Are Skinny Skinny Women Really More Beautiful than Plus-Size Women?

by Uche Onegeria 13 Dec , 2016  

This story trended online last week and is based on the campaign where “plus-size women re-created a bunch of ads to prove the fashion industry wrong”. Of course, it caught my attention.

Since the beginning of time, twig-figured women have graced our magazines, runways and television screens. Somehow, they have become the standard of beauty all over the world. Even the African society which initially embraced fattening houses and promoted full-figured women have also ditched their own standard for the waify body frames.

Which begs the question, “are skinny women really more beautiful than fatter women?” Is beauty a factor of one’s body mass? I mean, I have heard that beauty is skin deep. Beauty is in the hair (a woman’s hair is her crowning glory) but I am yet to hear any beauty stereotype attributed to body size. So why do 99% of our fashion houses only design for skinny women and also adamantly use skinny models even when the general population is a blend of various body sizes?

(L-R) Clémentine Desseaux, Jennie Runk, Philomena Kwao and Paloma Elsesser. Credit Isak Tiner for The New York Times


Gigi Hadid vs. Kristin (Tommy Hilfiger fall 2016 ad)
Tommy Hilfiger fall 2016 ad with Gigi Hadid
Mikael Jansson / Tommy Hilfiger / Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

Abbey Lee Kershaw vs Kelsey Rose (Agent Provocateur fall 2016 ad)
Agent Provocateur fall 2016 ad with Abbey Lee Kershaw
Mario Sorrenti / Agent Provocateur / Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

 Jourdan Dunn vs Danica (Kate Spade spring 2016 ad)
Kate Spade spring 2016 ad with Jourdan Dunn
Emma Summerton / Kate Spade / Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

Kendall Jenner vs Kyeshia (Calvin Klein spring 2016 ad)
Calvin Klein spring 2016 ad with Kendall Jenner
Tyrone Lebon / Calvin Klein / Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

May and Ruth Bell vs Sheridan and Jazzmyne (Burberry spring 2016 ad)
Burberry spring 2016 ad with May and Ruth Bell
Mario Testino / Burberry / Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed
Brandon Maxwell fall 2016 ad with Herieth Paul, Leila Nda, Maria Borges, Riley Montana, Ophelie Guillermand, and Blanca Padilla

Brandon Maxwell / Macey J. Foronda / Charlotte Gomez / BuzzFeed

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