If you all recall, I took up some qualms with an anti-plus-size blogger a few weeks back for several reasons. One of those reasons was that she claimed a plus-size model and a thin one shouldn’t ever pose together in photos. In fact, she was disgusted at the images Plus-Size Model Magazine posted featuring two women of opposite body types. I’ve been thinking about this a lot. The truth is, it’s rare to see a thin model and a full figured one paired together for anything, let alone a high fashion shoot. I don’t think this has anything to do with the photos not looking glamorous enough, but rather that it’s just not something agencies or companies consider appealing or crowd inducing. Most brands are targeted at either thin women or plus-size ones, rarely both or those in between. But combining body types CAN work. And honestly, if done more, I think it could lead to better results for brands and shops looking to attract a broader range of shoppers.
To prove this, I partook in a photo shoot with my closest friend, who happens to be seven sizes smaller than me. She’s always weighed in the lower 100s, whereas I’ve usually stayed in the lower 200s. And I promise you…we got some gorgeous shots, the 100 pound difference between us adding a kind of special that you don’t see enough in photo shoots. Here you’re seeing two shots, one from our “Princesses in Woodstock” section and another from the evening wear portion. We had several outfit changes, but in the end whether we were dressed as Alice and Snow White or rocking the glam, the photos were lovely.
Our photographers, the same wonderful ladies who did the shoot of me in November, were exceedingly encouraging and a delight to work with. This goes to show that there are photographers out there who love shooting all types of people, whether they are thin, chunky, tall, short, broad shouldered or busty. There are photographers out there willing to capture every type of beauty — because there is beauty in every body type. Part of the reason I so enjoyed this shoot was obviously because I was being photographed with my best friend, who has been in my life for a decade and whom I love dearly. But whether this was the case or not, the point still stands: curvy and skinny CAN mix.