Why? Myla Dalbesio, a 27-year-old size 10 model, is the new face of the designer's "Perfectly Fit" campaign. While she's plus-size by model standards, she's still thinner than the average woman that wears a size 12-14.
The whole thing is upsetting plenty of people, even though the "Perfectly Fit" line isn't necessarily supposed to be a plus-size line.
A little concerned Calvin Klein is referring to this as "plus size." pic.twitter.com/dQXJobay6A— c o r s o (@WhyofCorso) November 10, 2014
I wish I was as skinny as the new plus-size Calvin Klein model.— Hannah Gale (@Hannahfgale) November 10, 2014
The disconnect seems to have originated with Dalbesio herself. She told Elle that she was excited to be included as a regular model in the campaign.
"I'm not the biggest girl on the market but I'm definitely bigger than all the girls [Calvin Klein] has ever worked with, so that is really intimidating," she told the magazine. "No one even batted an eye... It's not like [Calvin Klein] released this campaign and were like 'Whoa, look, there's this plus-size girl in our campaign.' They released me in this campaign with everyone else; there's no distinction. It's not a separate section for plus-size girls."
So while some of the outrage may be misplaced, it's still astounding that a gorgeous size 10 woman is still considered "oversized" in the eyes of high fashion. We love that so many plus-size models like Dalbesio, Natalie Laughlin, Crystal Renn and Robyn Lawley get regular work, but we'd love to see one designer completely break the norm and go balls-to-the-wall with a collection and campaign featuring models who wear sizes 14, 16, 18, 20... and beyond.
There are plenty of models who could sell this type of campaign, like:
So, what do you say, CK? Take the conversation surrounding this campaign and turn it into something all women can get behind. It's time.
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