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Size Six is The New Plus Size

A size six is now being considered plus sized for models. As shocking as that may be to most of us, it may be more shocking when you consider that Christie Brinkley, Paulina Proizkova, and Cindy Crawford all wore a size six at the height of their super model careers in the 1990s, according to PLUS Model magazine’s January edition. It horrifies me to think that my younger cousins might look at Cindy Crawford and think she is plus sized!

The article in PLUS Model magazine also reports that half of today’s women wear a size 14 and above, but most retail stores carry only sizes 14 and smaller. In addition, while in the 1990s, “the average fashion model weighed eight percent less than the average woman. Today she weights 23 percent less” and “most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for anorexia,” according to PLUS Model magazine.

It is no surprise that Judy Scheel, Ph.D., executive director of Cedar Associates is concerned that society is encouraging young girls towards the development of eating disorders in response to this article, most commonly binge eating disorder or bulimia. As parents, we need to realize that no matter what we are modeling for our children, the media is also modeling an ideal body that is unattainable by the majority of the population and making it seem as appealing as possible.

Children take things at face value and must be taught critical thinking. Children look at a beautiful images of a beautiful women and do not recognize that all of these women are a small percentage of the population. What young girls see is women having fun, looking pretty, and being given positive attention. As adults we know that these images have been air brushed and the images are posed. You can limit your child’s exposure to these images by shutting off the television, keeping adult magazines and catalogs (I mean Vogue not Playboy) in adult-only spaces, and avoiding certain billboards. You can focus on positive characteristics other than beauty in women such as intelligence, kindness, creativity, or humor. You can start to teach critical thinking skills to your child by talking about how advertisements are like fantasies. You can identify and affirm all the beautiful characteristics about your little girl.


January 20th, 2012

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I think that there is a hopeful chance that this "downsizing" MIGHT help to curb the obesity problem in this country. Health care costs would PLUMMET if people got thinner!

posted Jan 21st, 2012 4:53 pm


I truly cannot believe that a size SIX is considered plus size! That's horrible. True, I'm a size 3 but come on! I have two friends I can think of at the top of my head who are size six and have amazing figures.

posted Jan 21st, 2012 4:30 pm


One thing not mentioned here is that a size 6 in 2012 is not the same as a size 6 in 1995. Personally speaking, I have maintained a steady weight my whole life (now almost 40) and have always been a solid size 8 . However, now I can fit into 4's and 6's and I swim in 8s. Sizes are getting bigger because Americans are getting
bigger. The real problem is the irresponsibility of the food industry.

posted Jan 21st, 2012 2:27 pm


Half of women are size 14 and up, yet retail stores only sell size 14 and below? Wouldn't that mean they would DOUBLE their sales if retail stores would sell bigger sizes? Talk about a missed opportunity!

posted Jan 21st, 2012 3:38 am


I think it shows something very wrong with our society. We are so focused on being thinner, but it isnt really what is healthier. (I dont know if you saw what I posted a week or so ago, that with BMI, people in the 'Overweight' (24-29) section are the healthiest even more than the 'correct weight' section (18-24). We have made 'naturally slim' the benchmark for everyone. There are correlations in the research that the younger a girl starts to diet, the heavier she can become- and isnt it strange that as the 'acceptable size' gets smaller, women are getting bigger. I really think the fashion industry needs to focus on healthy, normal sized women.

And by that I mean- what you naturally are. Because you can tell when you look at a woman when she is supposed to be that thin, and when she isnt and is starving herself. If we are healthy, you dont see our ribs, or the lumps in our spine- that sort of thing. So many of those women (kiera knightly, etc) dont look line they would be that size if they ate properly.

posted Jan 21st, 2012 2:31 am

Jennifer Knight

I disagree with Lisa--the difference has come from both sides. More women are "heavier" now, but also, models are getting skinnier (for the most part). Look at the difference between the women on "America's Top Model" and the models of the '90's, like Cindy Crawford. The petite models are typically 5'7" and smaller than a size 3. I remember when petite meant short not skinny. Victoria Secret used to known for their models having a little bit of a fuller figure because they marketed toward middle-aged women. Now, even their models are even skinnier than what they used to be.

posted Jan 20th, 2012 9:21 pm


I agree that weight isn't what you judge a person by. However, I think the drastic increase in difference of weight between models and "the average woman" has less to do with the models' weight and more to do with how much the average woman has gained.

posted Jan 20th, 2012 8:26 pm


It's heartbreaking that we're losing sight of what it means to be a healthy woman.

posted Jan 20th, 2012 3:55 pm


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