Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Tale of Two Models: 2 and 12

I think this is really fascinating:

Photo via The Frisky

V Magazine's upcoming Size Issue
has a photo spread of two models, one size 2 and one size 12, wearing the exact same clothes and posing similarly. There are more photos at the V Magazine site. Editor in chief Stephen Gan said, ""Big, little, pint-size, plus-size -- every body is beautiful. And this issue is out to prove it."

Thoughts?

7 comments:

Saranga said...

maybe it's my eyes but they look like the same women to me, just photoshopped. the face looks the same.

Jasie VanGesen said...

I think it's good to show diversity and so far, it doesn't look like they're touting one end of the spectrum as being right and the other being wrong BUT STILL beautiful, they're just laying the images out there without too much spin. Though I'd like to see more diversity in sizes... give us someone who wears an 18, maybe a few of the sizes inbetween, some different ethnicity and hair color in the models...

CarrieP said...

This is fascinating, and I look forward to seeing the whole spread. In some of the photos on the site I couldn't even tell which model was which. It'll be interesting to see the public's reaction to this issue.

Emily said...

I think it's pretty fascinating, too.

However, maybe I'm getting the US sizes wrong, but size 12 isn't exactly plus size, is it? (The size 12 model looks pretty middle of the range sized, to me).

Maybe the final article will be really representative of the range of sizes we have and not imply that a model who looks pretty thin to me is plus sized!

I'm intrigued...

Amelia said...

A size 12 in the US is not really plus sized, but by typical model standards, a 12 is large.

I like the idea of having the photos side by side. I think it makes the message more in-your-face than merely presenting larger sized models on some pages and smaller sized models on other pages of the same magazine.

Rebecca said...

I wrote about this too. Although in some ways the spread kind of pits the two against each other, I think both models look absolutely gorgeous, which achieves V magazine's goal of proving that "fashion can flatter any figure.”

But my issue is, isn't there already plenty of proof? Most women don't fit into sample sizes but are still fashionable and beautiful every day. It seems that it's not the majority of women and readers who need convincing - but the magazine itself.

google_account said...

I've always been a fan of fuller-figured models. There's a great site with many images of plus-size models here:

http://www.judgmentofparis.com/

They're all gorgeous.

The site's forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.