Honey they shrunk the supermodel

As a teen, I thought Cindy Crawford was the epitome of hot.

Cindy "Chunky" Crawford rocks a runway in 1995, years before forcing me to buy a house full of Rooms To Go furniture.

Cindy "Chunky" Crawford rocks a runway in 1995, years before forcing me to buy a house full of Rooms To Go furniture.

Imagine my chagrin today as I perused an article in the January issue of PLUS Model Magazine that alleges Cindy wore a size 6, the same size as many of today’s non-super models.

It was quite a blow to learn I should have been buying Kate Moss calendars all those years.

The article says Cindy and other renowned hotties from a more portly era of posing (Paulina Porizkova and Billy Joel’s ex-wife) would be too chunky to make it onto the runways of today’s slimmer, and perhaps dangerously trimmer world of fashion. To prove their point, the magazine provides pics of a plus size model alongside a much thinner “straight size model.”

Fox News has a worksafe writeup, but for the pics you have to click on the full meal deal.

The pictures should “open the minds of the fashion industry,” which is stepping further away from reality, according to PLUS founder and editor-in-chief, Madeline Figueroa Jones, who is probably at least a size 8.

Jones, who may be frailer emotionally than physically, said she nearly cried when she first saw the pictures, but still ran them.

The magazine points out fashion models appear to be shrinking: “Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8 percent less than the average woman. Today she weighs 23 percent less” and “most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia.”

Now, Cindy is 45, a mother of two and still easy on the eyes. She says she feels sorry for the supermodels of today and points out the obvious — “straight size models” have no curves.

Maybe that’s why my calendar collection stopped in 1989.

95 comments Add your comment

Sorry Folks

January 12th, 2012
3:43 pm

But Size 6 is huge.
Unless a girl is young, tall, big-boned and athletic she should not wear anything larger than a size 4.

steelekirk

January 12th, 2012
3:49 pm

@ sorryfolks, I hope your comment is a joke.

MrsLesh

January 12th, 2012
3:50 pm

You have lost your mind if you think a size 6 is too large.

Size 6

January 12th, 2012
3:50 pm

I am a size six and I’m sure that I am more attractive than Sorry Folks – probably inside and out!!

whitefeather

January 12th, 2012
3:51 pm

I believe Marilyn Monroe was a size 14.

jarvis

January 12th, 2012
3:51 pm

Size with models comes and goes. Remember waif models or even Twiggy from the 1970’s? It’s all circular.

oneofeach4me

January 12th, 2012
3:51 pm

@sorry… maybe if they made clothes for curves that would be true. But most women, in order for their curves to fit, say, in jeans, they have to get a size larger where the waist is too big but the but/thigh area fits. I would say size 8/10 is where plus would come in… NOT 6.

MrsLesh

January 12th, 2012
3:55 pm

Size 8 or 10 should not be a Plus size either. Why is it that nowadays those stick-thin girls are getting booty pads. What does that tell you? They know a size below 4 is too small and they look like a 11 year old except for their faces, which usually look 10 years older.

oneofeach4me

January 12th, 2012
3:56 pm

@MrsLesh ~ I am talking in the waist here… no where else. And I said it would be considered plus size as far as modeling.. not average women.

Kay

January 12th, 2012
4:01 pm

Next thing you know instead of using live people they will be using skeletons since that seem to be the perfect model size.

Those Models Look Hungry!

January 12th, 2012
4:09 pm

Those bonny models look hungry and very unhappy. Most of that crap I see on the runways isn’t anything I would wear. Most of it looks uncomfortable and tacky as hell.

Roberta

January 12th, 2012
4:14 pm

Well, considering the high obesity rates of both adults and children here in GA, I don’t think too many people have to worry about whether size 6 is considered a plus size or not.

get a sammich

January 12th, 2012
4:15 pm

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is not even worth watching anymore. I dont know who is telling these new age models they look good but it aint the American public.

Butterfly

January 12th, 2012
4:19 pm

The media influences the young and old. That is why eating disorders and cosmetic surgery is at an all time high. Some women will never be a size 4 or 6 unless they resort to one of those options. Each individual must determine what is a healthy weight and size for their frame.

JT

January 12th, 2012
4:23 pm

How can a size 6 be a Plus size. I’m a man and I always thought that a plus sizes for women were like a 12-14

EJ The Diva

January 12th, 2012
4:24 pm

To be considered plus size you need to wear a size 16. The average American woman is a size 14 and may be even larger now. The fashion industry needs to get it together. It is not realistic to think a size six is anywhere need plus size.

EJ The Diva

January 12th, 2012
4:24 pm

Correction–anywhere near a plus size.

Sorry Folks

January 12th, 2012
4:25 pm

Incidence rates of eating disorders are greatly exaggerrated. Obesity is a much bigger problem in this country.
Poor diet and lack of exercise are the main reason women are unable to attain a desirable physique.
Making excuses for not fittig into a size 4 or challenging society’s views of attractivesness don’t help.
It’s not okay to tell your daughter that “big is beautiful.” You are damaging her inside and out.
Stop making up statistics and lay off the cheeseburgers. Life is so much easier and better for small slim people.

really

January 12th, 2012
4:26 pm

The problem with fashion today is that you people listen to what some fool making millions of dollars a year tells you is the new hot fashion, and why because it makes them money. Can’t wear white after a certain time of year, those black shoes are out of style this year etc or people like that nasty, plastic Joan Rivers telling people what looks good or not. Worse is designers pay celebs stupid money or just get them to wear it so people will want to be like them. Why cant people just be themselves and dress the way they want to. So now they are starting to put into peoples heads that you gotta be a size 0 not to be considered fat!

Donna V.

January 12th, 2012
4:27 pm

Nowhere in this article does it say that anyone considers a size 6 a “plus” size.
Stop whining and get back on the treadmill, honey.

Sorry Folks

January 12th, 2012
4:29 pm

Dear really:

No one said you have to be thin. They only said you have to be thin and attractive if you want people to like you.
Sure, be yourself all you want. No one is looking.
If you want to be poor you definitely should ignore all the advice from “some fool making millions of dollars a year.”
Great logic!

How about google it!

January 12th, 2012
4:29 pm

@ JT – How about googling what women’s plus sizes actually are (since you are already on your computer) instead of offending the great majority of size 12-14 women out there?

peter deter weter III

January 12th, 2012
4:31 pm

If the 4-6 range is the right size for the belles, what is the correct size for the gents? I am sick and tired of seeing these little men like sorry folks squeeze and grease their beer kegs into those polos and dockers as if they are having twins.

g

January 12th, 2012
4:32 pm

Sorry Folks, you are a complete jackass.

Angle missed..

January 12th, 2012
4:38 pm

Sizes themselves have been made actually bigger in the last 10 years by various designers. Cindy’s 90’s size six is not the same as today’s. Today’s 6 was an 8 in the 90’s and so on. In the past few years I have been able to wear a rage of sizes (we’re talking like 3) while remaining the same weight. It started when rack designers had the idea that if we make our 14 say 12 while the customer still only fits into the competitor’s 14 – they’re going to buy the 12; and they do. When out shopping and trying on clothes, if a woman finds they need the “smaller” size it makes them feel great and bam, ya gotta a sale.

TL

January 12th, 2012
4:38 pm

http://vimeo.com/34813864 shows how they stay so skinny.

Kevin

January 12th, 2012
4:46 pm

True, obesity is a serious problem in America and all modernized nations. It’s not just us. We have a culture that breeds inactivity and overeating. But, anybody who thinks that eating disorders are not also a major problem for teenage girls AND BOYS, as well as adult men and women, have never worked with teenagers in any capacity (ministry, school teachers, coaches, etc.). Your STUPIDITY nullifies your opinion, or rather, your opinion shows your stupidity.

Whatever!

January 12th, 2012
4:48 pm

I watched a program several years ago that used Olympic skier Picabo Street as an example of the problem with BMI and most current measures of health. At the height of her career, Street was considered obese according to those methods. She weighed approx 150 lbs and based on her height, she was obese. It does not take into consideration the fact that she was a world class athlete that had a ton of muscle on her frame. It was this program that showed me that BMI was bunch of bunk! At 43, I am in the best overall condition in my life! Currently wearing a size 10-12 and working on my green belt in karate! They might not want to tell me I’m obesed to my face!

Who Cares?

January 12th, 2012
4:50 pm

@ really, you get it! @ Sorry Folks, wow, I feel sorry for you. I’d like to buy you for what you’re worth, and sell you for what you think you’re worth. I’d be a happy dude. Get over yourself, please.

Kevin

January 12th, 2012
4:52 pm

Whatever, you’re exactly right. BMI is a senseless measurement. It assumes everyone is the same and doesn’t take muscle vs body fat into consideration, or any of the 3 different body-types (mesomorph, endomorph, ectomorph). I’m a man, 5′10″ and 210 lbs. I’m “morbidly obese” but I have 10%body fat or less. I guess Trent Richardson, Alabama’s RB, is morbidly obese, too.

peter deter weter III

January 12th, 2012
4:55 pm

LOL YOU ARE A YELLOW BELT NOW OR AN ORANGE BELT? THOSE ARE PRETTY LOW FOR 40 (FAW-TY) IN MY SOUTHERN TWANG

Fred

January 12th, 2012
4:55 pm

It’s really quite simple. Most “fashion designers” are gay men and they want the models to look like 14 year old boys, so they do.

peter deter weter III

January 12th, 2012
4:56 pm

MY BMI IS GOOD! I KEEP MYSELF UP

Whatever!

January 12th, 2012
5:00 pm

Peter deter weiner! I am an orange belt and I just started taking karate in May! Sat out for about two months with a rotator cuff injury and will be testing for my green in two weeks! Go back to your hole!

Crystal Evans

January 12th, 2012
5:02 pm

The average woman wears a size 14. Plus size should start at size 12. I believe Marilyn Monroe wore a size 16. What is wrong with curves? Aren’t women supposed to have breasts and hips?

Miss P

January 12th, 2012
5:08 pm

@Sorry Folks…you’ve GOT to be kidding? Life is better and easier for thin people? Bahahahahaha!!
You obviously don’t work with the public! (Which sounds like that’s probably a blessing for the rest of us actually.)

Vanity sizing has become an industry standard as pointed out earlier, but that doesn’t mean that everyone who wears a 6 is really an 8 or even in good health. Nor does it mean, or even imply that someone who wears a 14, 16 or even larger is in poor health or unattractive.

Hollywood has become Uber Obssessed with Youth and Beauty. Which also includes being so waifishly thin that you’ve become translucent. You shouldn’t be able to see someones intestines when they stand in front of a light!

People really have GOT to stop believing the (media) hype!

Human beings come in all different shapes and sizes and not only that…always have, always will.

Notice how the Fat Bashers talk about “working” at their body modifications…they don’t have natural bodies. Why would anyone listen to them? They work to change the skin they live in because they hate themselves. And want everyone else to hate theirselves too.

Don’t believe the image hype people! Stop being the Media’s Sheeple!

fat@love.com

January 12th, 2012
5:11 pm

Y’all think you’re “thick” but you’re really just obese… especially you heifers on the Southside.

fat@love.com

January 12th, 2012
5:12 pm

Make that dusky heifers on the Southside…

peter deter weter III

January 12th, 2012
5:14 pm

fat love you let a thick shake and break your heart.

@orange belt they got you moving fast can you sparr?

fat@love.com

January 12th, 2012
5:20 pm

and then they have the nerve to walk around the airport wearing a tube top and flip flops… and eating at Popeye’s.

Sorry Folks

January 12th, 2012
5:23 pm

MissP: We all assume the “P” is for “Piggy,” and we all think you’re adorable.
But we don’t want to take you to the prom.

For the inquiring mind, I am a 40 jacket, 33 waist, 34 inseam. I don;t know exactly what my BMI is, but my persoanl physician said it was “amazing” during my physical about a month ago.

And for the big girl who stated that stores cut their clothes bigger these days, you are right . . . if you have a time machine and shop at the GAP in 1996.
Stores where attractive people shop cut their clothes very small. I don’t know how they do it at Lane Bryant, but I am sure there are plenty of ladies here well-informed on that subject.

My point is not to brag or be cruel. I simply want people to stop saying “it’s ok to be overweight because that’s better than having an eating disorder.” Both are bad. But people with eating disorders usually have other emotional issues, either from trauma or chemical disfunction, that manifests itself in obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Obesity is a problem caused by otherwise well-adjusted children being force fed garbage by their ignorant parents from the day they are born. IT’S NOT OK.

RedNeck Rick

January 12th, 2012
5:27 pm

Give me curves on a woman, all day, everyday. “Normal” women, I loves ya!

britt

January 12th, 2012
5:30 pm

Anyone who thinks a size 6-10 should be plus sized is brainwashed just like most of the fashion industry. Coming from someone who was a size 10 and now a size 0 and currently modeling…its laughable to hear people defending the fact that plus size is 6-10. It took hard work for me to lose the weight and change my body composition and I’m not a waif now…I just gained weight in college and started eating right, excercising, and taking an interest in my health. From someone who was considered plus sized and is now modeling only because I lost the weight…it makes me sick to see the way plus sized girls are treated. I got called so many names and men were cruel and now that I’m small they’re all interested. Our society needs to change this and fast! Now I’m working towards building muscle to get some of my curves back. This article is great!

ME

January 12th, 2012
5:30 pm

All: Let it go – Love every body as God Loves you unconditionally.

the truth

January 12th, 2012
5:33 pm

If your waist is larger than your inseam. You’re fat. Accept it or do something about it.

Confused in Conyers

January 12th, 2012
5:35 pm

The article doesn’t say that size 6 is now a “plus-size.” Why do people keep saying that it isn’t? Obviously it isn’t. A plus-size is anything bigger than 12. A 6 is just full-figured.

Wow

January 12th, 2012
5:58 pm

There were some nice lesbian pics in there!

Huh?

January 12th, 2012
6:00 pm

@ the truth –> Are you an idiot or just pretending to be?

I’m a man, 6′4″, 210. I have a 35″ inseam and a 36″ waist and am FAR from being “fat.” I’m in excellent shape and could whip your butt at any physical challenge you want to try. Grow up.

Reality

January 12th, 2012
6:00 pm

Funny this story is here..I just went shopping and was delighted to see at the store huge discounts my size “8″(which is roomy for me but I like to comfort. I go between a 6 or 8)..ONLY TO MY SURPRISE..8 was HUGE on me!!..I actually ended up purchasing 4 and 6(which of course had no huge discounts)..my reasoning..designers are simply making the smaller sizes BIGGER…

sadly I know it isn’t from weight loss!

sandra

January 12th, 2012
6:02 pm

you got to be kidding……………I can see why some people think a 10 is plus size………..because if you are under 5′5″ that can be large. But a size 6?