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Do You Consider a Size 8 To Be Plus Sized?

Posted by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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'Plus-Size' Models Now Sell Clothes to Woman Who Are as Small as Size 8

by Deborah Cruz

plus sized swimsuitThis week, Robyn Lawley, gorgeous 24-year-old Australian model, launched a plus-sized swimsuit line. Oh, and by the way, this “plus-sized” line starts at size 8. Go ahead and wrap your brain around that for a minute.

The average American woman is a size 14 so it would stand to reason that anything over that size would be considered plus sized. But it is standard practice that any model over a size 6 be considered plus sized in the fashion industry. To make matters even worse, those size 6 women often model what is supposed to be size 14’s for plus-sized shoots. So how does this all match up? It doesn’t.

Experts says that twenty years ago, the average model was eight percent smaller than the average American woman -but today, models are 23 percent tinier than the rest of us.

I’ve always wondered why clothing in a size 14 on the model never fits a real size 14 like it does in the ads. Now, I know it’s because it’s not a size 14 wearing the size 14. This is a dangerous and slippery slope we are on with women’s body image. If we try to live up to that standard, we just might find ourselves malnourished, in the throes of a nasty eating disorder or dead.

Robin Lawley is marketing her swimsuit line as plus-sized because that is what the fashion industry has taught her plus-sized is. By the way, Robin Lawley is 6’2” and wears a size 12, which by any rational standards is nowhere near plus-sized. She is tall, statuesque and beautiful but even she has been brainwashed into thinking she is plus sized.

We wonder why women fat talk as a national pastime, have such distorted body images. We wonder why 1 in 5 women suffer from eating disorders or disordered eating. Maybe it has something to do with this new trend of labeling perfectly healthy women as plus-sized.

Do you consider a size 8 plus sized?

by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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RunningMommaof2
by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Heck no!
carterjacksmom
by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 1:02 PM

 That's my goal size!  So no!!

rockinmomto2
by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

An 8, in the REAL world, is not plus size. It's normal, average, standard. Plus size is anything that's not sold in mainstream stores (generally a 14 or larger is considered plus size). It's ridiculous to think that a size 8 woman is plus size.

ReadWriteLuv
by Casey on Jul. 17, 2013 at 1:08 PM
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I don't trust sizes, honestly. It's so bizarre and fascinating to me how two people can both be a 6,8,10,12 whatever but have completely different body shapes and look so polar opposite.

That would make an interesting post for here in this group, to keep people's expectations realistic or motivate them. Post a pic and state your size, so you can see what different weights and sizes look like on people depending on their height and body type.

I'm a size 8, but when I look at other people posting pictures of themselves in a size 8 I'm always baffled at how different we look.
4puddintaters
by Bronze Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 1:59 PM
Lol I am a comfortable size 7/8 even a 9/10 some days. I am 5'4 and fluctuate between 115 and 120 pds. Go figure.
M4LG5
by Bronze Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Mine too!

In fact, I don't even want to be a size 2 or 4.  6 would be great but 8 seems to be a good look for me.  It's been awhile since I've been a size 8 (i'm currently a 12) but I remember feeling happy about myself when i was a size 8...not too big, not too small.....athletic looking.  KWIM?

Quoting carterjacksmom:

 That's my goal size!  So no!!


je80ss
by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 2:14 PM
Junior sizes in my store go up to xl and size 15, misses up to xl and 16 and womens sizes start at 16w up to i think 22w, we also carry up to 3x. I work in an average department store.
charlotsomtimes
by Gold Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM

NO

I think it's sad and sends awful messages about what an acceptable size is

N_maricle
by Bronze Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I think it's fine that it starts at size eight. I'm sure the suits have more coverage. if you've got stretch marks and loose skin from pregency you want that covered even if you are a size 8. It's either a stylish tiny string Bikini with no boob support or coverage, or something that looks like its made for a 50 year old.this line seems like there are fashion forward prints and styles.

LalasMommy1125
by Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 2:48 PM

This! I can wear a 8. 10, or 12 all depending on where I am buying it. I try not to worry about size because I think that the sizing charts for women clothing are all arbitrary numbers. At least with men they measure their waist and their leg length...bam! a size! with us its so different and its just another way to affect self esteem when you get wrapped up in the size of your clothes in my opinion.


Quoting ReadWriteLuv:

I don't trust sizes, honestly. It's so bizarre and fascinating to me how two people can both be a 6,8,10,12 whatever but have completely different body shapes and look so polar opposite.

That would make an interesting post for here in this group, to keep people's expectations realistic or motivate them. Post a pic and state your size, so you can see what different weights and sizes look like on people depending on their height and body type.

I'm a size 8, but when I look at other people posting pictures of themselves in a size 8 I'm always baffled at how different we look.



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