Have you guys seen these photos from a photo shoot with a Plus Sized Model (Katya Zharkova) and “Regular Sized” model?  It’s been all over the Internet over the last 24 hours.

This piece in the Daily Mail (UK) (Note – if you click there is some mild nudity – may not be appropriate for work) shows off photos and talks about the reason behind the photo shoot.  Mainly it’s to show the difference between a “Regular Model” (extremely thin) to what a Plus Sized Model is.  (She’s a 12).

A lot of the article shocked me but what really brought my eyeballs out was this quote, ‘The majority of plus-size models on agency boards are between a size 6 and 14, while the customers continue to express their dissatisfaction.’That’s kind of insane in my opinion. I think it’s pretty sad that a size 6 is considered a plus size by modeling agencies.

Obviously each person is different but what do you think?  And do these photos shock you?


  1. I don’t want to look at the photos, but I would consider plus sized as something you need to go to the “Women’s” section for. I have been plus sized my whole adult life, and know that I have to go to a special section to get my clothes. I think if your BM is under 30, you probably shouldn’t be posing in a plus sized magazine.

    • That’s such a good way of determining it! If it were based on BMI b/c then it would clearly be based on health/height/other factors rather than the size/label on clothes

  2. I don’t normally talk about this…
    But, when I was in Chicago I did plus size modeling. I was a size 10/12/14 (I..ahem..was a size 8 for like 2 weeks in my life then all bets were off. hahaha).

    I watched an agent beat down a woman who TOTALLY didn’t even look like 16 because she allegedly gained 10 pounds. After that experience-I was DONE.

    And that was life of a ‘plus size model’. I can’t even fathom how ‘regular’ models deal.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Good for you Joey! I can’t even imagine either. Truly. The fact that a size 10 even in any world can be considered “plus size” just blows my mind. And how “regular”models deal… I think they just don’t eat all. Crazy way to live…

    • Hi Joey
      I read your comment and I live in Chicago. I would try to do plus modeling in Chicago. I received a couple of jobs from an agency Factor Women/Stewart Talent but nothing major. I was also told the excuse you are too small I am 5’11 and wore 10/12 at the time. The problem is that I am very athletic used to run and have the legs of more of size 6/8. Was all that true or they did not just like my look. Why don’t agents just tell you the truth. I have spend years trying to figure out the plus industry in Chicago, and it has gotten me nowhere. If they like your look couldn’t they just pad you up

  3. I don’t want to look at the photos either- but I must say my opinion: admittedly sort of ‘oxymoronish’. . is that personally I do feel much better physically when I am thinner. Clothing is more comfortable most definitely. However, with that said: Fashion demands, it seems, that insanely thin is best- and this is what I take issue with. Especially since many young girls are impressionable and are dictated to by these fashion ‘mantras’. . .very often to serious health detriment. I am guessing that the word sensible is not a word in the fashion industry’s vocabulary.

  4. This is just another example of how models in general do not represent real women. A women in the real world who is a size 8 or 10 would not be considered plus sized!

  5. I guess that makes me a plus size model, which makes me go WTF? b/c i wear a size 5-7 in women s and I’m only 90+ pounds and 5’2 (I got a butt an boobs) lol but it pisses me off that modeling companies do this! B/c its basically calling girls who aren’t a size 3 or smaller fat no matter their height b/c I don’t even think a size 12 in womens is plus size I think that should not be considerd plus size even!!! Check Out my page on facebook called Bring back curvy models here is the link http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Back-Curvy-Models/252864391425035

    • You have to remember that the standard is from fashion designers sample sizes. Designers do not like to use a lot of material, so you if you are over 4. It is consider plus size. Every market is different in New York they have some plus girls at a 6 in Chicago that would never fly.

      Plus is Chicago starts at 12 if your even a 10 you are too small.

  6. KarenLynn says

    A size 6 is not plus size. I wear a size 4-8, depending on the designer. I am thin, but am ample on top. What about all of those women who have breast implants? How can they wear a size 0 when there boobs are bigger than mine are? Regular models look anorexic to me. I am 5’6″, and weighed 100 pounds at one time; sick!

  7. A size 6 is a fit model size that designers generally use to fit a master pattern for a garment. The average American woman is a size 12/ 14. Unfortunately, the fashion industry has always been way off the mark when it comes to a true woman body. However, designers and clothing manufacturers are now producing “vanity sized” clothing which are much bigger than they were 10 years ago. Today’s size 6 was an 8 in the 90’s and so on.
    A size 6 can be the same actual dimensions as a size 4 or a size 10, depending on the store, designer/brand and fabric.


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