Stepping Out of the Plus-Size Looking Glass

Amanda M. Czerniawski

in Fashioning Fat

Published by NYU Press

Published in print January 2015 | ISBN: 9780814770399
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780814760079
Stepping Out of the Plus-Size Looking Glass

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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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