What Makes A Real Plus Size Woman?

I have spoken about my hatred of the term 'real women' before and I have no doubt that it is a subject that will come up again! However, what I hadn't really come across until this morning was women campaigning for 'real plus size women'....  Is there even such a thing?

I woke up to the (in my opinion) exciting news that Yours Clothing are working with Hayley Hasselhoff and that she is to be the face of their summer campaign! I am a sucker for a pretty girl in a pretty dress so this was quite exciting to me! I saw Hayley at British Plus Size Fashion Weekend and she is stunning!

I wandered over to the Yours Clothing Facebook page for a bit of a nosey and I was really surprised at how much negativity there was surrounding Yours Clothings announcement. Many women were claiming that Hayley was 'too small' to represent them and that Yours Clothing should have chosen a 'real plus size woman' as the face of their summer collection.

It is easy to get carried away with the need to see clothes on bodies that we feel represent us, but we have to remember that bodies and clothing are not a one size fits all state of affairs! Yes, I would love to see size 28 models showing off clothes, but that means that everyone who isn't that size misses out! Even someone who is a size 28 could have a different body shape to me - the truth is that you're never going to get a true representation. The truth is that Hayley, as a size 16 young lady is part of Yours Clothing's target market - they offer fast fashion for sizes 14+ and so she is the size of their customers, even if you feel that her body doesn't reflect yours.

What is also important to remember is that size 16 girls want to see how clothes look on their body too, or at least as close as you can get it to! It's fab that places like Yours Clothing use bigger models and plus size bloggers to showcase their clothing and show it off on different bodies, but we have to remember the smaller end of plus size too!

I have seen posts on Yours Clothings Facebook shooting down women for being too big, too bold, promoting obesity and now not plus size enough! Let's face facts here, plus size means different things to different people. Someone at a size 16 is going to look a lot smaller than me, but a lot bigger than my sister. 

However, if someone shops at a plus size store (even if not all the time) and wants to label themselves as plus size - they're all just as real as anyone else and their need for representation in the plus size industry is just as relevant! I would love to see the day when we stop shooting each other down in flames - none of us are too small, too big, too short, too fat, too thin, too tall or too anything - we are exactly enough and that's all we need!

For some people I am too plus size and for others Hayley is not plus size enough - where do you draw the line!?

I personally love the shots put out of the summer collection so far and would love to see more!

What do you think?

Debz x

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  1. I am thrilled that she's the face of their summer campaign, not that I know much about her as a celebrity, but because I really like her look. As a pale-skinned redhead, it's nice to see models with a softer, sweeter look that align with my own style. I really like how they've styled her in romantic pieces, and seeing how she looks in that first dress just earned it a spot on my wishlist. I agree that if Hayley fits their clothing, why isn't she a prime candidate for modeling them? Plenty of "plus size" models don't wear the sizes they model, and it takes loads of pinning and smart camera angles to make the fit look right. At least Hayley truly fits the clothing, and her look represents the collection really well. I love feminine, romantic style, so I love their new summer lookbook!

    <3 Liz

  2. Perfectly put gorgeous lady! Xxx

  3. I'm not surprised that people were bothered by Hayley being the model, as Hayley is a gorgeous and stunning looking girl, who 99 % of people would look at and not think of as plus size. She may be classed as plus size for a model, as let's face it anything over a size 10 is big in modeling terms, yet in terms of plus size women, she isn't relateable to the plus size customers who shop with Yours.
    Hayley is not fat, she does not have rolls of flesh that the majority of plus size women have and looks perfect in everything she wears. Most customers of Yours do not find that this reflects them and would like to see a model of a bigger size. Hayley could shop at practically any regular store, she isn't confined to plus size ranges and even the fat haters do not seem to think she is fat!

    1. I do see what you are saying and yes, Hayley has a body that is different to lots of Yours Clothing customers. However, she is relatable to some of their customers being a size 16 , even if not all of them. I can understand if people want to see someone that relates to them personally but we have to remember that the size 16 girls want that too! xx

  4. I'm with Nancy - perfectly put you lovely person. Haven't we all got enough on without begrudging those women who are bigger or smaller than us but who still fall within the plus size category...?

    Every single person out there has something, be it physical or mental that prevents them from looking/dressing the same as everyone else THANK GOODNESS. I find so many different things aesthetically pleasing and when I want to see different body shapes in clothes, I turn to blogs as my first port of call.

    I turned away from magazines long ago and very rarely see adverts as a result of this but Hayley IS freaking gorgeous and whether you believe her to be "big enough" or not, is certainly showing some diversity from the adverts I was used to.

    If you want to see a change-a-coming, acknowledge that mainstream marketing will generally feature unfeasibly beautiful people but if we all stay loyal to the blogs we love and blow that big girl trumpet, soon there'll be no reason to ever see another mainstream advert again. (Unless you want to e.g. Anything featuring Scarlet Johansson....) x

  5. Personally Yours Clothing is my least favourite of all the plus size social media sites, despite me LOVING the website and products. Some of the comments on the Yours site really fly close to the knuckle. I know moderating isn't an obligation on the part of Yours, but some of the people on there can get veer towards being abusive rather than just opinionated.

    Plus size is plus size as far as I'm concerned - be that size 16 or size 36! As long as someone is wearing the clothes for me to look at, I don't really mind who. x

  6. Thumbs up! Being a model or a plus size model isn't an easy stuff. You have to accept and ignore the gossips. I have read about Hayley at http://goo.gl/pPjH6r. She is an inspiration to every women to love their bodies. No lines needed!