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Encyclopedia > Plus size model

A plus-size model is a fashion model who wears a dress size 12, or higher (in North American sizing). The term invariably refers to female models, and is most commonly encountered in the fashion world. A model is a substitute for or an abstraction of a specific thing. ... The term fashion applies to a characteristic means of expression or presentation; fashions may follow trends, in which they gain or lose popularity. ...


Plus-size models who acquire mass-media celebrity status are sometimes referred to as "plus-size supermodels."


Plus-size modeling is seen by some as a revival of the voluptuous Classical ideal of feminine beauty, as defined by sculptures such as the Venus de Medici and the Winged Victory of Samothrace--i.e., the aesthetic ideal that generally prevailed throughout Western history, until well into the twentieth century, when more androgynous standards began to emerge. The word classical has several meanings: Pertaining to the societies of the classical antiquity, ancient Greece or Rome. ... The Winged Victory of Samothrace The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called Nike of Samothrace, is a marble sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory), discovered in 1863 on the island of Samothrace (Greek: Σαμοθρακη, Samothraki) by the French consul and amateur archaeologist Charles Champoiseau. ...


Past and present models considered plus-size include:

Sophie Dahl (born September 15, 1979) is a British model and author. ... Mia Tyler (born December 22, 1978 in Hanover, New Hampshire) is an American model, generally regarded to be one of the more well-known plus-size models. ...

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