Do you know that women have at least one negative thought about themselves a day? Do you know that the negative thought is usually regarding body image? I thought about this as I read that designer Ralph Lauren had just retained “plus size model”, Robin Lawley, to spearhead his ad campaign.
Curious, I googled Robin Lawley and what I found were pictures of a stunning and beautifully proportioned woman who was anything but “plus size.” Robin is 6’ 2” and wears a size 12. A size 12 by today’s standards measures 38”-40” bust, 32” waist and 40”-41” hips. Keep in mind Robin is 6” 2” which we all would agree is extremely tall for a woman. Let me see if I can break this down for you—if you take Robin’s height and measurements then proportionately scale her size down for someone who is 5’ 6”, she would measure as follows; 35” bust, 27” waist and 36.5 hips, which is considered a size 4-6 or small. So why, at 6’ 2” is Robin considered a plus size? Our barometer for how we should look is a reflection of how we feel about ourselves and thanks to the fashion industry, some of us feel we are plus sizes when we are not. My suggestion would be to refer to the models on the runways as “minus sizes” and then maybe we can spend more time thinking about what men think about at least once a day. . . sex.