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One Size Fits All… or does it?

Posted in Editorial by Nneoma Ulu on December 29, 2009

How nice of V Magazine to think of real women this festive season. The editorial, aptly entitled, ‘One Size Fits All’, has been perfectly timed to coincide with the time of the year that is well known and accepted for indulgence and over-eating. In the spread, they have pitted “skinny” model, Jacquelyn Jablonski against plus-size model, Crystal Renn to show that fashion can flatter all, no matter what your size… how kind of them!

'One Size Fits All' editorial in V Magazine

Crystal Renn really works the shoot and there is no doubt that she looks hot but surely the mere fact that V Magazine felt that they should do a shoot like this, suggests that one size doesn’t really fit all. I’m not the skinniest of people myself, so my ears always prick up when there is talk of plus-size models being used. The reality of the situation for me, is that one size does not fit all which is why there are much more shoots in less fashion forward magazines showcasing clothes that flatter different shapes and sizes. Furthermore, whilst Crystal looks fabulous, how representative is she of plus size women – or at least the average woman? Yes, she is fuller figured than Jacquelyn but that isn’t really much of a yardstick or a fair comparison… well not to “real” women anyway. So thank you V Magazine for this spread but from what I can see Crystal can work it and represent a small minority of women who look as good as she does but I’ll stick to avoiding short jumpsuits and stick to what I know suits me.

'One Size Fits All' editorial in V Magazine

'One Size Fits All' editorial in V Magazine

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  1. S said, on December 30, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Fashion world does seem to have cottoned onto “politics” this year, with the results being a total bag of shit basically (sorry, I’ve been watching The Thick of It and have gotten all sweary). This shoot makes you feel like Crystal Renn, who is slim and gorgeous in a way most people can only dream of, is being kindly allowed into the pages of a fashion magazine as some kind of positive discrimination. I am all in favour of forced diversity, but this still isn’t actually diversity, it’s just more evidence of the hysteria surrounding women’s bodies and the fact that we shouldn’t be categorised into “very thin” and “everyone else”. Maddening.

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  10. sonjabeauty said, on January 5, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I like that they’re showing someone who isn’t stick thin and showing that she can look more alluring and interesting than the typical model. But I do think it’s rather ridiculous for anyone to consider her as plus-size. She’s probably a size 10 or 12 – gasp! 🙂

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  14. onlyanne said, on January 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Agreed! One size doesn’t fit all as as lovely as Crystal looks she definitley isn’t what I would call a weight representation of an average woman. On the plus side at least this is another step away from size zero and a move into a wider shape in fashion. Or so I hope.

  15. charliebanks said, on July 3, 2010 at 6:03 am

    I think she looks better than the thin model. Having them stand next to each other sort of shows how much more attracting people with meat are.


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