By EMILY SEE-WINDER
I am, what I like to call, a healthy size model. You’re probably wondering what that is exactly? Well, I’m fit and healthy, tall and pretty (by most people’s standards) but unfortunately, I’m not thin enough to be considered a “straight” size model and not big enough to be considered “plus” size model.
In other words, I’m an “in-betweenie,” a modelesque looking woman who falls within the 8-12 size range. Funny isn’t it that this seemingly normal size range is an anomaly in the modelling world?
I made the transition to “plus” just a couple of years ago, but as a healthy size 10-12 woman, putting on enough weight to be a size 14 (the smallest size for the plus size industry) wasn’t healthy for my body frame.
So here I sit as a healthy size 10-12, trying to carve out a niche for myself and other healthy sized 8-12 models who are trying reflect a more realistic image for female consumers.
I don’t get booked for “straight” modelling jobs anymore because even if the clothes fit, the client usually spends (in their words) “a fortune” airbrushing me skinny.
That actually happened earlier this year. Instead of sending me home as soon as I arrived on set, the client had me shoot all day, retouched the photos, used them in their next catalogue, and refused to pay.
If a plus client takes a chance on me, I almost always have to wear padding and 3 padded bras to accentuate my curves. Yes, even in plus, there are ideal body proportions, and although they’re much closer to reality, they’re generally not the average proportions of full figured women in the real world.
I understand that we all come in different shapes and sizes, but it baffles me that there simply isn’t a market for models sized 8 – 12. We have straight sized models who are often underweight, malnourished, and don’t represent the consumer population at all, and then we have plus size girls who range from a size 14 to about a 22, many of whom aren’t healthy because they’re carrying extra weight. It’s quite honestly the perfect snapshot of society’s skewed values. Whatever happened to being healthy and balanced?