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Sheffield model is told size 8 is “too fat for London”

1 Mar

London fashion week has just finished providing new trends for next Autumn/Winter season in clothing, make up and …size. According to the latest reports some designers use larger models for their shows now. The Look magazine for example is holding its annual competition for curvy supermodels. The girls, who entered the competition, are size 12-14 modelled high street clothes, and are featured in Look magazine. Since the magazine started to use curvy models every week, there are more fashion shows using slightly bigger models. Designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Mark Fast have used larger models on the catwalk as well as a number of fashion magazines such as Elle, Glamour, V magazine have used plus size models, but it was a one-off thing considered as a sensation of fashion and put under “special” feature, which means it is still not a standard approach for fashion magazines or high end designers to use plus size models alongside size 6-8 models.

Hannah S. Groves

None the less, a lot of models can easily be turned away for being “too fat”. Hannah Groves, 24 from Sheffield has been modelling for several years in the North,  she is signed to a Manchester modelling agency. She did catwalk shows, editorial photo shoots, modelled bridal wear and lingerie. She told me how difficult it is to get a modelling job in London, because it is so competitive and the girls are really small there. She was offered to go down to London to attend castings and possibly a job after. Spending 2 weeks there, long hours of waiting in corridors with other girls, who didn’t talk or smile at all – was a tough experience for Hannah, even more because in the end, after her hard work the agent eventually told her she was too big. “I am size 8 that is usually fine in the North. Because I have never worked in London really, the models are usually smaller there, and if I would go to London I would be a bit too big.” she says.

Hannah S. Groves

Obviously, someone’s real life experience is illustrating how conservative the fashion world is. Designers, editors, stylists – they are trying to bring a change, but it’s only seen as a temporary trend, because fashion is so relative and so fast paced. Probably, in the fashion world people like to know what to expect from the fashion and when someone is trying to bring a change, they don’t really accept it, at least not so fast. After all models are showing clothes, it should look like it is hanging on the rail. When models are encouraged to bring more personal style into fashion – they start to look different – it is not always working for conservative traditional fashion houses with reputation – and the are still dictators of world’s fashion.

By Tanya Andrejeva

What a size: 16, 12 and 8 thinks of their bodies

10 Feb

Our People.

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.”

On the other side of the spectrum, Market Research Interviewer Claire Cain, 22, is a size 6-8.

“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

Our People’s Perspective: What Do You Think?

9 Feb

Our People’s Perspective: Plus Size

9 Feb

Our People

There are many plus sizes out there from 14 to 18 to 22+ and we may all struggle with similar issues such as shopping for clothes (see The Trials and Tribulations of a Plus Size Shopper by yours truely for my experience of such matters) and self confidence. So having shared my experience I thought I’d bring in a fellow plus size lady to tell us about herself.

Natalie Wilson

20 years old

from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

What size clothes do you wear?

I can fit into sizes 12, 14 or 16 depending on the shop.

How difficult to you find it shopping for clothes?

Every shop is different and so is every style. I can’t just pick up a dress and not try it on because I have to try it on in atleast 2 sizes.

Is there any type of clothes you struggle to find in the right size or style, such as jeans?

I never wear jeans or trousers because I can’t fit my bum, legs and waist all in one pair.

How would you describe your fashion sense?

I wear what I feel comfy in and covers my worst bits. In recent years I have become more comfortable with my shape and wear tighter, more revealing clothes but sometimes I still feel self conscious.

How do you feel about plus size models and what would you like to see more of?

I’ve heard a size 12 is considered plus size in the fashion industry. I think calling      that plus size fashion isn’t a great idea, I would call size 14 or even 16 plus size. I  would like to see more plus size models and bigger ones.

What pressure do you feel to lose weight?

If it wasn’t for my caring boyfriend and friends I think I would be ill, the amount of pressure I feel sometimes stops me eating for a day or so.

How many people do you know who are plus size?

My best friends are size 12/14 and the my family are big girls and boys. But even my thinner friends complain, they hate being too thin!

Finally, what would you like to say to people reading this interview?

I wish shops would accomodate for bigger people and I wish plus size models were more acceptable. I would also encourage curvy girls to wear what they want and not what they feel they have to and to just accept what they’re given. Some skinny girls are jealous of it!


By Sarah Walters

The Trials and Tribulations of a Plus Size Shopper

1 Feb

Our People

January is drawing to a close and the post Christmas sales are dwindling so I, like thousands of others, hit the high street to find the latest bargain which would have been easy, if I were a size 8.

What I learnt from the sale rail is that finding an end of season bargain is more of a chore than a shopping spree when you fall into the category of the average dress size. I flicked coat hanger after coat hanger aside trying to find something to fit my size 14/16 form and even when I managed to hunt something down the style really was not flattering, there were frills and ruffles in just the right places to accentuate my wibbly bits. One particularly confusing dressing room experience involved me trying to get into what I thought was a bubble dress but turned out to be a pantaloon suit. After trying and failing to get my head through the leg hole I gave up and inspected the garment. I was feeling daring so I tried it on anyway but it’s safe to say I looked more like a jester than a fashionable young adult. There’s a reason why such clothing is reduced to clear.

But, sales aside, shopping for jeans can be just as complicated. There are straight leg, boot cut and skinny to name just a few so when that time comes around I push my patience to the limit trying on different styles and sizes. The boot cut is usually a 16 but can leave it baggy on my booty where as the wide legs are a 14 but gives me a lovely muffin top, at least there’s no need to buy a belt.

Despite the trials of shopping my wardrobe is not left empty, patience, perseverance and knowing what suits me means I don’t have to favour the baggy jeans and oversize t-shirt look. There are no pantaloons though.

By Sarah Walters

Our People. What really is a ‘plus-size’ model?

1 Feb

In 2006 Brazilian fashion model Ana Carolina Reston died at age 21 from complications of anorexia. In 2009 Kate Moss said, “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” In 2010 at London Fashion Week, Mark Fast used ‘plus-size’ models on the runway. However, although the fashion industry is finally recognising the need to use bigger sized girls, with the UK average size being 16 is it right for ‘plus-size’ models to be only a size 12?
We will look at the nations obsession with weight and what the country really thinks of ‘plus-size’ models….

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