inbetweenies,’ as there are so many amazing models that don’t fit into the category of straight size or plus size. Eventually, it will just be about models at every shape and size and no labeling.”
“I’m told on the daily that I’m not plus-size enough, not big enough, not really plus-size. But then I get to a job, put on the clothes that are made for plus-size women, and they fit. At the end of the day, I love my body for what it is, and in return, people tend to accept it as well. My body frame is larger, and I am somewhat toned, so compared to a size 0, I’m going to look bigger. I love all my curves and thickness, but I feel like I am constantly defending my size. It’s either I’m not big enough or I’m too big.
“I’m not a fan of labels in general. There is a much-needed demand for the inbetweens. I’m naturally this size, I work out and eat healthy, my bone structure is in my genetics and I wouldn’t want to change them. Baby, I was born this way, as Lady Gaga would put it.”
“Since I began modeling, I’ve been told countless times that I wasn’t big enough for a job, sometimes even in terms of specific body parts that were ‘too skinny.’ Even a size 16 plus model isn’t going to look like the average plus woman. And though I may not necessarily shop for plus clothing, I’ve still felt left out by the fashion industry and been told clothes didn’t come in my size. My body certainly isn’t represented by straight-size models. I think the prevalence of inbetweenie models is increasing because there are lots of women who feel just like me. I hope the rise of the ‘inbetweens’ is a step toward bridging the gap between the extremes that the fashion industry most often represents.”
“I’m frustrated [by] the existing mold. I’m exactly the size and weight I’m supposed to be; I just wish there were more brands willing to take a ‘risk’ and use more girls like me. It’s so hard to fit into the categories that exist today. There is a huge size gap that isn’t being represented out there. Why can’t we make the average size a beautiful thing?
More variety can only ever be a positive thing, and I actually believe that it would only increase popularity and worth to a lot of ‘normal-size’ clients out there if they decided to make it the new normal. I want to live in a world where we bridge that gap!”