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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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Moe on

They all look beautiful and happy and fashionable. Black gets a bad rap. Emme looks like a goddess with the new locks and sky blue dress.

Rachel on

Has any thought been put into the fact that being a size 18 isnt healthy. I am not saying that zero is an ideal size by any imagination. But really obesity is a problem. Lets be clear about the difference between being proud of your body and being unhealthy. Because there is a difference

AW on

Some of these comments are quite interesting. I agree that we should all strive to be at a healthy weight – one that is right for our height and frame and that we do not have to go to extremes to maintain. I do NOT agree with the slurs about donuts and farmers’ markets – if you want to make these claims about women, then you had better be prepared to make the same comments about James Gandolfini, Alec Baldwin or Philip Seymour Hoffman. If this piece had featured some “big and tall” celebrity men rather than “plus size” women, the comments would no doubt be much more respectful and far less judgmental.

melissa on

you’re all saying sized 10, 12, 14 is average. what about 4s, 6s and 8s. i’m 5’… if I was anywhere near a size 10 I’d be very overweight–I”m a size 4. The average US woman is 5’4″ so I can’t imagine anything over a 10 or maybe a 12 would be truly average in the healthful sense considering height in the mix.

Dee Dee on

We are fat and happy so leave us BIG girls alone !

melissa on

Dee Dee: You realize in a decade or two you’re going to cost your fellow Americans a lot of money with the health problems you’re likely to incurs.. so technically we do have a right to be concerned.

melissa on

emme looks great–and proportionate. but she’s also quite tall.

Laura on

The two women on the left are not just “plus-sized”, they are morbidly obese and unhealthy. I think promoting this unhealthy lifestyle is just as bad as promoting underweight women who look frail and anorexic. Someone earlier said fashion shows need to have average weight women who are size 10 and 12 walk down the runway. I couldn’t agree more.

FASHION NEWS: Proenza Schouler, NYFW & Emporio Armani » Fashion and Style on

[...] The first ever plus-size fashion show at New York Fashion Week took over the runway yesterday. Plus-size celebs Gabourey Sibide and Nikki Blonsky sat front row to celebrate the appearance of plus-size at NYFW. Nikki Blonsky called this fashion show a ”milestone” for plus-size fashion. The models said this show could be a statement to other designers to create larger sizes. (People) [...]

Tracie Hardy on

The truth of the matter, it is no one’s business what size you are but you. If you are comfortable at your size and happy with yourself and your life, that is what is important. The fashion industry should realize all sizes need attractive and quality made clothes. A size 18 does not want to wear a giant flowered tent no more than a size 4 does. Sometimes wearing something pretty and looking attractive gives someone the incentive to watch their weight or eat healthier. By the way for some of you who think because you are small size, you look better than a large size, think again. Your size is not what makes someone beautiful, pretty or attractive, it comes from your heart and soul. Just so that you are not confused I am 5’4″ and a size 4.

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