Elle entered into dangerous territory when the publication profiled model Myla Dalbesio and categorized her as”plus-size.” Despite being a size 10 — which is considered plus-sized in the modeling world, Dalbesio is successfully gaining traction and just recently booked a high-profile Calvin Klein lingerie campaign.
Booking an underwear campaign for such an iconic brand would be a coup for any model. But it’s especially notable for Dalbesio, who’s what the fashion industry would—still, surprisingly—call “plus size.” (At a size 10, she’s bigger than Lara Stone, Jourdan Dunn, and Ji Hye Park, the other models featured in the campaign.)
“It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl,” Dalbesio says. “I’m not the biggest girl on the market but I’m definitely bigger than all the girls [Calvin Klein] has ever worked with, so that is really intimidating.”
— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) November 7, 2014
Of course this created quite a ruckus in the world of social media – particularly Twitter, as users chimed in on what they considered gross misinformation or should we say calculation. The overwhelming sentiment seemed to be that a size 10 certainly doesn’t qualify as plus-sized. In the real world that is accurate but the fashion industry operates within its own makeshift parameters, and this sort of excludes any resemblance to reason. So in other words their view of things won’t make much sense to anyone who is not privy to the blueprint.
That being said, Elle basically took a beating for taking their cue from the bible of fashion even though according to those standards they were accurate in their assessment.
Vogue decided to oblige the critics by unleashing a sideshow appropriately titled: “The Best Lingerie Comes in All Sizes,” and as expected it features models who are not typically represented in this genre because of their healthy forms. Obviously looking to capitalize on Elle’s bad judgment call, Vogue wants to prove that they totally get the nonsensical factor of labeling a size 10 model “plus-sized”.
They succeeded in their quest of showcasing a diverse range of sizes but the ethnic component still needs a lot of work – and that goes across the board.