"Plus-Size" Models on the Runway: Fashion Do or Don't?

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Posted 09/20/10 at 06:14PM by Total Beauty

Another Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has come and gone and I've still never set foot inside one of those famed tents. Sigh. There's always next...life.

Luckily for those of us who love fashion and beauty, but can't fathom being fabulous enough to actually attend such shindigs, the Internet brings it all to us. Thanks to this wonderful worldwide web, I know, for instance, that I don't dig Ralph Lauren's rodeo-inspired collection, that I still love Michael Kors (except for all that new bare-midriff stuff) and that "tea-length" fashions will only ever look good on the super-tall and super-skinny.

I also know that I love Crystal Renn. In case the name doesn't ring a bell, she's the former stick-thin model who, after enduring a health crisis triggered by nearly starving herself, gained 70 lbs. and took the modeling world by storm as a "plus size" model.

She's opinionated and gutsy and I admire the heck out of her. Especially how she owned the Gotex swimwear catwalk last week. It takes a lot of guts to strut your stuff in a swimsuit when you're some anonymous chick on the beach -- never mind on the runway in front of the world's press and catty, narrow-minded fashion editors.

I think Renn, with her big hair and her healthy, normal-looking thighs, rocked that runway like nobody's business.

What do you think? Think couture fashion shows should be reserved for only the super-skinny mannequins? Or, do you believe that more realistic models, like Renn, belong there?
And the survey says...
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  • Posted by EricaF123 on 04/13/13 at 01:46pm

    A do!

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/13/12 at 06:51pm

    Please, please put real women on the runways! The 1% has had enough of the spotlight! Why put skeletons on the runway when it's the 99% of us they want to sell these things too?

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/20/11 at 12:33am

    I agree with Isabella. I'd like to see more REALISTIC and HEALTHY looking women on the runway. I don't want to see emaciated models. But I'm not a fan of calling them "plus sized." Crystal Renn has fluctuated between sizes 10-14 as a plus sized model... Yet the average American woman is size 14. These labels and these ideals are a little messed up. I don't care what size models are, as a numeric value or as "skinny" vs "plus". I want to see REAL healthy women.

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  • Posted by Isabella79 on 05/31/11 at 11:26am

    I'm torn on this one. On one hand, I hate the fact that they use stick thin people to walk down the runways, but on the other hand, I hate the use of the term "plus-sized" It now makes women think that if you're C; Renn's size, then you're plus sized, which is absolutely untrue!

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  • Posted by Bon_Bon on 02/21/11 at 02:50pm

    Fashion DO!!! I'm sick of seeing ribs!!

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  • Posted by kenya on 11/28/10 at 11:10pm

    obviously a FASHION DO!

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