Obviously this is sad on so many levels. Upton is clearly gorgeous–Jezebel points out that she is “basically the epitome of curvy, blonde beauty,” that she “ticks every box”–and she is a welcome variation to the size 0 model that has become the norm, though we don’t know that we’d necessarily call her plus size. Over at BuzzFeed Amy Odell also stood up for Upton, writing, “[H]aters can go on hating, but any model that doesn’t fit into a the runways’ preferred insanely skinny — yet muscley! — mold is more than alright by me.”
Here’s the thing though: While Upton might have to worry about people calling her ‘too fat’ right now, if she lost any weight, she would probably have to contend with people hating on her for being ‘too thin.’ Lest we forget what Crystal Renn, a similarly gorgeous and in-between sized model, had to deal with when she dropped a few pounds. The media went ballistic, some even insinuating that she had relapsed into her eating disorder. PLUS Model magazine Editor-in-Chief Madeline Jones went so far as to say that Renn had “betrayed” the plus-size community. So if Crystal Renn is too thin, and Kate Upton is too fat, then what is the “ideal”? Can models–or regular women, for that matter–ever win when it comes to weight?
The answer, as it is now, is no. No matter what a model looks like, there will always be someone (or a community of people) who feels she is too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short, too pale, too whatever. But the truth is, unless someone is suffering from an illness, she can never be “too” anything. So now can we all just shut up about this and stop watching these ladies’ bodies as if it were a sport?