American model Tara Lynn covers the new issue of Spanish Elle. Landing a fashion magazine cover is still a major achievement for a “plus-size” model, so this is great. Tara Lynn told Elle that she’s “[looking] forward to the day that someone puts a plus-size model on the cover of a mainstream American magazine.”
Lynn also explains that she has no issue with the fashion industry’s marginalization of both plus-size models and, well, regular-size consumers. (The average plus-size model’s size falls between a 12 and 16, mirroring a great many American.) Asked if the industry needs more size diversity, Lynn replies:
“It is hard to make clothes look great on big women. The more fat there is on a body, the more variation there is in the shape of that body. And so it makes perfect sense that people are using a standard, clothes-hanger skinny body for it.”
She then adds that plus-size models should feature in more perfume or beauty ads, because, well, fragrance won’t be affected by body bulges. The thing is, though, that as her very own new Elle Spain editorial proves, clothes can look damn good on bodies that aren’t “clothes-hanger skinny.” And that should always be something the industry strives to represent.