Last week, Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) hit the Sydney stage. As a curve model eagerly watching from Adelaide, I was keen to see some changes from previous years.
I was ready to scream “YES” when I saw the vast size diversity that represents the breadth of Australian consumers.
I was ready to clap for the women who worked hard to put curves on the runway.
I was ready to feel accomplished, like we’re finally making headway in the fashion industry.
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What I wasn’t ready for were the feelings of disappointment and anger that overcame me.
According to ABS data, the average size for Australian women is between 14-16, but if you used Australian Fashion Week as a guide for representing the population, you’d be grossly misinformed.
From the 70 labels featured in fashion week, there were only three labels that cater for size 16 and over – with only a fraction more offering size 14+.