First-Ever Plus-Size Show Hits N.Y.C. Fashion Week

09/16/2010 at 02:00 PM ET

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It wasn’t all stick-thin models ruling the runways during New York Fashion Week, as curvy stars like Nikki Blonsky, Gabourey Sidibe, model Emme and KayCee Stroh sat front row yesterday to take in the first-ever plus-size show during fashion’s most high-drama week. “This is a milestone in the plus-size community. We’ve never had anything like this,” Blonsky said at the presentation on Wednesday. “To be in New York City Fashion Week, which I think is the biggest fashion week in the world, to be here is just a huge thing for us.” And plus-size model Emme, couldn’t have agreed more: “You have to join forces to make a statement and to be part of a revolution. It’s monumental in its reach,” Emme told PEOPLE, adding, “I think the big statement that’s going to be made with this fashion show is not only going to be made within the full-figured community but I think it’s going to talk to the bottom line of design houses, designers, and business people involved in fashion,” she said. “Why don’t we make clothes above a size 12? Why don’t we load heavier in sizes 14, 16, and 18 in stores? Just change the buying style and let it be curve-friendly in the line.” See all the looks from the runway show at –Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester, reporting by Thailan Pham


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rebekah on

Dawn i cant agree more with you 10,12,14 thats the average size and its healthy. girls such as them in the picture except the third from the left are unhelathy and too heavy-not a realistic view for girls. In fashion its either size 0 or way to heavy and overweight. I am a size 12 and I wish I had more models to look up too.

Nell on

One word,

Meghan on

@Monica – actually, there IS such a thing as being “big boned”, your frame is either small, medium, or large. If you have a large frame, you would be “big boned”. And no, that has absolutely nothing to do with being fat.

Also, for all of the posters who are saying that the obsese people are using up your tax dollars, why don’t you get off your soapbox and start working on your healthcare system? Perhaps if American healthcare wasn’t such a joke, you could find some compassion for people who aren’t as perfect as you all seem to think you are.

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Sara on

Why do we have to have to have such extremes as stick thing and plus size? What happened to the size 6 to say, size 10??? Women who are fat or obese should not be held up as role models, and neither should dangerously thin women. Can’t we just have some normal, healthy common sense??

stacy murray on

That’s great! Now we only need to include petite models!

Isabella on

To the person signed “T” a fashion show for plus size women has nothing to do with denial. Why should obese people have to wear garbage or big sequined swans on their tops just because they are overweight? So in other words it’s ok for super thin, anorexic people to look good and be unhealthy but not obese people. I say have models for all shapes and sizes.

jess on

I agree people need to be healthy and not obese or anorexic. Models on the runmway are not a good example to 16 year old girls like me (Im a size 6) but then again Gabourey Sidibe seems to be telling me that its ok to be obese and unhealthy! its all too too much :S!

mike on

wow, some of these comments prove just how prejudiced people are about larger people. lemme guess.. you think they’re big because they eat too much eh? couldn’t possibly be because of health issues that have nothing to do with the amount of food consumed

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