Plus size at Prada?

What: Prada featured a “plus size” (who was more “average” sized than plus) on the runway during Milan’s fashion week

What the fashion heads say:
From The Daily Telegraph:

The back-to-nature collection was apparently inspired by the German art nouveau movement, in which straight lines were eschewed in favour of a more rounded look.

What I say: Kudos to Prada for including an averaged sized model as an actual part of the show, rather than a gimmick to get people talking. There’s this serious misconception that clothes hang better on ultra thin women (not true…).

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  1. Lynn says

    I agree, Dana. If she were walking down the street, she’d be considered thin. I can’t even call her “average” since most average women I see are, sadly, bordering on obese.

  2. lisa says

    I am really surprised at Prada. I remember reading an article and seeing a quote from Prada saying that she does not make clothes above a size 10, because she thinks they look hideous on people above a size 10.

    So I am really surprised she put a more healthy looking woman in her show.

    If you read on in the article. I really like what the author said, Models have their role in society and it becomes a problem when people compare themselves to them.

    I think she hit it right on the nose. As women we need to stop comparing ourselves to other women and start becoming inspired to better ourselves from other women.

    But, I am still boycotting Prada for that comment.

  3. says

    yes, good for them for putting an actual woman on the runway. we do look quite nice is high fashion.
    shame on them for calling her plus size. looking female should not be earmarked as an abnormality in the fashion world.
    ::steps off soapbox::

  4. Heather says

    Honestly,  she looks smaller than even an 8.  Crazy!  The clothes fall beautifully on her.  Much better than a stick figure model with a boys body.

  5. Amy says

    Props to Prada for at least heading in the right direction. The model is clearly not a true plus size, however, she could have used a bra. Note the gapping @ the bust.

  6. says

    She’s only a little bit bigger than the typical 1980s/1990s supermodel, who all measured around 34-24-34.  And we all thought those girls were on the thin side back then.

  7. Yvonne says

    Sure wish those designing for Target would take this hint and add Plus Sizes to their great lines.  I love that there are wonderful items by designers at Target…but at a size 1x it just ain’t happening for me.

  8. Allison says

    While I agree that the women they show as “plus size” are really more like just average sized, I think it’s a step in the right direction.  The less freakishly skinny models being thrown in our faces, the better.  We need an accurate representation of women of all sizes.

  9. Kathleen says

    Clearly, the high fashion world is not in tune with normal people if they consider that woman to be “plus sized.”  I agree with other people that she is more of an average size.  No wonder so many women (and men now too) have issues with their body image and self-esteem.

  10. Marybeth says

    Oh my god. If the designers don’t want their clothes to compete with a woman’s curves why don’t they just use skinny mannequins on a conveyor belt? I’m serious. Why hasn’t fashion evolved past human models if they want them to look so unhumanlike? And if they want us to see the “float” of the fabric or some such nonsense, bring in a huge portable fan to blow at the mannequins.

  11. Rachel says

    I would guess she’s a big 4 maybe a 6. Plus sized she is not. She’s not even average, average would be a 12. However, it is nice to see a model come down the runway that I don’t fear will collapse halfway through the show.

  12. Katarina says

    what the hell?!?!?!? she’s no were near “plus size” if that is what you call “plus size” then the fashion world is nuts!  what is she? like a size 10 or something?

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