French Glamour Features Plus-Size Women Not Models in June Issue

Add French Glamour to the mix of international magazines embracing a wider definition of beauty. In its June issue the magazine features plus-size women – not models – discussing fashion. Finally a magazine that depicts real women!

The women featured are actually fashion bloggers – coined “fatshionistas” that explore plus-size fashion in the article, “Vive Les Fatshionistas!” Two of the women are U.S. “fatshionista” bloggers, one of who (Gabi) was listed as one of the top 50 influential bloggers by Times UK. 

Earlier this year French Elle and Italian Vogue also included the “plus-size” perspective in their magazines, but French Glamour has done what none of these magazines has done before – featuring real life plus-size women.

This is something to truly be celebrated. “Plus-size” models may be “plus-size” by fashion industry standards, but more often than not do not represent real plus-size women. Giving these women a voice and face in a highly acclaimed magazine is a huge stepping stone in the road to altering the idea that  thinness is equated with beauty.

Unfortunately, while we take two steps forward there always seems to be one step back. Unlike their French partners, American Glamour, the magazine that brought us Lizzi Miller and arguably the start of the “plus-size” magazine craze, didn’t get it quite right this month.

The magazine’s June “size acceptance” issue features “plus-size” model Crystal Renn on the cover in a swimsuit alongside Victoria’s Secret angel Alessandra Ambrosio and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl Brooklyn Decker. Having a “plus-size” model on the cover of a magazine with other straight models is certainly a positive step, but not if you can’t tell which model is the “plus-size” one. The magazine denies that any retouching was done to the image, but it seems pretty hard to believe to me.

What do you think? Who do you think featured the “plus-size” perspective better? French or American Glamour?

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Dr Deah Schwartz
Dr Deah Schwartz5 years ago

I agree with Samantha the although I remember when size 8's were considered really really thin! But normal average sized women would buy stuff from magazines too!

Dr Deah Schwartz
Dr Deah Schwartz5 years ago

The day I wake up and the focus on women is NOT on what their size is will be a beautiful day. We are relentlessly bombarded with demands to look a certain way. I am PRO CHOICE. I want fat women to feel great, I want thin women to feel great and I want in between women to feel great. And I would love it if women didn't use their size as the only barometer for feeling great!!!! Magazines would reach a larger customer base if they showed men and women of a variety of shapes and sizes.

Josie Eldred
Josie Eldred6 years ago

I truly can't tell who the 'plus size' model is on the American Glamour cover...they all look identical to me.

American Glamour's attempt to exhibit acceptance of 'plus size' women is pretty pathetic. The French one on the other hand is incredibly refreshing and inspiring. I hope it's the start of a new trend.

Kay L.
KayL NOFORWARDS6 years ago

Starting at a point that would be considered obese, I'd be thrilled to get down to the dress size of a so-called "plus-sized model"! Even the goal that my doctor has set for me as healthy for someone my height and age is higher than that of the "plus-sized model". Come on, fashion world, get real! When designers actually call the current "plus-sized models" *average*, then maybe they'll discover that designing clothing for real women's bodies actually gets them more sales.

Vanessa S.
Vanessa S.6 years ago

While it is extremely important to recognize that beauty should not depend on the number on a scale, we must stress the importance of a healthy weight.

Margaret Crowe
Margaret C.6 years ago

So, on American Glamour, I am guessing the blond is "plus sized", because she has breasts?

Nikki B.
Nikki B.6 years ago

i do not look skinny just porportioned for my height !!!!!!!!!!!! i am very small boned !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nikki B.
Nikki B.6 years ago

i have been on a low carb diet since 1996 since atkins came out with the book !!!!!!!!!! i an 100 lbs and never gain weight !!!!!!!!!! i am 5'1 and weighed 170 when i was 17 then stayed at 140 till atkins came out !!!!!!!!! then i went down to 117 lbs then when splenda came out i went down to 100lbs without ever craving sugar !!!!!!!!!!!!!! if you want to be thin then eat only 20 carbs a day !!!!!!!!!!! i pig out once in a while but the next day i go back to 20 carbs !!!!!!!!!! self control is tough but if your pants get tight it is better to lose weight than buy new pants !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lone Merise Frederiksen

Very good to see goodlooking plus size women on the cover for a change! :-)

Hillary B.
HG B.6 years ago

I read in a magazine that the size of the average American woman is a size 14. I think that is v. true. Most women are supposed to have a certain amount of body fat to have appropriate curves. They showed pics of average women who were also anywhere from 5 ft to 5ft 4" tall, (in bathing suits no less) and they looked great! The average plus sized model is a size 12. The problem is that actual plus size starts at 18W ('w' for women's, which gives additional width in the hips, thighs etc.) as opposed to a regular size 18 which doesn't. As far as I know, plus size clothes run all the way to a size 26. So the problem is that we have anorexic models representing the average woman, and average women representing plus sized women. I am pleased that maybe women of all types might be more accurately represented in the fashion world.