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Old 24th January 2012   #1
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Default Emme decries shrinking models

One of the most frustrating problems in size celebration is the situation whereby former plus-size models or curvy celebrities diminish in size and become mere faux-plus or even minus-size spectres.

It's wonderful to see one full-figured icon come out adamantly against this recurring nightmare. A new article at the Daily Mail quotes Emme, the original plus-size supermodel, as lamenting how the once-gorgeous Sophie Dahl shrank into conventional irrelevance.

Here's the passage in question:

'Now you don't hear a lot about her': How plus-size model Emme believes Sophie Dahl killed her career by slimming down

By Paul Thompson
23rd January 2012

The world's first plus-size supermodel has taken a swipe at Sophie Dahl for losing so much weight, and admits she fears she caved to pressure to get thin.

Emme Aronson said Dahl was 'absolutely gorgeous' with her ample curves.

But she said the 34-year-old, who went from a U.S. size 12 to 6 in 2004, had bowed to pressure to lose weight.

Mrs Aronson, 49, told RadarOnline: 'Sophie was absolutely gorgeous with her curves, it was a vision. She was beautiful and it was desirable to see her like that.

'It is sad when a model has had such huge success and then they become a stereotype.

Ms Dahl, granddaughter of author Roald Dahl, who married singer Jamie Cullum in 2010, became one of the world's most famous plus-size models after she was spotted by Isabella Blow in 1995.

But Mrs Aronson says she believes Ms Dahl has damaged her career by slimming down.

'Sophie was so entertaining and showed off the beauty of the curve, but she wasnít content with that, she shifted to fit in with a certain lifestyle and circle,' she explained.

'Maybe she gave in to a certain designer, maybe she was pressured. Whatever the reason, she lost her uniqueness and now you donít hear a lot about her.'

Emme perceptively identifies the multiple reasons why plus-size trailblazers tragically shrink themselves. Once these ladies acquire a modicum of fame and success, they get tempted to conform to their new social milieu, the fashion establishment, which inevitably abounds with curve-hatred. Plus, the designers then want their fame, but not their curves, so the models, addicted to the media attention and career success, dutifully stave themselves.

But by doing so, they become conventional and unimportant -- just another skeletal model or skinny celeb, one of hundreds, all interchangeable and irrelevant.

Worse, by turning their back on the fan base that initially supported them, they show themselves to be hypocrites, betraying any pro-curvy statements they've ever made, and torpedoing the movement that they formerly supported, and which supported them.

Emme singles out Sophie Dahl, but the same could be said of almost any plus-size supermodel, most of whom must now be dubbed "formerly plus-size." In a supreme irony, as Emme points out, in many cases it's a career-killing move anyway, so the betrayal and selling out wasn't even worth it.

That's why models who retain their luscious curves, such as Sophie Sheppard, Katherine Roll, Kelsey Olson, Lindsey Garbelman, Mayara Russi, etc., deserve limitless praise, just as much as the turncoats frankly deserve scorn.
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