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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k on

I do not feel that this is “Rewarding” obesity anymore then “regular” models glorify anorexia and cocaine.

This fashion show is about being accepting of people for who they are obese, fat, thick, bulimic, short tall, Etc.

Also, lest us not forget that just there are the people out there who can eat whatever they want, not work out and yet remain skinny… Just as many people can eat healthy, work out and are still naturally heavy.

A “plus Size” model is one who wears a size 12 or 14. I know plenty of people. Like the model in blue featured here that are that size because of their height not their body fat.

For every over weight person who overeats and does not exercise enough, there is a skinny person that is killing themselves by not eating enough and over eggerting themselves. One is not better the other.

Shani on

I am very happy and overjoyed that finally there is a fashion show to show that plus size women are beautiful and can strut her stuff! I hope to attend a plus size fashion show one day!

Go on curvy girls! Do your thing!

kay on

THOSE FOUR WERE NOT THE MODELS! They were in the front row!!! Plus size models are usually a size 12-14 rather than the size 20 that some are suggesting. And really, don’t you nay sayers have something better to do with your time than talk about other people’s weight? I’m sure that there is some not so desirable things in your life, um like maybe a personality?

Kathy H on

First off, the stars in the phot were in ATTENDANCE – they were NOT models! Read the story – they were seated in the front row!

Second, to the mental midget who said this is about encouraging women to stay obese and unhealthy – grow up. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with that and anyone with 2 brain cells ought to know that. It’s simply about providing fashionable clothing for women of size. How that “encourages” them to stay overweight is simply beyond comprehension.

Geeze Louise.

Mary on

Sorry to tell you this Dawn, but most ‘plus-size’ models are just an average size 10-14 with size 12 as the ‘standard’ size for a plus-size model. Often when magazines want to show a fuller size, they will just pad a size 12 instead of hiring a larger size.

Janet on

Too bad they’re wearing black. I’m a big gal (just shy of six feet and in the mid-200 lb range), and I’ve banned black from my wardrobe except for certain occasions. I don’t flaunt and dress normal, but black… no way.

Too bad the aren’t following suit.

And to the idiot that said they needed wide-angle lens… go soak your head. They’d need to do the same for your ego & attitude.

Jan Carolan on

Who gives delee1 the right to say I am just pretending to be happy at my large size? Yes, I am heavy but I most other heavy people are 100% happy. If I want to lose weight I will, but on my terms–not some downer persons. We need clothes that aren’t geared towards the over 70’s set also. (OSP) Fashion Show Press! | Madison Plus - The Dish on

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Monica on

Come on-How is being THAT BIG healthy? Im all for loving your body but no one should be over a size 14 & theres no such thing as ‘big boneded’. Im not in the pitty party-Lose some weight!

Charlotte on

I think that this is wonderful! All of the teens out there who are starving themselves, this reassures them that they are not over weight. Everyone is shaped differently. Some girls are muscular, some are bone thin, and some are just naturally large. We cannot have a “happy medium” but learn to be happy with ourselves and in our bodies no matter what everybody else says. To all of those people who said that a size 12 is obese- how do you know that? For all you know, the woman could have wide hips, or could have a long torso, thus needing a large size to completely cover them. Don’t call size 12’s fat just because it goes into the double digits. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, and what the fashion industry has done to every girl’s mind around the world is absolutely HORRIFYING.

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