2015_Day 36: “Plus-sized” model or plus-sized “model”?

Sports Illustrated #CurvesInBikinis ad.

Sports Illustrated #CurvesInBikinis ad.

Still not sure how I feel about the Sports Illustrated announcement that the swimsuit issue will feature an ad with a “plus-sized model.” A lot of people are praising the model, Ashley Graham, for embracing her curves, as well as Sports Illustrated for finally showing some “real” women.

There are others who are saying Graham isn’t plus-sized; rather her body is more like what that of an average woman is like. One that most people wouldn’t consider to be plus-sized. What I think most people fail to understand is that Graham really isn’t a “plus-sized” model — she’s a plus-sized “model.” Accent on the word model. Because most models probably are size 0s or 2s at the most. Graham is more like a size 14 or 16. So yes, she’s big, if you will, for a model.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad the body of at least one woman in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition will look more like what “real” women look like. (Even though Graham admits she likes Photoshop because it gets rid of her cellulite. Which means that maybe she doesn’t look exactly like photo appears.) And I’m glad that Graham loves her curves. I think that’s important. But something about the whole situation just doesn’t sit right with me. I need to think about it for awhile. I let you know if I figure out why.

2 thoughts on “2015_Day 36: “Plus-sized” model or plus-sized “model”?

  1. Shannon

    I like it. Women need to get over body issues and just LIVE for crying out loud. I am always amazed at who I see wears a bikini on the beaches of Texas. I still wear one, and I’m sure there are people who think I shouldn’t be anymore (but I don’t care).

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    1. Julie Riebe Post author

      I agree with you that women should wear a bikini if they want to. I just think the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover shows a bit too much — doesn’t leave much to the imagination. Guess I can just express my opinion by not buying it (although I don’t think I’ve ever done that anyway!).

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