Seeing images like the one above definitely makes me feel even prouder of my curvy, size 10-12 frame—and makes me think back fondly to the (equally beautiful!) size 14 body I walked around in for a decade, too.
But Michelle Cantrell over at VenusVision asks an interesting question on her site today: Is it really body diversity if what we’re seeing is just larger versions of the same kind of supertall, superpretty women? Where are the petite gals, she asks? The boy-shaped ones, the pears, the apples?
I’ve gotta say, I’m ecstatic about the changes taking place in magazines and on television—and based on the mail that’s still flooding in at Glamour (where I’m a health editor), so are thousands of other women. If you’ll remember, Glamour sort of kicked off this whole movement with a famous photo in its September issue—and followed that up with a treatise on the new definition of beauty (all bodies!) in November.
But even way back in the May 2009 issue, we had a gorgeous swimsuit fashion spread with plus model Crystal Renn that didn’t even mention her size. That, I think, is key. There’s something more special, more meaningful about a story like that, in which we just get to see a beautiful woman in beautiful clothes who just happens to be a size 12, than one that’s all about size. Not calling attention to it makes it seem like it’s normal and doesn’t matter—and the fact is, being a size 12 (or 10 or 14 or 0 or whatever) is normal, and doesn‘t matter.
I’m really hoping that other media outlets will follow Glamour‘s lead and include models with more diverse body types in all kinds of issues stories—not just ones about body image, or “size” specials like V Magazine’s new “Size Issue.” (That said, I will buy the issue—if only to get the full image of that gorgeous picture at the top of this post!)
What do you think? Do you think the media has gone far enough? Do you think the changes will stick?