In a 93-year-old Atlantic article, the author tells us that "all the beauty-parlor pummeling ... is obsolete, for obesity has come into its own."
Earlier this week, Emme Aronson, the size 14 model perhaps best known for her time as Revlon's spokeswoman, spoke out against formerly full-figured fashionistas who have slimmed down in recent years. "It's a personal decision, but I wonder if it is self-motivated or caused by pressure from the outside," Aronson told RadarOnline.com. "Sophie," Aronson said, referring to model Sophie Dahl, who has quickly dropped from a size 16 to a size 10, "was absolutely gorgeous with her curves, it was a vision. She was beautiful and it was desirable to see her like that."
Aronson's comments made a splash, perhaps because of her stature in modeling circles, but she's just the latest in a string of pro-plus advocates to take a stand against skinny. In an eight-page spread for PLUS Model Magazine, Katya Zharkova shed her clothes to make a statement. Posing nude alongside and above controversial captions -- "Most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia," "Twenty years ago the average fashion model weights eight percent less than the average woman; today she weighs 23 percent less" -- Zharkova grins for and works the camera. Until the fifth page of the spread. There, Zharkova is shown embracing another model, one who might look like your standard runway girl in her own spread but here appears to be nothing short of malnourished.