After last year, 18 “plus-sized” girls walked the runway at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. This year, the size 12+ girls were excluded from the fashion event… so they decided to protest, while letting their T-shirts promote their slogans: “I love my curves” and “We love real women”. Some more details from news.com.au:
Negotiating curves has proved too hazardous for the designers of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, as plus-sized models claim they have been shut out by the local industry. Big Gal Models agent Darrianne Donnelly said the industry had gone backwards after showcasing 18 plus-size models at Australian Fashion Week last year. That positive initiative by RAFW owner IMG was hailed a success but not one was invited to participate this year. “The public wants to see themselves, in all shapes and sizes, not just size 6,” Ms Donnelly said. A group of plus-size models wearing T-Shirts with slogans such as “I love my curves” and “We love real women” staged a protest outside an Australian Fashion Week event early in May. Designer Alex Perry was defiant about his right to choose. “Nobody is going to tell me how to pick models,” he said. Article by Skinny vs. Curvy * * * * * * * * * * * * * * This was an older story (May) suggested to me by my friend Lauren. I know I’m a little late on this! I just wanted to post it anyway, to show that some people within the fashion industry are still being biased and unwilling to change. And to give the models who protested some credit! Now to bring us up to speed: Fashion Week has passed, and there were definitely some plus size models – so perhaps this protest did something! Over the next few days, I will be posting updated news about the Plus Size Fashion Week, so stay tuned!