I knew things were getting to be ridiculous, and, quite frankly, disparaging for a lot of women I have spoken to, but I had no idea what the statistics actually were. This article was an eye-opener for me.
There's a link at the bottom of that summary to the original post, which I cannot access from this particular computer, or I would post that.
A few of these statistics really struck me.
The majority of plus-size models on agency boards are between a size 6 and 14
Seriously? At my healthiest, I was a size 8. (I'm slightly bigger than that now, due to not having lost all of my baby weight quite yet, but I'm okay with it.) I'm 5'8" and I weighed 160 pounds. I had no idea that in the modeling industry that was considered plus-sized. It's a little ludicrous to me, especially when considering this:
50% of women wear a size 14 or larger
The discouraging part about that is not the size of these women, but what they can expect to find in many clothing stores.
most standard clothing outlets cater to sizes 14 or smaller.
These are only some of the statistics in the editorial.
While the statistics are really disheartening, the editorial also highlights things that women can do to help change these things, and I think that's awesome. Personally, I have heard a lot of displeased grumblings from women about the problems with the way average women are marketed to by the use of skinny women in the fashion industry, but I haven't heard a whole lot about how we can change it.
What do you all think? After reading the article and editorial, do any of you think there is anything else we can do to be proactive about this?