From — Here’s What Fashion Magazines Should Start Learning From Tumblr

I was mentioned in an article today on concerning fashion’s need to embrace real diversity:

The fashion industry is taking small steps to embrace diversity body types, such as plus-size model Robyn Lawley’s inclusion in Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit issue this year. But as Amanda Czerniawski, assistant professor of sociology at Temple University, wrote in her book Fashioning Fat: Inside Plus-Size Modeling, that inclusion is still rare, and the body types are still limited. As Czerniawski told the Globe and Mail in February:

“There might be a fashion magazine issue devoted to ‘curvy’ bodies – and they’ll put Scarlett Johansson in it. Or Kate Upton. … What we have to remember is that even though these models are a little bigger than what we’re used to seeing in fashion, they are still atypical bodies. They still are taller than the average woman – and they have proportional body shapes, symmetrical facial features, the intangible X factor.”

Tumblr isn’t free of those classically slender models, but there’s room for all types. One look at the countless photos tagged “curvy” or “plus” turns up more bodies of all shapes and sizes rarely seen on a magazine’s glossy pages. That might mean tall, short, big boobs or wide hips, or small ones too. The point is variety — and on Tumblr, it’s endless.

Read the full article here.


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