Fatshion: Italian Vogue Edition
I Don’t Think Plus-Size Models Will Get The Same Work As Straight-Size Girls
This is a recent quote from Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani. I know you’re thinking “What? This is news? Are there even plus-size models in Italy?” but bear with me for a moment. My mother says I need to feature more INSPIRING stories on this blog, and that’s what I’m about to do. This one’s for you, Mom!
I’ve discovered–thanks to the Huffington Post style section which I am now addicted to–that interestingly, the June cover of Vogue Italia featured 3 plus-sized models and Sozzani had this to say about the issue:
We help [plus-size women] dress fashionably. We say: It’s pointless for you to buy leggings, take this because this will look good on you. We help them choose. We don’t talk about diets because they don’t want to be on a diet, but it’s not a ghetto. Why should these women slim down? Many of the women who have a few extra kilos are especially beautiful and also more feminine.
The cover is really gorgeous and flattering and I’m impressed at how elegantly it’s done.
And there’s more from the shoot where that came from (NSFW [that means NOT SAFE FOR WORK, Mom...there are nude people! Beware!], Belle Vere) which are also really incredible.
So, back to Sozzani. When discussing with New York Fashion the future of plus-sized models in the fashion industry, responded that the accepted norm (do I really have to fill in the blanks here? Just type “models” into google images, and I’m pretty sure even if you’ve been living under a rock for the past few decades that you’ll figure it out…) will continue to reign:
All [who work] in fashion are victims — the media, even myself, even the runways — of the beauty of the moment…
but that her reasons to feature these plus-sized models are to actively counter that mentality:
We were talking about doing, let’s say, a normal person — not only models who are skinny, the normal prototype of beauty of today. It was up in the air for a bit, but now we did it to attract the attention that it doesn’t exist, only one kind of beauty, but that every woman can be beautiful, and especially curvy women can be beautiful and very sexy. If you think today of Elizabeth Taylor or Sophia Loren, they could be in the curvy issue. That shows you how it’s changed, the idea of the body for the woman.
Absolutely fascinating interview that you should definitely check out. Sozanni discusses everything from her petition against pro-anorexia websites (which I’ll do a post solely about in the future) to how important it is “be happy of your body, to decide how you look, to feel sexy and sensual and feminine.” Amazing honesty. There’s also an interview with one of the models featured on the cover which is quite interesting, especially her shock at being featured and questioning of “What was the hold up? Finally.”
Yes FINALLY! This is all incredibly inspiring, especially how proud and motivated these women are to promote positive body image and beauty of all types. It is not presented as a gimmick or a one-time fix, but a step in a progressive, valuable, important and worthwhile direction. Viva Italia (Vogue)!