03/01/2011 05:59 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'Real Life' Models Move Magazines

The narrative of "plus-size" (translation: "normal-size") models in the fashion industry has built to a fever-pitch in the past few years. Weight has been a powerful force for fashion magazines in particular, showing the ability to boost -- or harm -- major titles. There was the overwhelming reaction to Glamour's inclusion of model Lizzie Miller, shown happily nude at 5'11″ and 180 pounds, in the September 2009 issue. Then 2010 brought a tempest for Marie Claire blogger Maura Kelly, after she openly criticized overweight people on her blog. The retribution was harsh and swift.

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