Forget "Plus-Size"—Curve Models Are Embracing a More Body Positive Label
In between size zero and plus-size, there's a whole range of sizes not being represented in the fashion industry. Curve models are out to change that
Women come in more shapes and sizes than "big" and "small"-and it seems like the fashion industry is finally catching on.
"Curve" models, simply put, are ladies with butts and boobs and hips. Of course, it's not that catwalk or plus-size models don't have those things, but this trend seems to simply acknowledge that we're all proportioned differently. And we're loving it-particularly because athletic women, with our muscular quads and glutes and delts, have long been underrepresented in fashion. (And meet the Plus-Sized Models Changing the Fashion World.)
Now, the industry is reaffirming what we've known for years: Curves-whether genetic or the product of a gym habit-are beautiful, fashionable, and feminine. Although curve models can be any size, they typically aren't catwalk-thin or plus-size. Instead, they represent that in-between space that most of us, especially those of us who work out, inhabit.
"My body will never be a size zero. And there are so many people out there just like me, and right now the curve industry is just blowing up because people are realizing curve models are cool, and most people are not that skinny," Jordyn Woods, a curve model, said in an interview with Teen Vogue.
"The term 'plus-size' is so inaccurate. I'm not plus-size, I have never bought an article of clothing that was plus-size," said fellow curve model Barbie Ferreira in an interview with i-D. Yet the "queen of in-between" also acknowledges that it can be hard to find clothing in straight sizes too. The struggle is real, as any athletic woman who's ever tried to find a button down shirt to fit over their muscular shoulders can attest. And we deserve quality, cute clothing to fit those gorgeous curves! (Here's why Model Iskra Lawrence Wants You to Stop Calling Her Plus-Size.)
The curve movement is asking some important questions: Why do clothing manufacturers assume that a thin body is a curveless one? Or that a curvy body can only curve in one way? Or that plus-size women don't have muscles?
We want answers! Even though we love the athleisure trend, we still don't think we should be sentenced to tunic tees and leggings for the rest of our lives in order to accommodate our strong and sexy curves. There's no word yet on a fashion line made specifically for curvaceous women, but we'll be the first in line when it happens. (Please someone make this happen!) (In the meantime, these Sportswear Brands Do Plus-Size Right.)