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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What? on

I think it’s wonderful that everyone has an option to wear beautiful clothes.

However, I disagree with promoting being obese as a lifestyle choice. (ie the show Huge) It’s not the same as choosing to wear your hair blonde or red or brunette. It’s not healthy for Americans to be overweight/obese, or anorexic. Both extremes are bad for our health and we have more diseases and problems than ever before. It’s time that we take a good look at our diet and exercise and make changes, instead of making life easier as an overweight/obese person.

AJ on

Great, good job fashion world. Hopefully we are getting somewhere. Can we get avarage size shows now? What about people like me, size 8-12? What about women with breast’s small waist and hips (hourglass)? Let’s get Christina Hendrix to promote that or Kim Kardashian!

Martha on

T, get real! Size 12 is not obese! We are so used to seeing super skinnies in ads, that normal weight seems fat. Obesity is a different issue.

Cinders on

Keep in mind, Marilyn Monroe would today be considered “plus”-sized. And truthfully, some of us cannot go below a size 16 and still be healthy. or 12. Just ask Crystal Renn!

dlee1 on

The two on the left are not too heavy they are just too short. Tall women can carry the heavy weight better than short women. I just wish they could see a picture of themselves at half their size and they would never get this big again. Precious needs to talk to Jennifer Hudson and sign up with Weight Watchers. The real truth is that none of them have to be this big, they pretend to be happy in their skin but deep down you know they would be happier and healthier at half the size. Come on girls, you’re beautiful, get healthy and loose that weight.

Jon on

That’s nice to hear, best of luck to The First-Ever Plus-Size Show hitting N.Y.C.

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happy to be me on

Jason does that mean they would need a magnifying lens to take a picture of you because you are clearly a small BOY!

Natalie on

They all look beautiful!

Shameful on

Though I agree that anorexic appearing models aren’t good examples of what a woman should look like, neither is the opposite. Healthy, yes; overweight, no. . . neither is healthy. As it is, I’m a size 5 at 5’4″ and I can hardly find clothes my size in department stores anymore because most stores are only carrying size 8 and up. Get REAL people! Proportionate should be paraded, not samples of those catering to the current health epdiemic.

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