Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Big Girl Magazines

Now, I'm sure you have seen me say I am a big girl. I'm not talking about "I'm a big girl now", no I mean I am a biggg girl. The last time I saw any size under a ten, I was in the fifth grade.

There, the secret is out! Relief. Naw, not really, but oh well!

I reveal this, cause I have an issue right in front of my eyes. An issue that has me pretty crazed right now.

Let me give you a little background...
Many years ago, a got a flyer in the mail. I thumbed through it and found a cute nightgown for only 6.99+tax. I ordered it in my big girl size and was very pleased. I then started getting a bunch of magazines from all over the place selling big girl clothes. After the first year of many magazines, I began to noticed a trend that was irritating to me then and still irritates me.

See if you can see, what is wrong with these pictures...

Well, did you figure it out?

Just in case you didn't...I'll tell you.

Nothing about those pics say here are some big girl clothes! None of these women are big girls! Now don't get me wrong, they are beautiful, gorgeous even.

Here's the issue...

How are big girls supposed to know what the garments are going to look like on their own bodies? Are we supposed to visually blow these models up?

I have gone through the whole magazine and all of the models look like (they put the smallest garment of the sizes they sell) the clothes are swimming on them.

I know that if I was to buy garment #3 (which I want to), it is not going to hang so lovely on me as it does the model.

Then they have to have this model for us to compare to...

Check out how skinny her arms are!

The bras are just as bad. They have some beautiful bras, but once you start putting bigger stuff in them, they don't look so great anymore. (Sorry guys, I'm not putting up pics of boobies)

I guess all I'm saying is...if they really want to appeal to the larger women, they need to get larger women as models or at least be true to what they are selling, which is BIG GIRL clothes!.

What do you think?


sas said... [Reply to comment]

i'm a US 10/12 with enormous boobs and I am totally with you. its ridiculous.

i love for underwear and they are now moving more into clothes. everything is cut beuatifully - really feminine.

they are awesome!

Ocean Girl said... [Reply to comment]

I am skinny and like you said, most clothes swim on me.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I don't know if it's true or not, but I've heard that big girl models ar actually a size 10/12. figures because super models are like a size 0 or 2, and we know not many people inreal life are like that. Why can't the fashion industry just get REAL?

Spot said... [Reply to comment]

I'm a big girl too! Wow. I'm not sure why I sounded so proud of that with that sentence. But yes, it's despicable that they put tiny little model girls in big girl catologues and where the heck are the magazines with my size models?? I'll tell some other alternate world where pudge is hott!

Anyway, I never buy from catalogues, I prefer to try stuff on. I don't know if you have a Cato store anywhere near you, but their big girl clothes are awesome. Trendy and stylish, but not to young and reasonably priced.


Joanie M said... [Reply to comment]

I hear ya!! Even those commercials for bras and panties for big girls get to me, because those women aren't big at all! Or their cellulite has been airbrushed out. Show me a lady with some back fat in one of those large women catalogs and I'll be impressed.

Stephanie Faris said... [Reply to comment]

I had a friend once who wanted to be a model. She convinced some guy who was looking for models to meet with her and talked me into going to Starbucks with her to meet him. She wanted to err on the side of caution, I guess. I was thinking, "How is she going to be a model?" She was beautiful, don't get me wrong, but models are painfully thin. Disgustingly thin. Within minutes of meeting her, he very politely told her she would fit more into the 'plus size' category. She got very offended and said "I'm a size 12. I'm NOT plus size. Plus size is above 14." Even I jumped in to explain, as did he, that in modeling, size 8 is plus size. Size 0 is more like regular models. Maybe 2.

It's stupid. It sucks. I could even see if they found size 12 or 14 models, as I've seen some plus size stores do...that's bad enough. But these girls are clearly thin enough to model regular size clothing. I say everyone should write the catalogs and complain.

mindy@thesuburbanlife said... [Reply to comment]

Preach on, Sister Woman! I'm a bigger gal myself and find these attempts at displying 'plus size' models extremely offensive. Moreover, extremely ridiculous! One trip around your local Walmart and a person can determine what 'plus size' really means (mean no offense, I'm a big girl who occasionally shops at Walmart). Oh, brother. =)

kendrasue said... [Reply to comment]

I completely agree. I am a 14 and I hate to see all the clothes marketed to people around my age that they don't even have my size in stores. And I like to try things on so catalogues are no go. I had to buy maternity stuff online becuase our Old Navy (which was really the only affordable/cute option) didn't carry it (or many options) in their stores. Lame.

Mrsbear said... [Reply to comment]

It really is frustrating to see girls in clothing ads that just don't reflect the general population. I know women with flabby bellies and thick legs don't fit in to people's idea of beauty, but neither do those girls with the stick arms that need to be force fed a cheese burger.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

You are absolutely right. Complain to the magazine.

Smart Mouth Broad said... [Reply to comment]

I totally agree with you. It would be different if they weren't marketing to "big girls". (if the clothing came in 0-22 and they used a skinny model) But if they are marketing to "big girls", they should use a big girl. They have millions of beautiful women to choose from. I say you should write them a letter. Let 'em know!

Eric said... [Reply to comment]

From what I've heard and seen over the years I can't imagine all the trouble girls have clothes shopping. Healthy curvy girls are great*, they shouldn't get a complex based on images from the magazines.

*in my humble opinion

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Sas...Thanks for the link, I will check them out.

Ocean Girl...A good friend of mine (very small and petite) had the same problem. She would have to get clothes from the little girls section.

Suzicate...I do believe that is true. For me being a size 16W, 10/12 is still to little for the plus size clothes.

Spot...Maybe not that we are proud, just real. With America being the fattest country, you would think pudge IS hot!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Joanie...Right, they totally mess with the pics to (I guess) be appealing.

Stephanie...I too, believe plus size starts at 14W! I am seriously thinking on complaining to that magazine.

Mindy...No offense taken, I also shop at WalMart occassionaly. Which as been a long time ago.

Kendrasue...Here lately I have only boughten a few items from the dollar general. I haven't ordered anything in a few years. I usually throw the mags away as soon as I get them, unfortunately I looked this time.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Mrsbear...Funny cause that is real close to what I told my hubby. I don't mind seeing women super thin, just not when they are trying to sell bigger clothing.

Grace...composing it in my mind already!

SMB...Very true, they do have millions of girls to choose from. They should have chose more wisely.

Eric...The only man to comment! Good for you! NO complex here, just want them to use models that reperents the size of clothing they are trying to sell. Thanks for being brave enough to join the convo.

Maureen@IslandRoar said... [Reply to comment]

I agree completely! Don't they even care who they're marketing to?
Nice shirts!