Over the past few years it has become a trend in mainstream magazine culture to do feature issues on different fashion “minorities”. Vogue Italia has given us the insanely popular “Black Issue” while Elle, Vogue and V magazines have done issues centered entirely around body shape.
This month the June issue of Vogue Italia launched to a frenzy of plus size excitement. It's cover featured three plus size beauties, Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley in a rather sexy pose, showing that yes, curves are indeed quite beautiful.
The editorial is quite sultry and gorgeous. These women really do know how to model like the rest of em! Take a look at some photos and a behind the scenes video from the shoot (but be warned, there is some nudity) on the Vogue Italia website.
These issues are usually so wildly successful that I have to wonder, why are we only doing it once a year? If there is an obvious demand to see different colors and sizes in the glossy pages of these magazines, how do publishers continue to ignore it? How do we as readers show how much we want it in every issue of every magazine?!
When it comes down to it, this is an issue of normalizing beauty in every shade and size that it comes in. We can't win if all we do is relegate one month of the year to “other” beauties. Imagine seeing Tara Lynn in the same editorial as Crystal Renn and Lara Stone. Does clothing look all that different on any one of these women?
I'm not entirely sure how to change the way that beauty is portrayed in our media, but I suppose it's a start when popular magazines admit that plus size models are just as good as their straight size counterparts. But it's definitely not enough. Is there a way to change this from the ground up? Do we write letters? Buy massive amounts of issues when they do come out?
Who can I talk to to get some more curves in this place?!
Amalia Nicholson is a plus-size blogger, fashion enthusiast and advocate of beauty at every size. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where runs her personal style blog, Double Vision.