Two weeks ago, we were openly critical of Terry Richardson’s photo shoot of “plus-sized” models for V magazine’s Size Issue, saying that the skinny plus-sized model in the “Who Wears It Better” spread just proved that “even the term ‘plus-size’ doesn’t really apply to most women in America.”
Well, we spoke too soon. V has released more photos from its size issue, and this new crop of five models incorporate sexiness into a larger frame, something that’s rarely been done with success in the fashion world.
But will the issue drive sales? Here’s at least one: Meghan McCain wrote on her Twitter yesterday, “As a plus sized girl myself, I appreciate a magazine showing that sexy women aren’t just size 0’s. I am def buying this issue of V Magazine.” And there has been an outpouring of well-wishes from the likes of Jezebel and Just Jared, two not-necessarily-fashion-mag-friendly blogs.
So does this count as a coup against fashion’s skinny regime? Not necessarily. Much like the Glamour‘s spread last year, some critics have pointed out that “plus-sized” automatically means “mostly naked” to fashion photographers, and it’s true that the V spread did incorporate nude/topless photos into its shoot. Then again, isn’t fashion 90 percent about what you’re not wearing? From Calvin Klein to Annie Leibovitz, the fashion world has always been saturated with a controversial stance of objectifying women’s bodies. Incorporating models who more accurately represent the sizes of American women doesn’t change that, it just helps us to redefine “sexy.” And it’s about time we did.
More pictures from the upcoming issue of V, after the jump.
Read More: V Magazine Preview –Models.com
Curves Ahead In V Magazine — Just Jared
(Photos courtesy of Models.com and V Magazine)