Embracing The CurvesFriday, May 31, 2013
|Plus Size Model; Victoria Janashvili|
Here in the U.S. the average-sized woman wears a size 14-16 and most designers consider this as being plus-size. Yet magazines, runways and retail stores fail to cater to plus-size women. Stores like Forever 21 and H&M recognize that plus-size women spend money as well. They carry clothing for plus-size women in stores and online.
Back in the 1960's there was a bombshell, by the name of Marilyn Monroe. Some would describe her as being voluptuous, because of her curvy shape. While her clothing size has been debated, her measurements tell a different story. According to one of her clothing designers, her measurements were "35-22-35". Not so skinny. She was busty with wide hips. Men went crazy over her. She still remains an icon for so many women.
In 1977, The Commodores, wrote and performed a song about a woman who's measurements do not fit today's ideal woman. "36-24-36", to them she was a curvy woman who they referred to as a "Brick House". She was mighty and she let it all hangout.
Remember when nothing was over until "The Fat Lady Sings". This was a reference to the overweight sopranos of the Grand Opera. When the plus-size singer stepped out with her winged helmet, spear and round shield, the audience knew the show was over.
In 2013, Beyonce (who's a little on the thick size) became the face of H&M's Summer 2013 collection. When she found out that they wanted to photoshop her bootylicious curves, she was outraged. She reportedly asked the executives from H&M to remove the photos, because they did not want to show her true curves. They wanted to show a smaller, slimmer Beyonce. My hats off to her.
So, when did it become such a crime to be plus-size? If it's a crime, lock me up, because I would be considered plus-size. I am voluptuous, my butt is big, I wear a size 30 in jeans that stretch and 10-12 in dresses. I have never been a size 0 and probably never will be. I embrace my curves and I love the skin I'm in.