Indeed, having size 14s and 16s appearing on the world's runways would be even more progressive--and even more potentially rewarding--than any ban on underweight models (laudable and necessary as such a ban certainly is).
If the fashion industry were to merely raise the minimum size of its models from, say, skeletal 0s to corpse-like 4s, this move would have little social impact. All
single-digit dress size represent self-imposed starvation. But the introduction of true
plus-size goddesses on the catwalks of the world (i.e., models who are genuinely gorgeous, and
visibly full-figured) would cause a seismic shift in cultural conceptions of beauty. It would burst the artificial bubble in which the fashion world has encased society for decades (in which only androgynous, curve-deprived waifs were ever permitted to be seen), and would allow the timeless ideal to return.
Only the fashion world's hitherto-total ban on plus-size beauty has prevented the re-emergence of Classical standards. As soon as this ban is lifted, as soon as voluptuous vixens sashay down designers' runways, the full-figured feminine ideal will quickly be restored. The public will immediately recognize that the soft fullness of womanly curves is far more aesthetically pleasing than the sight of cadaverous frames, and it will embrace this once-and-future feminine aesthetic enthusiastically and wholeheartedly.
Nevertheless despite these favourable indications from the Italian fashion industry, it remains to be seen whether such a bold and revolutionary move will actually occur. But if it does, we will suddenly find ourselves living in a healthier and more beautiful world.
Charlotte Coyle, the most luscious of catwalk goddess, on an impromptu runway (from British TV):
- Third Charlotte Coyle gallery