There has been a lot of hype lately about the “plus size” model Robyn Lawley—yes, she is beautiful, has curves to her body, and is pretty buxom… but, it is really hard for me to categorize her with the “plus size” crowd.
How can someone who is a size 30 relate to someone who has a perfect body and is a size 10/12? It seems the same as comparing an average size 10/12 woman to a runway model who is a size 00. There is always the unattainable that the majority of women will never be. Sadly, there will always be girls and women looking to this perfection, striving to be someone they may not ever be.
[Left] Robyn Lawley (Pic source); [Right] Fluvia Lacerda (Pic Source)
See above, a picture example of two different plus size models. On the left is Robyn Lawley, a size 12. On the right is Fluvia Lacerda, a size 18. How can they be one and the same? They are both beautiful and they both have curves, but next to Fluvia, Robyn looks like the “average” sized woman. Added to this, they both have perfect proportion—a body that is merely a larger version of the idealized body. How many people look this way when they are plus size or any size?
All of this does not make sense. Maybe there needs to be new terms to describe different types of curves and plus size… Maybe Robyn Lawley is “Curvy Slender" and Fluvia Lacerda is "Curvy Plus"…?
Until the fashion industry starts showing a more “normal” (as in shape, as well as size) woman—be it plus size or not—there will never be a change in the mindset of society, women, and girls.
We are still striving to define ourselves, maybe we will never be satisfied. In the end it’s up to ourselves to walk through the sea of “perfection” to find the reality. Plus size is as plus size does.
This post was originally posted at The Curvy Elle Blog. Please feel free to comment there.
This post is a continuing conversation from a previous post entitled “What is Plus Size?”