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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Sonia Shaban Ali on

I’m all for celebrating “normal” size BUT obesity is a disease and could be harmful to your health just like eating disorders.

Christina on

Emme and KayCee are plus sized, Nikki and Gabourey are morbidly obese. I don’t understand why it is such a horrible thing to say so either. Yes hollywood shows us stick thin models that are nothing like average women, but the average woman isn’t 300+ pounds either. Just like showing unrealistically thin models causes some women to feel they need to be that thin and be unhealthy to get, showing women that are morbidly obese and championing it gives women and excuse to say their unhealthy habits are okay too. It is not healthy to be that overweight and they can’t possibly have a healthy lifestyle and stay that size, their body would naturally lose weight, even if they weren’t doing more than eating healthy and minor exercise, like walking a few times a week. And I can’t believe somebody said they’re not fat they’re just short. Seriously? The shorter you are the less you should weigh, that is why height is taken into account when determining whether someone is at a healthy weight.

sally on

OMG, REAL plus size models! Thank god we are not calling size 10 models plus size today!

JoD on

Okay, so I never comment on anything, but I’d have to agree with some commenters. As a size 18 myself, I do not think we should be applauding a “revolution” of accepting obesity in our country. I’m sorry, I do NOT care what your body type is /blah blah blah, if you’re a size 18, you’re in need of a weight loss program. This is not a monumental occasion, it is sad that as a country we need a fashion show that exemplifies obesity. How about we focus on “normal” models that are fit and sizes 6-12? I for one am on my way down the scale and am proud of becoming healthier and more active.

MaryEllen on

Glad all women are starting to be represented.
Now, let’s add some really great middle age women………….like me! I would be perfect as both middle age and plus size.

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Bria on

There shouldn’t be plus sized models, just models. A model’s weight shouldn’t be as important as it is, as long as the clothes look good on them, I think it shouldn’t matter.

Angela on

Thank you so much for this article!! Finally our voices are being heard! I cannot tell you how honored I am to be a ‘plus’ size model and to help spread the message of self love and healthy living for women of every size, shape, and age. It is so important for girls and women to feel represented! All women of every size are beautiful and unique in their own way, I applaud diversity, this fashion show looked amazing. I really wish I could have been there to cheer everyone on. This is only the beginning! Many of the models from the show are featured on our blog Plus-Size Models Unite. They have shared their personal stories, beauty tips, and given amazing advice on loving the skin you are in. Thank you for this article!!!!

debbie on

Finally REAL beauty!

Angela on

Thank you so much for this article!!! It is about time and I couldn’t be happier for everyone involved in making this happen. Many of the models on the runway for this show have interviewed with us at They have shared inspirational stories, beauty and fashion tips and much more. We would love to have you check out our blog! The more young girls and women see themselves represented in a positive and beautiful way, the more confident and self assured women will become. As important as it is to raise confident children, they are influenced a lot by the media and it is time that the media redefines their definition of beauty. Beauty comes in every size, shape, and age. Thank you for this article!!

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