For all the talk about including "real women" in fashion spreads, it seems like plus-size models only pop up on special occasions, like Vogue Italia's all-plus size issue or a controversial nude photospread juxtaposing a fat body with a skinny one.
So, after a few months of quiet on the plus-size front, S Moda has put the spotlight back on bigger models and the never-ending body conversation. Candice Huffine, famous for being one-third of Vogue Italia's memorable plus-size cover shoot, poses for photographer Damon Baker for a cover story entitled "Una mujer real," or "A Real Woman."
Her editorial, filled with Fifties-themed pinup shots, is accompanied by a surprisingly in-depth article that looks to psychology, anthropology, literature and pop culture to explain why the classic womanly shape, praised for centuries, has been replaced by a skinnier ideal.
S Moda also turns to Candice herself, asking the Maryland-born model about her own experiences. Huffine sounds an optimistic note:
[The Vogue Italia] editorial opened the eyes of the industry and proved that we are beautiful, sexy and good models. Now people want to see more.
She added that when it comes to airbrushing, the industry is also advancing:
"Past disputes [over Photoshop] have made the industry understand the people what they want to see is real girls."
We hope she's right. While Huffine's S Moda shoot is gorgeous, it still seems so niche. The spread is framed by the conversation about body image, rather than simply the latest spring styles or a retro pinup theme. Moreover, as is common with many plus-size shoots, Huffine is naked, as if calling extra attention to her body.
As xoJane.com once put it, "Yes, plus-size bodies are so very sexy, but they most also necessarily be functional. We can't spend all our days lolling about in the glamorous nude." If plus-size models are just like their skinnier counterparts, why are they so often deprived of their clothes?
See Candice's latest cover and click to SModa.ElPais.com to see the rest of the shoot. What do you think of the nude photo?
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(French Revue de Modes photo)