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".