First-Ever Plus-Size Show Hits N.Y.C. Fashion Week

09/16/2010 at 02:00 PM ET

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It wasn’t all stick-thin models ruling the runways during New York Fashion Week, as curvy stars like Nikki Blonsky, Gabourey Sidibe, model Emme and KayCee Stroh sat front row yesterday to take in the first-ever plus-size show during fashion’s most high-drama week. “This is a milestone in the plus-size community. We’ve never had anything like this,” Blonsky said at the OneStopPlus.com presentation on Wednesday. “To be in New York City Fashion Week, which I think is the biggest fashion week in the world, to be here is just a huge thing for us.” And plus-size model Emme, couldn’t have agreed more: “You have to join forces to make a statement and to be part of a revolution. It’s monumental in its reach,” Emme told PEOPLE, adding, “I think the big statement that’s going to be made with this fashion show is not only going to be made within the full-figured community but I think it’s going to talk to the bottom line of design houses, designers, and business people involved in fashion,” she said. “Why don’t we make clothes above a size 12? Why don’t we load heavier in sizes 14, 16, and 18 in stores? Just change the buying style and let it be curve-friendly in the line.” See all the looks from the runway show at InStyle.com. –Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester, reporting by Thailan Pham

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Denise on

What a great photo! Too bad 3/4 are in black. Big people can wear colour too!

amanda on

I agree Denise. I’m glad to see fashion embracing women with shape finally, but I would love to see more color!

Tam on

I agree, lets see the models in more colors!

toni on

Somebody please teach ‘Precious’ how to work her body. Standing flat-footed, square-on, with your thighs stuck together is never flattering––no matter your dress size but especially not if you’re obese.

Deirdre on

Too bad that all the models use in the show were not plus sized. I am a former plus size gal, and I am happy that designers are starting to “get it”

Theresa Holloway on

I would love to be in a plus size fashion show. Let me know when they need regular people for the fashion show instead of stars.

T on

This is not about being beautiful at any size; of course women are beautiful. This is about obesity denial and encouraging women to remain overweight, unhealthy, and out of shape.

julie on

Ooooh KayCee looks HOT

Dawn on

How about some averge sized models – not plus, not the size 0 or 2’s, but rather the 10, 12 and 14’s. I think that would represent the average American woman so much more. I love how these larger girls are having their say, but they are still not the average.

Jason on

I guess they needed the extra wide lense for this shot ;-)

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