Re: ''Quid est veritas?''

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Posted by Chad on March 07, 2005 at 18:22:57:

In Reply to: Re: ''Quid est veritas?'' posted by Emily on March 07, 2005 at 01:21:06:

The magazines obviously play a role in this. It used to be that full-figured women were altogether invisible in fashion/lifestyle mags, but I don't know how much better things are currently. Whenever you do see someone over a size 10 in a glossy mag, it's usually not a model, but an ordinary reader (someone who is NOT chosen for their appearance). And what's more, they're often in placed in the "fashion don'ts"-sections.

But for the all-out glamour layouts, the high-quality fashion and cosmetics pictorials, those are still the exclusive domain of the waifs.

So the implicit comparison in the casual reader's mind is, "Oh, full-figured women look ordinary, and straight-size models look amazing". And it's only because the circumstances are rigged that way.

I'd like to see how the anorex-chic aesthetic would fare if the roles were reversed - that is, if the fashion/beauty layouts showed the most gorgeous plus-size models (with great MU, hair, photography, etc.). The tables would turn pretty quickly.

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