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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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Anne on

Those ladies weren’t the models in the show they were in attendance.

Also you need to realize that obesity is based on body mass content so it’s a derived from a formula comparing fat content to Muscle and overall body make up. I could be a size 12 and be considered obese if the fat ratio is greater than the muscle. Also extreme belly fat is a high risk faster for developing a number of diseases. Healthy lifestyles need to be taught and encouraged.

I’m all for healthy girls being in shows and I feel a plus size which in the modeling world is about 8-10 would show a healthier picture

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Remegia on

I think that some of the comments posted on here are sick and degrading. I am a plus size person and some days no I am not happy, but think of what a boring world this would be if we were all created to be the same size. Grow up people and get a life I am happy that they are putting being bigger in the spot light now we dont have to go hide like the hunchback of notre dame! Keep up the good work designers.

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bella1 on

Get off your high horses average and thin people, more people that are your size die of heart attacks a day. More overweight people get diabetes, but it is also in there family weather you are plus size or average or thin you might already have it. In my family on my father side; all have it and 80 percent are thin. Do you know before Twiggy the models size was average Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch, and many others; also look at the art, sculptures, as well as photographs. Thin was unhealthy to people and some countries it is still to this day like that; they force feed there children. Here in America we think it is wrong to be plus size, but most are plus size. I am and I have a clean bill of health and I do not eat fast food or junk food, drink, do drugs, smoke, I eat healthy food. I exercise 2 hrs a day, but low Metabolism it runs on my mother’s side. I eat fruits, veggies, chicken, fish, pork, water, cereal with 1 cup of 1% milk a day. No bread, pasta, beef, cheese, butter, soda and still not much weight loss. So don’t blame eating junk food or bad foods for people to gain weight or not enough exercise a day because that is not always the case.

melissa on

bella1, you may be healthy but you sure sound defensive. that, and many of your points are emotional and petty rather than valid and sound.

You said”Do you know before Twiggy the models size was average Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Raquel Welch,” Well yes.. they look great! But if you look at the measurements, they were still very slender in build.

You said”;also look at the art, sculptures, as well as photographs.” right. but that’s not real life or real women. that’s fantasy. not reality.

You said” Thin was unhealthy to people and some countries it is still to this day like that; they force feed there children. ” Uh.. how is this a good argument? many of those places are third world countries without real education on medical issues.

You said” Here in America we think it is wrong to be plus size, but most are plus size.” Do you know how to use logic? Just because most people ARE plus sized doesn’t mean it’s right to be plus sized in all instances. Jeeze, I can’t believe I have to point that out.

No one here is saying all plus sized people make unhealthy choices. Liufe is not dictated by absolutes, but lets face it, many many many–if not most plus sized people need to eat less (or healthier) and move more. It’s an epidemic and you’d be delusional to dismiss it. That is AWESOME that you live healthily, but let’s face it, only one of the women in that photo (Emme) is healthy. There is real proof about the dangers of having a larger waist size.

melissa on

I totally understand, for an overweight woman, how it’d be a frustrating experience to shop for clothing, but the fact is, when you’re over weight (I’m not talking about a little extra) no clothes are going to look right on the body. There are only so many darts and seams that can be put into clothes which are more flattering on a heavier woman–and those clothes are going to be pricier because they’re more labor intensive to make. High fashion uses too-skinny models (I’m not saying this is okay) because they don’t have to take a shape fitting into those clothes into account High fashion, sadly isn’t about women, it’s about fashion as an art.
I will say it’d be nice to see women sizes 4-12 on the runway–then again why are there only tall women ont he runway? I see that as the bigger issue. Most women aren’t that tall! The average in the US is 5’4″. And WHY oh WHY are the plus sized girlies being mean to the skinny girls? Not all skinny girls are anorexic nor are they all bashing you! You don’t like how it feels so why would you do the same thing? Treat others how you’d like to be treated! We’re supposed to stick together!! No one likes being made fun of. Women of all body shapes should consider that before opening their mouths and blasting someone.

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