Today, I believe plus-sized models have gained acceptance because they are more sexual than “regular” models, not because they are plus-sized. When you’re anorexic you cannot be sexual. (Though I do believe some people are better at pretending than I was.) The truth is, the hormones are not ALIVE. They are also out of balance. I know from personal experience.
The ability to be sexual is more powerful and stimulating than the ability to weigh less and, ultimately, construct one’s self into statue of a pain. Being sexual takes vulnerability and letting go of control, being anorexic takes total control. Fake sex and the idea that capitalism and products can make you sexual no matter what you weigh or how insecure you are: that’s what’s in.
In a country like America where the standards for models are so high (to be a ghastly low weight), the normal weight in the country is “overweight” because of the obesity epidemic, and eating disorders are a serious problem, plus-sized modeling is a cool idea but not a solution. In my opinion, plus-sized models are not ideal role models. They are vulnerable models.
Imagine this scenario: A plus-sized models ends up trying to set a new beauty standard by being bigger (after having been an anorexic model), then ends up losing a good amount of the weight she gained because she put herself in the spotlight too soon in the recovery process. All of a sudden, the former plus-sized model’s weight loss story is glamorized. Eventually, maybe we learn the girl is returning to rehab for an eating disorder.
The point of this post is not to bash the plus-sized models. I believe plus-sized models have good intentions. I would; however, rather model for a modern, active lifestyle with shoots in nature. Whether plus-sized or not, the nature of traditional modeling gives outsides far more power than insides and promotes an obsession with beauty that is artificial, superficial, and disconnected from Mother Earth.
In conclusion, plus-sized models are not “fit” to be role models. As a teenager, I could never see myself walking around talking about “my latest role model, the plus-sized model so-and-so.” I’d still say Mia Hamm, or better yet Mandy Moore in Candy. She’s a hot California girl and so is her dude. Of course, I did get as thin as Mandy, but I could never, ever be sexual like she is in the music video at that weight.