Vogue Italia is the latest fashion magazine to feature what the fashion industry calls “plus-size” models on the cover of their most recent issue. Although, to you and I, they’re just curvy (hardly plus-sized).
The cover and inside spread were shot by Steven Meisel and features plus-sized models Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine, and Robyn Lawley, who range from size 12 to 16.
The move to include plus-sized models on the cover comes from Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani’s continuous campaign and protest against pro-anorexic websites. She asks readers to sign an online petition to shut down websites promoting the disorder. (FYI, you can sign the petition here).
Fashion has always been blamed as one of the culprits of anorexia and our commitment is the proof that fashion is ready to get on the frontline and struggle against the disorder, Sozzani said to Women’s Wear Daily.
Not only is Sozzani fed up with the direction the fashion industry is headed, she’s trying harder and harder to help everyone be a little more comfortable in their own skin. All the power to her, because it’s not everyday you see a magazine as big as Vogue take such a definitive stance on the issue.
A growing number of readers are now asking to see “ even in fashion magazines “ a real world, made of real people who are not obsessed with staying thin, but are able instead to naturally accept and respect their bodies as they are, said Sozzani.
The last time a plus-size model was featured on the cover of Vogue was Sophie Dahl “ that is before she dropped 15 pounds from a size 14.
But if Sozzani has it her way, it won’t be the last time her magazine features plus-size models.
Why would these women slim down? Many of the women who have a few extra kilos are especially beautiful and also more feminine, she said.
It’s nice to finally see a more genuine and realistic feel in the fashion universe. Who knows¦maybe other magazines will soon follow suit?