This chapter explores the impact the various plus-size fashion professionals—the models, agents, and designers—have on cultural representations of fat bodies. The fashion machine hides the backstage labor process from consumers, who never see the physical labors a model endures to fit an image dictated by fashion professionals. Fashion also ignores health concerns. Instead, consumers receive a commercial image of a “plus-size” beauty: joyful, desirable, and free from bodily imperfections—in short, a fantasy.
Keywords: cultural representations; health; fantasy
Chapter. 4904 words.
Subjects: Gender and Sexuality
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