Issue #63 of V Magazine, which will hit newsstands on January 14th, celebrates women of all shapes and sizes.
Editorial: One Size Fits All
Photography: Terry Richardson
Styling: Mel Ottenberg
Models: Crystal Renn (5 ft, 9 in; 36"/31"/41"), Jacquelyn Jablonski (5 ft, 9 in; 32"/24"/34")
Crystal Renn is one of the best-known (we almost used "biggest" and thought better of it at the last second) plus-size models in the industry.
Now take a look:
Why are we leaving the opinionating up to you? Well, because we think it's worthy of discussion and yet we have little to say about it. We're not "plus-sized" women, which means we haven't been subjected to exactly what that means in a world where one can so easily feel marginalized by one's imperfections. Oh sure, men are subjected more and more to this kind of body anxiety (gay men especially), but as we all know, men and women are judged differently, especially when it comes to their looks. What we're trying to say here is, no matter how much we might obsess over our waist size and the relative firmness of our pecs and butts, we don't have that lifetime of pressure that women sometimes feel to be perfect.
Bottom line? We think the editorial is interesting, but we simply don't have a reaction that goes beyond "Hunh. How about that." Actually, that's not quite true. We have another reaction and that one is "Why?" Is there a point to this? What do you guys think? How do these pictures make you feel?
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