Plus-size models made headlines in 2015, signaling a shift towards greater size diversity in fashion. Are these successes part of a spectacle that will soon fade or, rather, the start of a fashion revolution? Developments indicate this is not a passing fad, as significant institutional changes have occurred within modeling agencies and designers are responding to a consumer-driven demand for a greater representation of larger models in the fashion landscape. However, as the plus-size sector works to expand the definition of beauty and unify the modeling market, it, too, is plagued by elements of thin privilege.
Reprinted in Gender, Sexuality, and Intimacy: A Contexts Reader, 2017, edited by Jodi O’Brien and Arlene Stein, SAGE Publishing