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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Valarie on

Finally! I have been joking with my husband when we go to stores and I see stuff I want (especially my favorite teams apparel) and I can’t get in my size that I am going to start suing because of discrimnation against big people! We want cute clothes too!

Joseph on

Holy cows!

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Benilde on

Most women do not wear a size 0 nor a size 20 and up. Both are actually unhealthy. Why are the two extremes the only ones that run on the most famous catwalk?
It is a shame that we let others decide what is beautiful instead of finding it within ourselves.

Candace on

I am a plus size girl and I have to admit that none of these ladies look good in what they are wearing. They look fat, not flattering at all! Thats the problem with plus size clothes, they barely fit right and they make you look heavier than you are.

JR on

Good grief, is there ever a middle ground? Either stick thin or overweight (though I don’t consider Emme overweight at all) – why can’t they simply use a significant number of women sporting size 10 & 12 outfits??? Then we can consider styles that actually WORK on our size 10- or 12-sized bodies. The dresses modeled by size 0 models simply don’t work on a size 10 or 12 frame…
Newsflash: there is a significant number of women in the world who aren’t built like little boys – nor are they built like Grimace, thankyouverymuch.

Rachel on

I wish that we could see some more healthy women on the runways. Not just stick-thin and obese!

shay on

I agree with What? Having been a former size 12, and now a size 4, I feel and look so much better and I’m HEALTHIER! And people could not even believe me when I told them I was a size 12 because I carried it well having an hourglass figure but at only 5’2, it was not healthy for me.
Having always been a size 6, after two children the weight just never fully went away because I wasn’t doing what I should have.
What did it take to get down to my current size?

A LOT of hard work at the gym and a changing the way I eat. I’m not smaller than I was even in high school even after two children. It can be done people, you just have to WANT it badly enough. I will NEVER go back to being larger again. Exercise and eating healthy are so much a part of my life now again.

I’m not agreeing that everyone should look like models but I don’t think we should promote anyone to be obese or not their ideal weight. I’m tired of paying taxpayer dollars for someone’s else’s neglect to their own body whether it being from being obese, smoking, etc.
Either get healthy or pay super high insurance premiums and stop using MY taxpayer dollars and stop making MY insurance premiums go up!

beth on

Finally the NYC fashion crowd acknowledges that there are bigger ladies out there! How about those above size 18 – they wear clothes, too! And heaven knows they need something stylish – not just some “tent” looking dress or top but something that is truly flattering. Someone needs to reognize that there are bigger women out there!

Diane on

I hope that those who think plus size fashion as a denial also agree that the traditional sizes in the fashion world also projected an unhealthy image and denial of weight issues. It works both ways. I work out, I am eating healthy and doing the best to be healthy for me. I agree that fitness (on both scale) is the best. Just because someone is a size 6 that doesn’t meant they are healthy. Everyone should work on their health and a healthy body image.

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