A Perfect 14

Whether you prefer the term plus size or fiercely real or curvy or just plain large, we all know what you mean. The average size of the American woman is getting larger as time goes on, but the fashion industry is still stuck in the view that a size 2 is the ideal for women's clothing. Nowadays it feels like the industry has received more criticism for this than for any other controversial topic (faux vs. real fur, cultural appropriation, etc.). There is a greater demand for cute, trendy, and sexy plus sized clothing and a desire to see women with more common silhouettes on the runway, not just board-straight size 2's. And while the fashion industry is certainly taking steps to recognize these demands with the introduction of more brands in larger sizes and newer plus sized only brands, the modeling industry is still stuck in a tough spot.

The modeling industry is based entirely on looks, although a model's walk and photogenic nature do come into play. If a designer wants girls with dark skin and natural hair, then no other look will do. So while plus sized models are finding more work than ever before, the pressure on these girls to maintain their perfect size 14 bodies is enormous. Plus sized models are expected to have sizable breasts, smooth hips, flat stomachs, and flawless faces. Not just any pretty, size 14 girl will do. These are just some of the issues discussed in Giovanna Morales Vargas and James Earl O'Brien's new film "A Perfect 14".

image taken from aPerfect14.com

image taken from aPerfect14.com

In "A Perfect 14", various industry personalities discuss the changes they hope to see in the way the fashion industry projects beauty and why the current projection is the way it is. Some of the interviewees essentially say to accept the way the industry is now and that it is easier to teach women to love themselves despite not looking like those they see in a magazine, because the industry is unlikely to ever change. Most of the people interviewed, however, think it's not only possible but imperative that the fashion industry offer more versions of beauty, instead of continuously promoting just the one image.

The documentary is still in production and is accepting donations on the website aPerfect14.com. Check out the video promo below, as well as the website, to find out more about this game changing documentary and the many ways in which the fashion industry should expect to see change.