Calvin Klein Model Addresses Size Controversy


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Calvin Klein model Myla Dalbesio appeared on the Today show this morning to address the controversy over some media reports labeling her as plus-size. (Dalbesio is a size 10.) Dalbesio clarified that in the modeling world, she is considered neither straight-size nor plus-size. "I am among one of many girls that are, like, 'in-betweenies,'" the 27-year-old model says in the segment above. "So we're not skinny enough to be straight-size — [meaning] these size 0, size 2 girls — and we're not large enough to be considered for plus-size."

Speaking to anchor Savannah Guthrie, Dalbesio added, "I think that Calvin Klein has done something that's really groundbreaking, which is they released this campaign with what some would say is a normal-size model, a size 10. And size-10 girls, there's not a lot of spots for us to fit in in the fashion industry. They released this campaign with me right alongside all of the other girls of varying shapes and sizes, and didn't make a fuss about it." The response, she claims, has been positive: "I'm getting these emails from 15-year-old girls in the middle of America that are saying, 'Thank you so much, I've never seen myself represented in this way before.'''