There is no doubt that the fashion industry has seen a surge in activity from “plus-size” models over the last few years. While this is something I find very promising, it’s a bit of a catch-22 because while I’d like to see more and more “plus-size” models on the runways and in major fashion campaigns, I do struggle with the “plus-size” label – as does one of the industry’s newest rising “plus-size” stars, Marquita Pring.
In a recent interview with New York Magazine, Pring shares her thoughts on “plus-size” modeling and her hope that one day we can do away completely with the “plus-size” label.
Here are some highlights from the interview.
Pring setting the record straight on working to maintain a “plus-size” body through diet and exercise:
“I work hard to maintain my size. People often think that by being a plus-size model we just let go of ourselves and have no self-control. I work harder than some of the smaller girls. We have to maintain our size and be careful not to fluctuate too drastically, especially when we have consistent clients that need us at specific measurements.”
“I’ve always been athletic, so working out is something I enjoy and do regularly.”
“As far as diet goes, I’m a fairly healthy eater. Love to start my day with oatmeal or Ezekiel bread and fruit. Salads, chicken, and fish are major parts of my diet.”
Pring on the fashion industry accepting an array of body types:
“My stance is that the industry needs to embrace diverse women.”
“I don’t think this uprising of curvier models is just a trend. I think people are realizing that we are healthy, beautiful, happy women who are finally being discovered.”
“I mean, let’s be honest, economically and psychologically it is in everyone’s best interest to include all sizes and models, regardless of the titles put on them. Designers will be making a lot more money by embracing a wider range of sizes, and women everywhere will start to feel better about themselves when they finally realize that to be beautiful, they do not need to conform to someone else’s ideal.”
Pring on doing away with the “plus-size” label altogether:
“Well, for one, I think we need to phase out the category ‘plus-size models.’ I’m a model. I’m doing the same catalogue and editorial jobs as the ‘normal’ models.”
“Slowly, as designers start incorporating bigger girls into their shows and campaigns, I’m confident people will start seeing us as normal, healthy models who are just as beautiful and capable as the girls we are used to seeing.”
Bravo Ms. Pring! I have to say I’m very excited to see how this 20-year-olds’ career unfolds and the mark she will undoubtedly leave in the fashion industry – “plus-size” label be damned!
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