A plus size model, sometimes hyphenated as plus-size model, is a type of model that wears and models plus-size clothing. They wear plus-size garments and model them for the purposes of selling them to other plus-size women. However, unlike other models, which may just advertise clothing, plus-size models have a more diverse skill set that includes advertising household products, cosmetics, and stock photography. Plus size models have a unique place in the modeling world, and they have a lot of niche uses outside of just selling clothing. Furthermore, since plus-size women make up a minority of clothing modeling, they often have to diversify their skill set.
Additional terms you may hear for plus-sized models are full-figured, BBW, extended-sizes or an outsized model. The preferred name is plus-size model. The nomenclature shifts depending on which circle you’re in.
There are a lot more plus-size models now, and fashion designers are starting to look into utilizing them for their lines. They represent a new kind of model that is appealing to more women. Much of the population of women are now wearing larger sizes, which makes plus size models more appealing. There are some fashion shows that are particularly dedicated to plus size models now.
There has been some bias against plus size models. They were featured in catalogs in the 1940s, when photographs tended to make up more a portion of catalogs. They then took a hiatus through the 1970s, and they emerged again in the 1990s. They are now more popular than ever before. There are plus size models that are becoming more popular in America than in any other country. The reason is that new-pregnant and expectant mothers, along with an increase in overweight women, is creating a need for plus size models.
There are legitimate personalities in the plus size modeling world, notable models that are really gaining a name for themselves. They are starting to rival the supermodels and normal weight models that are around today.
There has been some criticism of plus size models though, because weight gain is associated with poor health. This sets a bad example for today’s youth. No one wants to set models up as figures to be emulated if they are overweight.
The perspectives on plus size modeling are always changing, and the weight is shifting in the direction of favorability. Through periods of ups and downs over the years, the plus size models are now gaining ground and starting to garner quite a following. It is now more common and acceptable to see plus size models on the stage.