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Fashioning Fat

Amanda M. Czerniawski

Published by NYU Press

Published in print January 2015 | ISBN: 9780814770399
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780814760079
Fashioning Fat

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Fashioning Fat takes us through a model’s day-to-day activities, first at open calls at modeling agencies and then through fashion shows and photo shoots. This bookshows that the mission of many of these models is to challenge our standards of beauty that privilege the thin body; they show us that fat can be sexy. Many plus-size models do often succeed in overcoming years of self-loathing and shame over their bodies, yet these women are not the ones in charge of beauty’s construction or dissemination. At the corporate level, the fashion industry perpetuates their objectification. Plus-size models must conform to an image created by fashion’s tastemakers, as their bodies must fit within narrowly defined parameters of size and shape—an experience not too different from that of straight-size models. Ultimately, plus-size models find that they are still molding their bodies to fit an image instead of molding an image of beauty to fit their bodies.

Keywords: fat; beauty; plus-size modeling; fashion

Book.  224 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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