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What Is Plus Size?

Crystal Renn

When the average American woman wears a size 14, what should be considered a plus size? Anything over 14 would make sense to me.

When I was a teenager, there were clothing stores called 16 Plus. They carried plus-size fashions. So anything under a size 16 was considered regular.

Now, the most popular plus-size model, Crystal Renn, wears a size 12. How is that a plus size? But because she is not a size zero with her ribs sticking out, she is considered too big to be a real high-fashion model. She has to be in a special category.

The fashion industry needs to wake up.

Read Crystal Renn’s story in this New York Times article. And look at the lovely picture of her above. She doesn’t look plus to me.