Heads up Glamour- these women are NOT PLUS SIZES. They just aren’t. They are beautiful women, to be sure. I do not want to degrade them. But don’t be all ‘ohhh love your body whatever size it is’ and then only represent the same old skinny white girls that you usually do. That’s SO FUCKED UP!
There ARE actual fat women -stop using the word curvy. seriously- who read your magazine sometimes, like me, and your ‘exact shape’ things don’t address anyone’s needs. Is anyone JUST busty, or JUST apple shaped? JUST pear shaped? Here, let’s put your body into this little cookie-cutter box and call it diversity, call it size acceptance. As a side note, there are plenty of plus-size models who go up beyond a size 12 so don’t use the ‘there’s a shortage of models’ excuse. Bullshit. Size 12 IS NOT PLUS SIZE!
You can’t get around that! Just can’t! Want to accurately represent plus-sizers? How about a size 24? 28? The actual fat ones.
Instead, you’re being counterproductive with this cover. Why? Fat Acceptance, what we are doing, is NOT popular among American women. Most, no matter what size they are, think that they are fat. So when you put ‘size 12′ on your cover next to a few size 8s in a bikini, the women who wear a size twelve are thinking, ‘I don’t look like that in a bikini. Hell, I don’t look that good at all.’
And they continue comparing THEIR body to these three bikini clad white girls. (Wouldn’t hurt ya to do some racial diversity, either.) I know, I know, here I am expecting a fashion magazine to cater to fat people? Nah. Not just any fashion magazine. This one has had the whole ‘love your body’ thing going for a while now. Although, I will admit, when they interviewed America Ferrera as the representation of curvy(read:fat) women in Hollywood, I was smiling when America was like…’Umm..I’m a size seven.’
She used to be beautifully fat (she still is beautiful, but I preferred her when she was fat.) But this magazine is putting itself out there when it talks about accepting your body. It appears, however, that the only bodies anyone in Glamour is really talking about accepting, are the one that look like the women on the cover. And that isn’t size acceptance.