V magazine gets big

V Magazine January’s issue is the latest fashion magazine to embrace larger sized models entitled, rather obviously, the Shape Issue, it features models all sorts of shapes and sizes. “Big, little, pint-size, plus-size —every body is beautiful. And this issue is out to prove it,” says V editor Stephen Gan. Erm, I think we may already know that Stephen. But you’re right, a few stragglers in the back may still be berating themselves for eating that extra mince pie, slice of Christmas cake, bowl of trifle or Christmas pudding.

In a somewhat refreshing take on the plus size issue, V’s Size Issue has opted to celebrate the female form in two of the shapes that mother nature bestowed on us. So, we have not only women with rolls and curves, but also women with small boobs and bones. In one editorial entitled One Size Fits All (shown below), Crystal Renn (the former category) and Jacqulyn Jablonski (the latter category) are pictured in identical outfits on adjacent pages. Not only does this simple technique highlight how unattainable certain Karl Lagerfield-esque ideas of the figure  are, but also allows the viewer to decide what counts as a healthy figure. The other editorial that has been released, called Curves Ahead, features 4 plus sized models photographed in a various stages of dress, further beautifully proving V’s point.

That said, the Size Issue is far from body inclusive; those of us with muffin tops, pot bellies, short legs or bingo wings will be flicking in vain in find a vague representation of our self. The plus sized models featured in both shoots, whilst large, only have curves in the right places; Crystal Renn doesn’t need a corset to look that curvy. The very fact that there is a need for a specific issue to be dedicated to figures outside the usual modelling norm, shows how far certain ideas need to be changed to embrace the idea that every body is beautiful. It also gives credence to the notion that plus sized models are so out there that it’s news worthy when they feature in a magazine. When the reality is, plus sized models are barely more out to there than you or I; the average British women’s dress size is generally thought as of a 14.  But, a few years ago plus sized models were not even featured in fashion magazines and here five of them are alongside skinny models as if it is a regular feature. Could it be that fashion is rousing to the idea that beauty comes in more than just stick-thin? That’s surely something to be uplifted about. If V keep this January resolution up, then who knows; perhaps muffin tops might be featured before the year is out.

V’s Size Issue is out on the 14th January.

By: Dearbhaile Kitt, 12.01.2010 | Comments (1)
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  • Marcie
    January 13th, 2010
    11:36 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of fuller-figured models. There’s a great site with many images of Crystal and other plus-size models here:


    They’re all gorgeous.

    The site’s forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.

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