Calvin Klein & The Plus-Size Game

IMG_6264 Oh goodness. It's happened again. If you haven't heard already, Calvin Kleins newest model is being dubbed "Plus-sized"-she is a size 10, by the way. But was this really the case... Or are we still overly sensitive and quick to become offended on the topic of weight? IMG_6264 In her own words to Elle Magazine, Myla Dalbesio says: “It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl,” Dalbesio says. “I’m not the biggest girl on the market but I’m definitely bigger than all the girls [Calvin Klein] has ever worked with, so that is really intimidating.” (We have reached out to Calvin Klein to confirm.) She wasn’t sure, she said of the shoot, what was expected from her “in terms of her size or shape.” Refreshingly, what was expected of her was the same thing that was expected of the other models featured in the campaign (Lara Stone, Jourdan Dunn, Ji Hye Park): to take a beautiful picture. “No one even batted an eye,” she says. “It was very cool.” In a later statement updated on, she states: "I love that as the conversation on the internet explodes and brings greater awareness, I am receiving emails from 15 year-old girls, telling me that I have given them hope and that sharing my story has made them feel less freakish, less weird, and that they can accept their size 8 or 10 frame. I love that I get to be a part of this conversation, about size and body image and that I get to represent a brand like Calvin Klein. They didn't introduce this campaign for shock value, they simply included what some would refer to as a "normal size" girl in their advertising, right next to other girls of varying sizes and shapes. I love that by opening this discussion, I can also (hopefully) open some doors for other models, friends of mine, that have always straddled the line between straight size and plus. True body diversity doesn't mean only sizes 0's and 2's then jumping to size 16 and up. There is a middle ground." Well, there you have it. If she is okay with being referred to as a "plus-sized model" and cool with the whole situation revolving around Calvin Klein's campaign, why can't we be, too? Personally, I wish we could just get rid of the term "plus-sized." Do you follow us on Instagram? snapchat code  

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