Sure, so Vogue put the amazing (and admittedly plus-size) Adele on a cover in the past, but for the most part the fashion industry’s fashion bible has completely stayed away from using larger models for fashion spreads.
Maybe it has something to do with Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, who once said the people of Minnesota look like “little houses.”
But now, things are changing. The magazine just launched a slideshow that shows off “the best lingerie” for a variety of sizes and, shockingly, the models featured in the photos are actually plus sized, not just what the fashion world considers plus sized.
I never thought I’d say this, but Vogue‘s use of plus-size models is actually a breath of fresh air. Typically, magazines and designers only use what the fashion industry considers to be larger women: models who fit into sizes eight to 10, rather than the sample size two. This has always been in sharp contrast with the size of the average woman, who wears a size 14.
You know what that means? Brands are actually starting to listen — like, really listen — to the women who buy products. It used to be that designers told us what was in and we had to like it just because it was the only option out there. Now, designers freely get ideas from bloggers and social media. They react to petitions and immediately get called out when they try to objectify women within their campaigns.
But more importantly, the idea of “body acceptance” no matter the size is helping us level the playing field. We absolutely have a way to go before we stop differentiating people as “plus-size” and “regular” size, but if Vogue is publishing more realistic body types, then the finish line is on the horizon. (Now if only Vogue would apply this to their print mag, too.)