The body size issue of models was well illustrated at the recent Tel Aviv Fashion Week, of all places. Certainly a country well behind London, Milan and New York in their runway popularity, the country might well be ahead of bad press like the recent Gigi Hadid shaming in London. Israel was as much the first country to pass an actual law against using models under a specific weight and their fashion show showcased women from sizes 0-12, as well as those of a wide age range.
We have certainly weighed in (pardon the pun) over this debate a few times ourselves, but the fires are once again being stoked, presently from an ad plus-size retailer Lane Bryant recently launched. Their new #ImNoAngel intimate couture campaign features plus-sized models Ashley Graham, Marquita Pring, Justine Elly Mayday (and a host of others) appearing in a Cass Bird photo-spread showing lots of themselves in the Lane Bryant new Cacique undies line. One might recall Ashley Graham executing quite the positive ‘you go girl’ historic step appearing as she did as the first-ever plus sized model in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photo-spread in this year’s issue (see our reporting on that here). Or the great big backlash over Victoria’s Secret’s “Perfect Body” campaign, where both Dear Kate and Curvy Kate (these two ‘Kate’s’ are not sisters) created parodies of the V.S. add. The debate rages so heatedly actually, to what is the perfect body, if there is a perfect body, should there be a perfect body that even Yahoo Style is asking this week: https://www.yahoo.com/style/why-the-world-is-turning-against-victorias-secret-115870343048.html.