12 Things Magazines are Getting Wrong about Curvy Girls

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1. It’s a good thing that magazines are publishing photos of plus size models, but they need to stop patting themselves on the back, and try to actually make a difference, rather than photoshopping their way away from any truth.

2. Plus size women are being photoshopped as skinnier, and closer to normal size in magazines, because they’re scared of what the public will think of an actual, plus size woman.

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3. Ashley Graham is one of stars that has not been a mistake on the part of magazines. But her shoot was completely paid ad campaign, and the pictures were deep in the magazine, nowhere close to landing a cover.

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4. Robin Lawley, the first plus size model on the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated’, has been regarded as plus size.This woman’s body is pretty much the standard model body, although an athletic one. Didn’t know muscles meant plus size.

5. She has been praised for “making history” but if she is, what do the Ashley Grahams of the world behind doors even more, letting them know that they will never be on the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated’. Nope, that will always be reserved for skinnier girls.

6. ‘Sports Illustrated’, which has a huge demographic, has created the most unrealistic standards of beauty. Lawley isn’t helping, who addressed the magazine by saying that they were at “the forefront of embracing women of a variety of sizes!” If that’s true, where the hell is Ashley Graham?

7. We still have no plus size juniors and teens in magazines, so what role models or girls similar to them do you expect them to see? All they have is the tall and slender model who doesn’t appear to be going through puberty at all.

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8. Size 10 Myla Dalbesio was considered plus size in the Calvin Klein runway show, even though the designer himself never called her plus size. Good try, Calvin, but people will still disappoint you. Doesn’t help that she regards herself as bigger( http://time.com/3576576/calvin-klein-never-called-that-model-plus-sized-twitter-did/)
Well, yeah, because Calvin Klein models are especially akin to chopsticks. You can’t really compare the two and call one “larger than average”.

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9. One of the only shoots that has been meant to glorify plus size models and depict them as fearless, confident and gorgeous, was a Terry Richardson shoot with Crystal Renn. In the shoot, she was wrist deep in pasta, and eating as if to say “I don’t care if you think I’m fat. I’m gorgeous and will not deprive myself, no matter what you think http://www.stylishcurves.net/2010/09/crystal-renns-glutton-photos.html#.Vd9q17xViko

10. Point taken, yet all that this did, in turn, was once again sensationalize and even fetishize overweight women, without letting them address their confidence in a more comfortable way. Instead, she’s deep-throating squid and devouring a hunk of raw meat – they’re still depicting plus size women as needing to stuff their faces like animals when they eat, instead of being just naturally curvaceous, healthy women.

11. The assumption that plus size women can in fact be healthy women is never taken up by magazines.

12. It’s fantastic that magazine aren’t only focusing on rib and pelvic bone jutting, uber-skinny models, but they should be less proud and actually try to get women to stop hating their bodies by writing a more body positive article. Unfortunately, for now, they’re too scared to cover that territory.

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