Monday, September 24, 2012

Height Isn't A Plus Size

Well, Ralph Lauren is patting itself on the back for hiring their first "plus size" model.  Robyn Lawley is the name of the "plus size" woman who Ralph Lauren has chosen to represent them.  What's that?  Why is "plus size" in quotes?  It's almost as if I don't really mean it, huh?  Yeah, that's because I don't.  See, Lawley is 6-feet 2-inches tall and a (wait for it) size twelve.  Six-two and size twelve?!  In what universe is that a "plus size"?  Her height is more than that of the average female, I'll give them that.  But I don't think that they usually call tall women "plus size".  No, they just call them tall.  Let's take a look at this "plus size" model, shall we?  Here she is all be-scarfed and wearing a pair of riding boots.  You know, in order to appeal to that plug-size woman who is on the go on her horse.  Behold! 
She's a lovely gal.  Very poised.  Very attractive.  Smartly dressed (right down to the leather pair of OJ gloves that she's wearing).  She's lots of things.  But you know what she's not?  Plus size, that is correct!  Let's look at another outfitting of this behemoth.  Here she is without that bulky sweat that she's wearing above.  This should give us a better idea of how she looks when she isn't all padded up with extra layers.  Behold! 

Yeah, I'm still not seeing it.  In what universe is she considered to be a "plus size"?  Wait.  Maybe I'm looking at this all wrong.  Maybe it's the clothes that she's wearing which are SO flattering that it makes her big ol' plus sized body seem, well, regular if not downright svelte.  I'm going to need a shot of her without so many clothes. about one with her just wearing some lingerie and sitting on an ottoman (which, I'm led to believe, might crumble beneath her burly frame)?  Oh, here's one! 

Ok, that settles it.  Ralph Lauren is completely confused as to what the term "plus size" refers to.  They're clearly only applying it to her height and as far as I know, that's not how these things work.  Calling her plus size is clearly a joke.  She's a lot of things and while all of them are attractive, not one of them is plus size.  If everyone out there who was plus size looked like her, Michelle Obama would wet herself at the fabulous shape our fine (but fat) nation has gotten itself into.  But that's not what the plus sized of America are looking like these days.  Have you seen Here Comes Honey Boo Boo?  Now there's some plus size (and then some) for you.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

She is really beautiful for her height. You don't see a lot of woman that tall and beautiful.
I don't know if anyone has noticed, but Maria Sharapova and Robyn Lawley share the same height. Maria Sharapova is not thin, even though she doesn't have a typical athletic body.
But she looks bigger next to any average-size woman. Yet, she is referred to as a Sports Model. Though her size is a bit less in comparison with Lawley.
Robyn Lawley, on the other hand, has a wider frame, with wide shoulders and hips, making her
a size 12 I guess. But that's normal for a 6 ft 2 woman. That's what the fashion industry has failed to understand, apparently, by tagging her as a plus-size model.