Since when in a size ten considered plus size? Apparently if you’re Refinery 29 it is. A size ten is NOT plus size. A size ten is NOT fat. A size ten is SMALLER than the national average, which is a fourteen.
In 2009, V Magazine had a spread featuring a “traditional” model, Jacquelyn Jabonski (a US size 2), and a “plus sized” model, Crystal Renn (a US size 12), wearing the same outfits and striking nearly identical poses. Crystal is considered plus sized in the modeling world, but in the real world she’s about a size 12, which is not plus size.
Honestly, I think both models look fabulous is these outfits.
Who in their right mind would call Crystal Renn plus sized?
Here’s the thing that really set me off with this tweet. We have enough issues with body image as is. Why does a highly-followed site need to help us feed that green-eyed monster we call jealousy and the insecurity we all feel? Why does this site think it’s OK to promote that size ten is plus sized? Because we let them.
We let Refinery 29 say that because we’re don’t tell them not to. Shortly after this tweet went out, and myself and others were responding to them and letting them know it wasn’t OK to call size ten women plus size, they did respond to a few people saying, “sorry if we offended! Unfort, flash sale sites often don’t go over sz10–we’re celebrating a site that does!”
But here’s the thing- they missed the point ENTIRELY, which is that size ten (and up to a size 20) is not considered plus size. Do they realize that plus size starts at size 22? Apparently not, or they wouldn’t be telling us to celebrate a site that sells size ten+ clothing, because we’re all “plus size.”
Maybe I’m getting my panties get in a bunch over a stupid tweet, but I don’t care. I don’t need some random person working for Refinery 29 to make me feel bad because I wear a size 8/10. Yeah, that’s right. I’ll tell you what size I wear. And guess what Refinery 29? I am NOT plus size even though you seem to think I am. I can buy my clothes in the same “normal” store that you can. Maybe you should think before you tweet. Showing your true colors with an offensive tweet like this just proves to us what we should have known: You -and the fashion industry- really do think people wider than a twig are fat and therefore “special.”
And not in a good way.
EDIT: Thanks for all the comments guys! I really want to clarify that I’m more or less taking on the choice of verbiage more so than Refinery 29. I love that there is now a site catering to flash sale for women size ten and up (see that wording Refinery? THATS how you should’ve worded your tweet).
I think plus size is a stupid label the fashion industry puts on women they don’t know how to dress, because they’re not stick thin and hanger-like. I think it’s stupid that we, as women, have to be put into categories we may or may not agree with because some designer needs to decide how to label their clothes. It’s just stupid. I love how I look, I love my body. Plus size, minus size, regular size- label me what you want, but I’m not going to label myself. I am Suze, not a pant size, shoes size, gender or ethnicity.