What to read to understand plus-size fashion


Glamour magazine’s decision to include Amy Schumer in its “plus-size” issue raised a lot of questions, including who is really plus-size, who gets to decide and why we pretend that the plus-size market is some kind of niche when the average American woman is a size 14. What’s clear is that the plus-size industry is about more than numbers and clothing larger bodies: It’s a movement. Much of the plus-size community thrives on social media — perhaps unsurprisingly, since mainstream fashion publications mostly pretend it doesn’t exist. Here are outlets, blogs, books, movies and events that provide a glimpse into our world.

Plus Model Magazine

Plus Model Magazine, which has been publishing online for 10 years (I am the editor), is the source for models looking for advice on preparing for a go-see, getting signed with an agency and prepping for a model search. PMM also runs commentary on topics such as body shaming, the lack of diversity in the plus-size modeling industry and the increasingly unhealthy standards in the straight-size industry.

@RhapsoDani on Snapchat

 Freelance writer Danielle Young lives a Carrie Bradshaw lifestyle (interviewing celebrities, navigating the New York dating scene) but in a body larger than a size 2. The moments she broadcasts to her 13,562 Snapchat followers are insightful, inspiring and always candid, including the time she was stood up by a date — and decided to go out dancing with her friends instead.

Full Figured Fashion Week

Former plus-size model Gwen DeVoe saw a void in the fashion industry: no plus-size fashion on the runway during fashion week. So she filled it. Now FFFW draws more than 25 designers and people from all over the world to New York each year for seven days of fashion shows, blogger events and panels. The event has inspired a documentary and turned models who walked the runway into celebrities.

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