Fashion Democracy

09/15/2010 09:57 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In this year of politicking, it's great to see some real democracy hitting the fashion scene. After all, it's only been 57 years of watching Fashion Week designers strut size 2 models down the runway when 62 percent of American women are size 12 and up. No vanity sizing in the world can close that gap. So, for the first time ever, there will be a plus-size runway show during the prestigious New York Fashion Week with women size 12, 14 and 16 looking fabulous in high heels and high fashion. Instead of a token size 14 walking the runway so everyone can feel PC,, the authority in plus size fashion and the third largest pure-play website, presents a full-fledged show with 18 of the industry's top plus-size models working their stuff.

The show also launches an innovative partnership between and The Creative Coalition, the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan social and political advocacy organization of the entertainment industry. By bringing together the leaders from fashion, media, arts, and entertainment, the two companies are getting people to talk about size prejudice, perceptions and misconceptions and to take a hard look at media portrayal and how it affects self-esteem in both adults and young girls.

It's simple...size is the last bastion of social prejudice and it should no longer be accepted or tolerated. Leading politicians and personalities are looking at health in America, which is appropriate and necessary. Equating health with size is outdated and dangerous. There is a positive way to ensure both mental and physical health, and with the vast majority of young girls saying they feel pressured by the fashion industry to be 'skinny', it's time to literally close the size gap of what is acceptable. That is why groups like The Girl Scouts of America have enlisted plus-size models in their PSAs to empower young girls to create positive body images and self-esteem. While leading fashion magazines like Italian Vogue and French Elle are recognizing the plus-size 'trend', and The Creative Coalition are saying self-esteem should always be in fashion.

It's not about celebrating size, it's about celebrating diversity in every aspect of who we are...class, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, size...and the list goes on. Is the first plus-size runway show reinventing the wheel? Probably not. Is it finally taking fashion down a far more realistic and inspiring road? We think it already has. The blogs are on fire and the media is captivated. The conversation has started and will not stop until self-limiting stereotypes are replaced by empowerment and self-esteem. It's a runway of's a runway we all want to strut on.