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


January 12th, 2012
6:06 pm

I agree with some of the things you said..but as far as feeding children garbage that made them big…that isn’t true for all..I have two cousins..sisters..one is waifer thin the other is far from it..both children from normal sized parents(however one of the grandparents was always overweight even during the GREAT DEPRESSION!)…the overweight cousin eats right, and exercises but her body is what it is..and she is great at accepting that..she isn’t grossly overweight…she goes to the doctor and has a great clean bill of health..simply put her body just doesn’t burn the calories like other people…

Too me and everyone else..including her husband..she is PERFECT!


January 12th, 2012
6:14 pm

i am 125 and a size 4 was falling off of me today. i think they are making the clothes bigger now for some reason…..


January 12th, 2012
6:21 pm

I design clothes and I am amazed that most women that are my clients aren’t a size 6. The average woman is a 12/14. I think that fashion has always been way off the mark when it comes to a true woman. Sometimes when I look at fashion shows..My mouth drop..a lot of those models are rail thin..the clothes hang off them..they look like they really need to eat..sad..Someone get thast girl a meal.


January 12th, 2012
6:39 pm

Give it a rest… @SorryFolks. I’m calling BS. You’re alone in your Grandma’s basement right now doubling this blog with World of Warcraft…C’mon, admit you’re the lonely troll out to get some attention from the blogoshpere, right?

Now call me a liar…


January 12th, 2012
6:42 pm

What nobody is saying is that a “size 6″ has become meaningless to define anything.

A size 6 can be the same actual dimensions as a size 4 or a size 10, depending on the store, brand and fabric.

And all clothing sizes bear no relationship to 30 or 40 years ago. All sizes are made bigger and can’t be compared to what they were then. If you shop vintage clothing, that becomes immediately obvious.


January 12th, 2012
6:56 pm

@Sandra, are you crazy? A woman that is is 5′5″ and wears a size 10 is healthy, not large. Wow! How many women do you know that height and size? Inquiring minds want to know.

This article is dumb. Only an idiiot thinks a size 6 is plus size.

Waldo 313

January 12th, 2012
6:58 pm

I don’t care what size they are. As long as they’re not fat!


January 12th, 2012
7:07 pm

get a sammich said: http://blogs.ajc.com/news-to-me/2012/01/12/honey-they-shrunk-the-supermodel/?cp=2#comment-18149...
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.

I got the mail out of the box the the other day and the stack included the latest Victoria’s Secret catalog and my wife’s Oxygen magazine. A quick perusal of both leads me to believe that the Oxygen women – with curves and, yes, muscles! – are WAY more attractive than the VS skinnies. For reference, check someone like, say…Jamie Eason. Google is our friend. :)

Miss P

January 12th, 2012
7:11 pm

@Trolls…you sure have SorryFolks number!

It’s a shame when people have nothing better to be recognized for than their pants size.
What a petty, pathetic existance for SorryFolks.
And everyone else who thinks that weight is the last bastion of acceptable bigotry, prejudice and bullying.


January 12th, 2012
7:30 pm

@peter, every Wednesday night, at least 4 plus rounds! Care to try me?


January 12th, 2012
7:31 pm

Negative comments about women’s size and weight are always irritating. Some of these comments are vicious and some are truthful. The bottomline is we should all try to eat right and exercise. We are all made up differently and what might look fat to one person does not look that way to another. It doesn’t mean that person is not healthy. So, let’s stop embracing these stick-thin women as if they are perfect because they are not!

Downtown Heffa

January 12th, 2012
7:42 pm

Size 12 or larger should be considered plus size.


January 12th, 2012
7:46 pm

Anorexia is the new black! Bulimia is for maintenance.


January 12th, 2012
8:05 pm

Ladies if you are getting a tad large, just make your hair larger. It works every time.

Explains why the hair in the South is so dang big, don’t it!!!!

Vote for Pedro

January 12th, 2012
8:10 pm

If you want to know why you are so fat look in the mirror… The rear view mirror.

Your car makes you fat and lazy, plus it takes you to drive thru’s.

Get rid of the car and you will lose your ton of weight.

Ron Burgundy

January 12th, 2012
8:18 pm



January 12th, 2012
8:40 pm

So an 8 or a 10 is considered plus size? Seriously? I’m a size 6-8 and I would laugh at someone who called me plus sized. When are we going to wake up and see what we are doing to young girls? If God had wanted me to look like a twig, I’d be hanging on a tree!

Larger Lady

January 12th, 2012
8:58 pm

As someone who has struggled with weight issues all her life, I have a few personal insights to add to this conversation:

1. I don’t think “regular” sizes have gotten bigger. I have lost a lot of weight twice in my life – decades apart – and the sizes I got down to were the same. If clothes were being made so much bigger now, you’d think I’d have managed to fit into even tinier sizes at the same weight when I was finally that “skinny” girl. I do find it interesting that while more emphasis is put on size 0 to 4, the industry has also over the last decade or so started building up – adding sizes above a 16-18, as more and more women need them. One cam buy 1x up to 5x or more these days. 20 up to 30.

2. I am 6 feet tall, and even at my skinniest, which by today’s BMI was underweight for my height – and from old pix, looked emaciated most places – I still could only shrink down to a size 10. Yet, there were the haters who convinced me I was still fat.

3. The fashion industry is NOT in the service of women. There is little love for women’s bodies among most designers, who sniff at the thought of having to cut cloth for real bodies. The same industry that worships at the altar of thin also tells us we must color our hair, botox our face, get electrolysis, undergo plastic surgery, and do anything to avoid looking like ourselves.

4. I don’t understand how my body size could provoke such words of disgust and ridicule from someone like the most rabid haters on this site. Such indictments caused me great sorrow in my youth (and drove me further into the arms of COMFORT FOOD). I can state from personal experience that FAT is the last acceptable target of prejudice and public derision. You can’t ridicule gays, talk down blacks or other races, or say “retarded” any more. AND I”M NOT ADVOCATING THAT WE SHOULD! I just wish it would become politically incorrect to ridicule obese people.

5. While all people’s metabolisms are different, there is a growing trend of obesity in this country. That is cause for concern. As we adopt more sedentary life styles in front of our computers and LED TVs, the trend will continue and accelerate. I wonder if the level of hate towards obese people will ever lessen, even when more and more people qualify as “targets”?


January 12th, 2012
9:06 pm

“What nobody is saying is that a “size 6″ has become meaningless to define anything.”

Yup. There are size 6s that are in excellent shape, and “size 6s” that couldn’t find the gym if they dunked the stairmasters in krispy kreme glaze.

While some of you are in obvious fat-denial… why would you care about the sizes of supermodels anyway? They represent .00000000001% of the population, and I don’t know of a single man who cares who’s coming down the runway this season. It’s a complete non-issue.

SF = moron

January 12th, 2012
9:09 pm

@SorryFolks- You are a moron, a jerk, and my bet is that you’re still single looking for that “perfect woman” that exists only in your own mind, since no decent woman will put up with you. (whew, I feel better with that off my chest!)

You are psychotic if you think that a size 6 is a plus size for women. I’m a former collegiate rower currently a fitness instructor who teaches high-impact aerobics classes 5-6 times/week, and I am a size 6. And I promise you that not a single one of my customers, friends, or anyone who saw me in person or in a photograph would call me “plus-size.” BTW, I can also guarantee that you would never make it through one of my classes!

Yes, there are people who are obese, unhealthy, lazy, and pull the wool over their own eyes about a physical situation that could possibly cut their life short. However, you are making incorrect assumptions and judgements by associating a number with a lifestyle- frankly, I think you probably know very little about women’s clothing sizing. You brag about your own measurements- frankly, they’re the same as my husband’s and, while he is not obese at all, he could certainly stand to get in a little bit better shape (and he’d be the first to admit it!).


January 12th, 2012
9:21 pm

If a size 6 is considered plus size for women, then ladies, I say we declare anything over a 31 as plus size for men. Women aren’t the only ones who need to be fit. My guess is the majority of the guys chiming in here negatively are lonely, sad, and well over plus size “31″. Oh, and you meat heads whose neck size is bigger than your neck, you are plus size too!!!!!

(That 31 is pretty unrealistic for you boys, isn’t it?)


Saddlehide Annie

January 12th, 2012
9:21 pm

I think the numbers are misleading. Case in point-30 years ago I weighed 118 and I was a size 6. I recently purchased new jeans after losing 40 pounds and I now wear size 6. The problem? I weigh 163!!!!! How could I be a size 6 unless the numbers are being manipulated to accomodate overweight American women such as myself???


January 12th, 2012
9:29 pm

If Cindy Crawford is/was size 6 then size 6 is what I want my women to be. Shapely, graceful, healthy and fine.

You can keep the skinny stick model types – ugh!

king flirt

January 12th, 2012
9:40 pm

It is very evident that Sorry Folks is a man.


January 12th, 2012
10:06 pm

The “average” woman in 2012 is an overweight sweathog so the disparity is easy to believe. Let’s not dumb this down in reverse by making trim, attractive women politically incorrect because they’re not fat.


January 12th, 2012
10:14 pm

Well damn fashion world I guess I am obese at a size 10. Also I am fairly tall, 5′10….hmmmm a model is starving herself in 5,4,3,2….


January 13th, 2012
8:05 am

Please remember that clothing manufacturers are now producing “vanity sized” clothing. Cindy’s size 6 in the ’80’s is today’s size 2-4.

Robert Lee

January 13th, 2012
1:20 pm

Good Lord, when will yall stop doing this to each other? Self confidence is worth AT LEAST 3 sizes, maybe more. I am so tired of gorgeous women being so insecure that they are unattractive.

Sick, sick, Sick!!!

January 13th, 2012
1:53 pm

I am SICK AND TIRED of Hollywood telling me what I should look like. I’ve been a size 12-14 all my adult life. I’m extremely active and eat very healthy. This is the way my body is, and I accept that.

But to make a 6 a Plus Size?????? Eventually “0″ will be plus size…..


January 13th, 2012
2:26 pm

Yeah, x-rays are real sexy……not!

kenny c

January 13th, 2012
2:39 pm

whoever said that is crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


January 13th, 2012
3:02 pm

Cindy is the sexiest woman of all time. She is number 1 on my fantasy sex bucket list. Most heterosexual men learn thru experience that fantastic sex with a woman requires the woman to have some meat on her bones or else her hipbone will hurt you. There is nothing sexy about an anorexic teenage boy looking model.


January 13th, 2012
4:09 pm

“Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8 percent less than the average woman. Today she weighs 23 percent less”

I’ve seen this tossed around before. The people who say it try to imply that the models have gotten skinnier while the average woman has remained the same size.

I’m sure the percentages aren’t as impressive if you compared an average woman twenty years ago to a model today.

Size 8 n loving it!

January 13th, 2012
4:30 pm

@sorry folks….YOU’RE AN IDIOT!!


January 13th, 2012
4:43 pm

I always disliked waif like women who think a 3-inch celery stick is a complete dinner. I want curves on a woman, not a walking stick. Those aren’t real women, they are tiny anorexic limp bags of bones. Give me a real woman any time.

Sorry Folks

January 13th, 2012
5:21 pm

If your ideal vacation invloves taking a cruise or you eat at a public restaurant that has a buffet you have zero credibility on the subject of healthy eating, obesity or what constitutes a reeasonably attractive dress size.
If you are a size 10 or larger, please just accept that you are overweight. Try to lose weight and stop making excuses and stop making your childrfen overweight. For the last time: big is NOT beautiful. It is dangerous.


January 13th, 2012
5:59 pm

According to a recent article in slate dot com, Marilyn Monroe was very small. It’s an urban myth that she was size 10 or 12 or 14.


January 13th, 2012
8:40 pm

Size 6 is plus only for corpses – two years later after the “departure.”


January 14th, 2012
9:13 pm

This is sad! A size 6 is no where near plus sized. I would say a 12-14 would be borderline. I am a size 4….not from exercising or lack of eating, just genetics. I work for the school system (elementary) and if a size 6 becomes the norm for plus size…..there is no hope for the children of the future. There self esteem will be shot to hell as if it’s notbad enough.


January 15th, 2012
1:24 am

In the end, it will all be blamed on “male-(fill-in-the-blank).”
“MEN” make us feel like we have to be a size 4!” “It’s a male-controlled fashion industry!” etc…
Most men don’t care what size you are as long as you’re comfortable in your own skin. Women put the majority of the pressure on themselves.
But, of course, it’s easier to just blame… even this post will be flamed shortly as misogynistic, I’m sure


January 15th, 2012
6:16 am

There’s a multi-billion dollar industry built around telling women there’s something wrong with their appearance, no matter what they look like. Why would anyone even want to be a size 0? Are they hoping to just disappear?

And, the earlier poster nailed it when he/she said that most fashion designers are gay men who want women to look like teenage boys, because that’s what turns THEM on!

Size 0

January 15th, 2012
12:55 pm

Hey “Sorry Folks,” I love you. I am 35 years old; I am 63 inches tall, 110lbs, 20% body fat. In the Summer, I weigh a bit less. I wear a 0 or a juniors 1 or a girls 16 pants or 14 shorts/skirts. Kids are so fat now that the juniors are smaller than the girls clothing. All fit loosely. I have a full time job, and I’m a mother. I am vegan, and I run. I have a ton of energy, and I am very healthy. I don’t get sick. I can actually do pull-ups; most women can’t. I wish other people could understand how happy and fit I am and how good being in shape feels.

Perfect Size 6

January 16th, 2012
12:36 pm

At Size 0 – i bet you’d just LOVE a biscuit right about now huh? :lol:


January 16th, 2012
1:42 pm

Clothes today ARE sized smaller to make the growing public feel “better”; however we’re all still in denial. If you’re over 40 yrs old and still have clothes from your youth in your closet or basement, they will be the true size of a 6, 8, 10, etc. I don’t think 0’s, 2’s or 4’s existed back then. For an accurate sizing, add “4″ to whatever size you see in the clothing stores today….that’s the real size!

Why is the ideal shape for a woman that of a 14 year old boy?

February 2nd, 2012
4:39 pm

“And, the earlier poster nailed it when he/she said that most fashion designers are gay men who want women to look like teenage boys, because that’s what turns THEM on!”

I wish this fact would get talked about more.

People (including myself) are afraid of being called homophobic if they state the above, but fashion designers don’t even hesitate to make size 12 women pariahs and refuse to manufacture clothes for them because they’re “fat” and don’t deserve it.