Top model – Coco Rocha is outspoken on this topic… the whole subject of plus-size models -- I don't even like a title: petite, short, high fashion or runway. It should all just be in one genre, it's just a model.” "Even when they say 'real women.' I hate that too. We're all real. When someone tells me that I'm not real, I say to them, 'Well, what about me isn't real?' I have not changed my figure. This is who I am. My mom [has this body], this is genetics. So for anyone to be called plus-size, petite or 'not real,' it just frustrates me.”
Thankfully these days modelling is not only about the world catwalks, and there are many other attractive body shapes called on for successful print and television careers. So your gene lotto number could still come up!
If major fashion catwalk shows continue to obsess over wafer thin coat hangers, then let it be and leave it to those who swim in that rare gene pool. You can’t change the healthy natural shape you were given, like Michael Jackson should never have tried to change his skin colour... what was he thinking!
For a size 8-10 trying fit that mould of a thin 6, means unhealthy struggling, fainting, depression and more. Would you like to live off water and a few sticks of celery each day - is walking that catwalk so important?
I will let you in on a fact… aside from a handful of top money earners in each country, most catwalk models do not earn much at all, and often get paid in clothes. It’s ok I suppose, they don’t need to eat anyway, right!
At this point insecurities are also at their peak due to a small binge, zit on your face, or the constant criticism. As top model Cameron Russell said, “a group of models are the most physically insecure people on the planet”.
This reminds me of one occasion when I worked with Lara Bingle wearing a bikini. She refused to show her bum and kept a sarong handy throughout the bikini shoot. Maybe a burger fest the night before or something, but I didn’t notice any issue myself. #overlycritical
So who’s at fault for this tiny dress size dilemma anyway… media portraying images, designers requesting garments to hang, or the public keen on that magazine look? It’s the old chicken or the egg debate which wont change any time soon, but we do care to help the new fragile chicks getting into it.
Let me not discourage those who have won this gene lottery and are still keen - it can be fun, exhausting, glamorous, boring, a struggle and rewarding all in one day.
Whatever your shape, choose the right job to suit, stay healthy and go be amazing with what you’ve got!
- by Dean Marzolla (Industry leading professional)