There has been a huge uproar in fashion scene after the statement from plus-size designer, Nicolette Mason. She said that the fashion needs diversity and a plus-size model being featured in a catwalk show should not be automatically a headline.
Nicolette Mason is plus-size designer, but she is also a blogger and she wrote that the fashion world went through major shift and due to that more and more pus-size models are present on the shows, but as she said that is still not enough, and headline for Ashley Graham is a clear proof of that. While presenting her new range in New York at Lord and Taylor this young designer said that as long as there are headlines about insignificant things like joining the model world of a plus-size model there will be lack of diversity. She also added that plus-size models should be regarded as normal models, and headlines should follow them if they make some success in their modeling career, not for things like this. You will not read a headline about some normal-size model starting her career on fashion show. Equality and diversity are two things fashion world lacks and this should change in future.
A body positive blogger, as Nicolette calls herself said that fashion world is finally turning to the right direction and season after season it is becoming more democratic. She continued and said that this previous season had many amazing moments for plus-size fashion designers and models. First there was Ashley that walked on H&M on Paris Fashion week and then there is Denise Bidot who opened Chromat show in New York. Candice Huffine, another plus-size model was featured in Sophie Theallet show and gossips about Beth Ditto’s plus-size clothing line also proven that the slow tide of change is sweeping through fashion world
She said that this change that is happening is a direct result of social media involvement. She said that social media provide platform for all people to express their desires and to show the world that they are there and they are different. She said that she has no problems in finding good plus-size pieces and more clothing lines will give her more variety to choose from, but she also said that it took several years to find stores that sell plus-size clothing pieces. She said that right now it is easier to find such stores but that those stores need more diversity in plus-size clothing.
She also mentioned of negative stigma that follows plus term. She said that plus is necessary and different defining terms would only bring confusion in the mix. Main issue is that plus as term for slightly bigger ladies is considered as negative and that plus-size ladies are less significant than normal-size girls.
Nicolette also said that stigma around plus-size models is just one out of many problems in fashion. She said that there is lack of racial diversity on catwalks as well and that needs change as well. In general, she concluded the final goal is to create a fashion world that has representation of all different directions on every fashion show.