Beauty Beyond a Size 16

contexts_spring_2016Plus-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.

in Contexts

Reprinted in Gender, Sexuality, and Intimacy: A Contexts Reader, 2017, edited by Jodi O’Brien and Arlene Stein, SAGE Publishing