20 years ago, a top model weighed about 8% less than an average woman. Today the difference in weight is 23%.
They are mannequins and far from the « rachitic » standards of the world of fashion. Who are the « plus size » top models that illuminate catwalk and magazine pages?
Denise Bidot : With her size 46, she worked for Forever 21, Target, Levi’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Old Navy … During the New York Fashion Week 2014, she became the first plus-size model to scroll for non-specialized brands in big sizes: CHROMAT and Serena Williams.
Toccara Jones : The eighth candidate eliminated in the third edition of America’s New Top Model, and then signed with Wilhelmina Models in their bigger section. Since then, she has appeared in campaigns for Avon, Target, New York and Company, Ashley Stewart and Rocawear.
Marina Bulatkina : The Russian-born model, has campaigned for Maidenform, Bare Necessities, and Century 21. She is also the face of the big size brand, Svesta, in Russia. This mannequin in size 46, is a defender of the acceptance of the body and love – Like Denise Bidot, she was photographed in the book CURVES.
Myla Dalbesio : According to her own standard (and mine too), Myla is not a « Plus-size » mannequin. With its size 42, she is not considered enough « thin » for the traditional standards, and not enough « strong » either, to be more-size model. Her case helped the industry to understand that the in-between sizes also existed. When she was the first plus-size model to become the face of Calvin Klein underwear, Myla remembers feeling disconcerted because according to her, the shops she attended were not specialized in large sizes: « I thought of buying in » normal stores « , » she told the Daily Mail.