It has been said a woman’s average dress size in the UK is a size 16. General office assistant Amy Pearson, 21, from Hull is a size 16.
“I am a size 16; I’m not really happy with my size and would like to be a size 12. I don’t like what I look like in most clothes; I just think I would be happier with myself a smaller size. I do think most women worry about their weight because they care what others think. Models are a big influence on the way women think as if they wear certain types of clothing or look a certain way then that’s the way a person should look. I think plus-size models are good, as it proves to people that just because you’re not a size 8 or 10, you can still look nice and keep up with all the styles of clothing.”
“I’m a size 8 up top and a size 6 in bottoms. I think I could do with putting a little weight on, but I feel healthy enough. I would only want to go up maybe just a size simply because I do sometimes look too thin. Not all women are obsessed with their weight, but certainly some are. I blame the size 0 models and the exaggerated air brushing we see. They give the impression we should all have tiny waists to look good, I disagree. Plus size models are brilliant! How is a larger lady supposed to know if they style will suit her if they don’t portray this on the runways and magazines. A style could easily still look nice and keep up with all styles of clothing.”
With plus size models being said to start at a size 12, Lauren Hickson, 20, from Hull who is a size 12, claims it is wrong for plus size to start so low.
“I don’t mind the way I look but would like to be that little bit smaller. I feel I would gain more confidence if I was a size 10. Most people are obsessed with their weight because they like to look nice and keep up with the fashion. When you see models in magazines or on the catwalk you worry about being thin so you feel you need to match up to them. Plus size models are good because it doesn’t put as much pressure on you to be thin and makes you feel better about yourself. Having said that I think it’s awful that a size 12 is classed as a plus size in modelling it shouldn’t be!”
By Carrie-Ann Vessey