By Daisy Dumas
Leslie Jones stuck it to the fashion naysayers in a big way when she stole the show in scarlet, diamonds and attitude at the Ghostbusters premiere – a triumphant ending to an episode that, not for the first time, exposed the ugly underbelly of fashion and its seemingly immoveable stance on body norms.
Looking a million dollars, the scorecard that night was firmly Jones 1, industry 0.
Now, fashion blogger Liz Black has lobbed another grenade towards designers and stylists who refuse to budge when it comes to sample sizes worn by models on runways.
Her series at agender fashion site You Do You sees the “pluz-size” – unhelpful term as it is – blogger modelling a collection of sample size wears, far from realistic as they are for the 67 per cent of Americans who wear a size 14 (Australian 18) or above.
She’s pushing for more inclusiveness and diversity in the fashion world, as she told People magazine:
“I hope to see the fashion industry become more inclusive,” said Black. “It doesn’t mean that we have to lose that body type, and I’m not body shaming people who are naturally thin, but very often these models are being instructed to keep their bodies smaller than they would be naturally to fit into these sample sizes.
“Representation is incredibly important, and it starts at this level, because mass marketers look to these high-end designers and what’s coming down the runway. With that trickle-down, it’s important for designers at that level to show inclusivity and representation.”
Over to the irreverent – and powerful – series by Black: