I admire Marina Zelner for all of the pro-curvy statements that she makes in this interview, but especially for her generous words about her models. To many companies and CEOs, their models are little more than chattel, but Ms. Zelner clearly reveres them and sees them as muses and goddesses - which they are.
This also indicates how much respect Queen Grace has for its customers, for just as it sees its curvy models in such a positive way, so does it view its curvy clients.
I have always believed that how a plus-size label approaches its models reflects exactly how it thinks about its customers. If a company features gorgeous size 16s and 18s, like Kelsey and Katherine (as Queen Grace does), then clearly it adores its full-figured clientele and loves their body type. But if a company merely resorts to faux-plus models, then clearly it does not have any esteem for its plus-size customers, and while it is content to take their money, it doesnt even respect them enough to show their body type in its advertising.
Marinas words, like her company images, both testify to a profound admiration for full-figured women.
Originally Posted by Tanya
The grim irony of the agent's claim to be diminishing a model's size so that she can "get more bookings" is that it doesn't even accomplish that! Far from it -- the model in question LOST this major campaign with Queen Grace, (not to mention the chance to represent the line at FFFWeek,) precisely BECAUSE she listened to her curve-o-phobic agent and faded away into a faux-plus size. Something that she supposedly did "for her career" actually turned out to be BAD for her career.
Not only that, but even if the model who diminishes herself does
book any jobs at her whittled-down size, those jobs are worthless, because she is no longer visibly curvy. By this crass "bookings" argument, a model might as well become a size-0 anorexic to get work - that being where such toxic thinking ultimately leads.
No, anyone who pushes a model to starve herself is no friend of the model, nor of full-figured women, nor of the industry, nor of the movement. Rather, a good
agent will encourage clients to enthusiastically book a model at her truly
full-figured size - especially when, as in the case of Queen Grace, that size-positive intention was right there in the company brief.