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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Susan Lewis on

PS- My skeleton is a size 14, then you add organs , muscle, and skin, ok? I’m heavy too, but I am just about 6 feet tall. That presents a few interesting problems. My daughter is 5’1, 102 lbs, size 0. Not a starving 0, a natural petite.

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DJ on

It is not okay to be plus size, go to the gym girls and put down that krispy Kreme.

Ash on

THATSWHATIWANT.COM; For all the ladies out there that are happy in their skin, and just want clothes to fit the way they are supposed to, go check this website out!! For sizes 12, 14 and 16

Gennifer on

I agree that this is not about beauty. This is about saying it’s OK to be obese, which is not true. Just as anorexia is unhealthy, so is obesity and our society is leaning toward the latter with the dependence on GMO, processed, toxic, and fast food. Ladies, go hit a farm market, get some grass fed beef, and get some fresh air and exercise. Stop whining that the fashion industry makes sizes too small.

Jeena on

This is amazing!!! Thank you for doing something that celebrates all beautiful body types

Kiki on

I agree with Dawn, size 10, 12, & 14 would be the average size for most women. Not size 0 or 16+.

Angel on

Nice to see that the world is embracing plus-sized women more! I am a plus-sized girl & I know you can still be a bigger girl and look good! And date attractive men :-)

Amber Ponticelli on

Just like how size 0 is unhealthy this is as well. I’m really tiny naturally and I can admit that some of the size 0 models are unhealthy looking just like plus size women should do the same. They need to have (I live a healthy lifestyle fashion show)!!! Come on kids choice one, embrace not eating and being really skinny like a model!!! Or choice two, embrace not exercising and eat junk food and get really fat like a model!!! Sad…

MM on

I actually don’t agree with a lot of people – who’s to say what’s “average” or “normal” sized? For some people size 0 is normal, for others it’s a 9. Size is nothing but a number. Instead, we should really just go by the old “small, medium, and large” titles. Who cares what the number on the tag says?

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