French Elle got a lot of attention abut a year ago for their covers with unretouched images of celebrities wearing no makeup. The April issue is bound to draw plenty of attention as well. It features plus-size model Tara Lynn on the cover and in a roughly twenty-page spread inside the magazine. On the cover she wears clothes, but for the expository shot in the spread she doesn't.
We've asked this question before, but we'll ask it again: Why must so many magazines shoot plus-size models naked? The photos of Lynn that follow in this spread depict her wearing clothes, as she should since this is a fashion magazine, with presumably an aim to show women how to dress. When fashion decided to make the hottest models the skinniest girls they could find, they didn't shoot them naked to flaunt their protruding rib cages. Why must it be different now?
It's nice to see fuller and more diverse figures in fashion media, but it would be even better to see a true mix of sizes. Plus-size, skinny-but-not-sickly, and everything in between. See the full French Elle spread here.