Sunday, December 22, 2013

'I don't like the term plus-size': Tyra Banks on how body-image labels in the fashion industry are harmful to women

The lady undoubtedly has large assets but a faith that changing the name changes the reality is undoubtedly dumb.  It's the reality that people react to, not the name

Tyra Banks, who is currently campaigning with Special K to ban 'fat talk' and promote positive body image, has admitted that the label 'plus-size' is harmful to women.

The 40-year-old supermodel and America's Top Model judge, who uses the term 'fiercely real' instead, told Huffington Post Style: 'I don't like the label "plus-size".

'I don't want to use the term "plus-size," because, to me, what the hell is that? It just doesn't have a positive connotation to it. I tend to not use it.'



Anonymous said...

No matter what you call something negative, what you call it will get a negative connotation. You can call them sunshine women and sunshine women will be associated with sexual unattractiveness, and poor health. "Plus size" was an attempt to create a new nice term to replace other terms. The same goes for other undesirable states of being, like the retarded, the sexually deviant, etc etc...

Anonymous said...

'Fiercely real' is a stupid term utterly devoid of meaning.

Stan B said...

The fashion industry has been bending over backwards to shield women from the reality of their dominant condition in this country. What was a "size 8" fifty years ago is now a "size 4." If a woman truly gets into the "plus size" clothing, it's because she's taken "Rubenesque" to a new level.