The latest issue of French Revue de Modes features stunning, scantily clad plus-size model Robyn Lawley on the cover.
The cover is, no doubt, a step in the right direction for fashion's continual diversification--and it's something women of all shapes and sizes can be happy about. While we are semi-annoyed that it's another plus-size model not actually wearing much clothing, the more covers they land, the better. But we wish the press would stop being so obsessive about how big or small models are.
Quoth the Daily Mail : "With Crystal Renn back in skinny mode again, it has been left up to Robyn Lawley to prove that there is still a place for plus-size models." Hold up a second: Are Renn and Lawley running some sort of "perfect weight" race we don't know about? Is there any reason why Lawley landing a cover should have anything to do with Renn's weight? Plus, women come in all shapes and sizes, right?
We've already told you we have a beef with the way some publications feel the need to neurotically monitor Renn's weight, lambasting her for even the slightest fluctuations--the irony that this is the same mentality of someone who suffers from anorexia, a disease that Renn has publicly battled, seems to escape them.
There's room enough in the industry for both Lawley and Renn, and pitting the two against one another is completely besides the point. Other models--like Alyssa Miller, Charlotte Free, and Nicole Trunfio--also appear on the magazine's cover and, needless to say, not a peep has been said about their weight in relation to other models.
Bottom line: It's unfair to enforce certain expectations on models' weights--and the constant comparisons between them aren't helping the situation.