Magazines always try to make a statement. All black issue...blackfaced models...now plus-size as if it's mainstream? Not quite as V magazine presents question over the acceptance of plus-sized models rather than inserting it as the norm.

Crystal Renn, the plus size model in this story, is actually a great model. Here though, she pales in comparison, seeming almost amateur next to standard zero-ish-sized, Jacquelyn Jablonski. The idea was a good one. The execution, not so great.


jeanie annan-lewin said... @ December 23, 2009 at 1:47 PM

i think your being a tad bit harsh i think its more about seeing a plus sized model in cool high fashion editorial rather than making some fake statement.

Samantha Smikle said... @ December 23, 2009 at 7:01 PM

@jeanie annan-lewin: hi love! so glad you were provoked to comment! :)

im actualy saying that they failed to carry their statement through as I believe they intended.

I think an editorial with a plus sized model as a fashion STORY would have been "cool high fashion editorial"

the exact outfits of both models, one skinny (norm) one "plus-sized" forces the reader to compare. making it a statement of...something. no?

Angela said... @ December 23, 2009 at 7:17 PM

umm. as a statement it doesnt work but it's always good to see healthy girls in a magazine and I think the bigger one looks better the skinny girl just looks...sick.


Anonymous said... @ December 25, 2009 at 2:58 PM

I've always been a fan of fuller-figured models. There's a great site with many images of Crystal and other plus-size models here:


They're all gorgeous.

The site's forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.

Christine said... @ December 27, 2009 at 3:55 PM

I actually loved this editorial I thought Crystal looked way better than Jacquelyn in all the shots

and like angela said above the clothes on Jacquelyn don't look flattering because she's so small.

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