No One Seems to Know What a ‘Plus’ Model Really Is

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Jennifer Maitland and Laura Wells cover Plus Model Magazine. Photo: Courtesy of Plus Model Magazine

Madeline Figueroa-Jones, editor-in-chief of Plus Model Magazine: "I wish I knew who exactly was determining the size of plus-size models. Whenever I ask a brand, they tell me the agencies don't have high-caliber bigger models. When I speak to agencies, they tell me that the clients are calling for smaller models, so I'm not exactly sure what is going on. All I know is that I can't get a clear answer from anyone." Meanwhile, public opinion isn't always on her side: "I read a lot of the comments whenever an article comes out online about plus-size fashion or models and I'm appalled by the ignorance I read. People equate bigger people with being unhealthy, but I would bet my career that if I took the plus-size board and the straight-size board of an agency and had them take physical exams, the straight-sized models would not be 'healthier' than the plus-sized models.” [Refinery29]