something hipsters and glamour magazine can agree on

crystal renn in the april 2004 isssue of vogue

Ada, I love a fashion palette cleanser totally agree that the good news here is that that Karl Lagerfeld—a big-name designer and photographer—is deigning to take pictures of a body outside the norm. Um, I mean: totally the norm, just not in the fashion world.

In an interview about plus-size model Crystal Renn, I said that I thought the real barrier to getting different kinds of bodies in fashion magazines is disagreeable stylists and photographers, who complain that anyone not a size zero messes up their pictures. So in that sense, the V Size Issue is a victory.

And though I agree that it’s Not the Revolution, having a hipster mag do this still makes a statement, especially since it’s happening at a moment when magazines like Glamour and Vogue are doing the same thing, and at the same time as tons of hipstery fashion blogs and tumblrs are showing girls and women of all sizes.

Because, as we discussed the other day, it wasn’t just skinny girls falling out of their exposed bras and slips-worn-as skirts in the 90s. Maybe it took 15 years and a recession for the idea that women of different sizes are sexy (in fact, even think they are sexy) to start to trickle down the mainstream but…I’ll take it.

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2 responses to “something hipsters and glamour magazine can agree on

  1. Meredith

    I’ve always been a fan of fuller-figured models. There’s a great site with many images of Crystal and other plus-size models here:

    http://www.judgmentofparis.com/

    They’re all gorgeous.

    The site’s forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.

  2. I feel about it like I feel about “women in rock” issues of magazines. It’s great to see the subjects covered, but it’s tokenization. It doesn’t mean a thing if they aren’t integrated into regular coverage. It’s still marginalization as the “other,” still Second Sex stuff. Also, I find the poses and styling of the women to be very traditional aside from their weight. They’re not celebrating their size the way Beth Ditto does, loud and proud. That said, they’re a lot of fun to look at.

    Congrats on the blog; I just blogged about you: http://www.mamaramabook.com/blog/.

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