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 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 –Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester, reporting by Thailan Pham


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Leah on

Okay, allowing overweight people to have a choice in being able to buy more fashionable clothing is not “encouraging them to be continue to be fat.” Gotta be honest, as a “fat” person myself, I get despressed trying to look nice at my size when I can’t find anything nice to wear. Not being able to find something doesn’t make me want to join weight watches, it makes me want to eat more.

Maybe nice fashions will make heavy people feel better about themselves and they can then start to make moves to getting healthy.

But all you angry-heavy-haters, just keep dumping on people so we can continue to feel bad about ourselves.

Ralf Harse on


My lady is also kind of heavy .

Age it look like is the main problem .
Ralf Harse

Christina on

I think this is a great thing!! I am glad to see big ladies are getting some attention in the fasion world!! I love fashion and it always brings a smile to my face when i know the designers are creating clothes i can wear!!!
And for the record some ladies cant lose the weight its in the genes.. So i know from experience how hard it is!!! So a BIG THANK YOU to the designers!!!!

Sharon on

I’m so glad the “Fashion world” finally gets it!!
There are more women in the world who are above size 12 and for many years, we’ve been discremated against. Listen up, designers, if you start making plus sizes in your clothing lines, YOU WILL HAVE MORE SALES!!!!! It’s just that simple. And don’t just make your designs in black. Plus size women love to dress in beautiful colors.

Ashley on

Theres a new site out for women just in sizes 12, 14 and 16. Just launched on Sunday, check it out, its pretty neat!!

mary on

THANK GOD!!!!! they recognize that there are more then size 2’s in this world!!!!!! It’s about time that everyone gets represented at these fashion shows…. We like clothes too! We wear clothes too and it’s about time they notice we’re here!!! I’m sick of girls that look like they r starving to death it’s not healthy….
and the girls in the pic look AWESOME!!! they’re beautiful on the outside as well as on the inside which u can’t say about many size 0’s or 2’s….

Angie on

T you are so wrong. Its about time that plus size women are recognized are beautiful persons too. Not all women are size 0 to 14. If plus size are more confident in themselves then they may take the plunge to try and lose weight. But when you don’t like what you wear, can’t shop at a store, have people making fun of you and making comments and faces, what incentive do you have?

Bonnie on

Two of them I consider plus sized. The other two are genuinely obese and really need to care for their health more.

Bonnie on

Dawn, you hit the nail on the head!

Yep on

@Leah – right on! Some of you posters need to get off your high horse. You have NO IDEA why any given person is the size he or she is, so try not to judge so harshly. (Like medications for some serious illnesses will cause you to gain an enormous amount of weight.) Keep in mind that anorexia and overeating are the same disease. Not all size 6s are healthy.

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