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Plus-Size Model

Monday, September 27, 2010

When we look to magazines and runways we are flooded with skinny models looking gorgeous in fashionable clothes. But when the average American women is a size 14 it’s hard to translate how some of those trends will fit. Well…times are a changing ladies as designer Marc Jacobs has been set to be the first fashion house to have a line that offers sizes bigger than 14. And with rising plus-size super models like Beth Ditto (a size 18) and Crystal Renn (a size 14) the fashion industry is bound to catch on. What do you think, should fashion designers advertise and have runway shows with plus-size models?
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great product wrote:
1) 9/27/2010 10:33:25 AM
DEFINETLY!!! I am a fabulous size 14 and love it! We are the norm and the skinn girls are the's about time someone did this. =)
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2) 9/27/2010 11:26:38 AM
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randomblogette wrote:
3) 9/27/2010 11:28:19 AM
I love this idea! I am a size 10 but I believe that it is ridiculous that the only models that are ever seen are a size 0. It sends such an unhealthy message to young girls!
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wil04078 wrote:
4) 9/27/2010 11:30:05 AM
Of course they should have plus-size shows and models! That is realistic. Not everyone is a size 0 or 2. I think it is wonderful to embrace women of all sizes and show that beauty does not depend on the number on a label.
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Momofmany wrote:
5) 9/27/2010 11:33:54 AM
Kudos Marc Jacobs! What took so long? Since there are so few size 0 women, it is ridiculous that they continue to have those women show the fashions. It's about time real women show what the fashions will really look like when we wear them.
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vrenee wrote:
6) 9/27/2010 11:34:02 AM
I <3 this story. I'm glad to see that the industry is FINALLY catering to REAL women!
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JadedCreative wrote:
7) 9/27/2010 11:35:45 AM
Make-up tips for plus size women would have made this much more relevant and interesting. There must be tips for more rounded faces??
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Gari wrote:
8) 9/27/2010 11:37:06 AM
I think it's a great initiative! The consumers will identify more with the regular women than they do with the skinny size 0's. It would be so good for an everyday woman's self esteem and will show the teenagers that beauty is not about being anorexic
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LolaMDA wrote:
9) 9/27/2010 11:37:35 AM
i think it is amazing. It just shows that just because they are plus sized doesnt mean they are overweight or obese. these women are gorgeous and in shape. I love the fact it shows our young girls there are more things to admire than the size 0 girls. Though they are beautiful in there own way, God made us all different for a reason. Fashion is finally starting to get it.
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Mandy Park wrote:
10) 9/27/2010 11:37:40 AM
I think that this is great. We need to present a more positive body image for young girls growing up. Not everyone is a size 3. We need to emphasize being healthy vs. being skinny!
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JCC wrote:
11) 9/27/2010 11:37:53 AM
I'm so glad that people are finally doing something about this! Self-image is EVERYTHING these days.. As a college girl, I know. From being scrutinized by guys at the bus stop to being judged by sorority sisters while trying to rush, the last place we need to feel bad about ourselves is in fashion. Thank goodness!
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KikiShoes wrote:
12) 9/27/2010 11:39:42 AM
I definitely think that all fashion houses should make clothes to fit bigger women. Or, at least, go up to a size 30! If the majority of the women in this country are a size 14 or more, how come there aren't more designers catering to us (the majority)? Skinny, thick, chubby, or superfat models should all be walking the catwalks together. We are all women, and face similar social struggles without this sizism thrown in to keep us separated. Skinnies and Fatties unite!
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Blondelle wrote:
13) 9/27/2010 11:40:04 AM
What about something in between? Why does it have to be either super skinny models or voluptous ones? What about models in a size 8-10 range or 10-12 range. A tiny percentage of size 0 models come by that size naturally and drugs and eating disorders abound for the women to stay those teeny sizes. As if that's not bad enough young girls who are an average weight are making themselves sick to look like that too. It's also all the actresses who are stick thin, and now men feel that unless their woman looks like that too, they aren't the ideal, and are somehow flawed. What needs to change is our ideal of the perfect figure and it's one with some meat on the frame. Breasts and hips were put there for a reason and they define women from men. A woman who is built like a boy with two half melon pieces of silicone stuck on to her chest should NOT be the ideal figure for a woman as it is now. The problem is that most of the male fashion designers like each other and women who don't look like boys make them uncomfortable. They need to start designing for real woman, with real woman body parts with clothes to celebrate those parts, instead of trying to hide them!
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Shay~ wrote:
14) 9/27/2010 11:42:05 AM
I think they should include plus-size models in runway shows!! they are just as beautiful :)
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MS AUGIE wrote:
15) 9/27/2010 11:48:50 AM
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ldlyinanna wrote:
16) 9/27/2010 11:57:43 AM
Absolutely we should have plus size models! I am thrilled to see this and to see that people are realizing that it is not just Americans who are becoming plus size but the world.
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Sobi wrote:
17) 9/27/2010 11:58:38 AM
I definitely think fashion designers should advertise and have runway shows with plus-size models!! Not only does it show that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes (which it does), it will make women everywhere feel better about themselves. These days, women especially try so hard to look like someone they are not. Promoting plus-size models would promote a healthy beauty both inside and out. It's a fabulous idea! Way to go, Marc Jacobs!
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jody68 wrote:
18) 9/27/2010 12:00:10 PM
i think its great to have plus size models. ita about time marc jacob opened the rest of the industries eyes. we cant all be size 0-7 and the plus size models are beautiful. but why should they be called plus size? id be happy when they are just models. leave out the size.just people showing beautiful designs
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kjaye wrote:
19) 9/27/2010 12:04:37 PM
I think the idea of plus-size models is a long time coming, and I also agree with the other commenter who pointed out that there should be an in-between (8-12) size as well. My real dream, though, is that one day there will be a petite (i.e., short)-size model... I'm 5'1", and I'd love to see clothes modeled on someone my height.
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Krisinct wrote:
20) 9/27/2010 12:05:09 PM
Yes - I am a size 14 and find it so hard to relate to any kind of magazine articles stating what is "Hot" this year - all they show are very thin girls wearing the styles - it is hard to envision how it would look on a "normal" person! Thanks!
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VenturaDi wrote:
21) 9/27/2010 12:05:35 PM
Absolutely! It's impossible to tell how an outfit would look on my plus-size body when it's worn by a stick thin model. It would also give us a lift to be represented in the fashion world.
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Bingnessa wrote:
22) 9/27/2010 12:07:39 PM
Absolutely! Women come in all shapes and sizes. What looks good on thinner women doesn't necessarily flatter larger (aka "average) women, so it makes sense to have fashion lines that are tailored to specific sizes. I', 5'9" and a size 14 at my absolute thinnest, so I definitely welcome any designer who could make more fashionable clothes for other women like me.
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betsykate wrote:
23) 9/27/2010 12:12:57 PM
plus size models are more real
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Lynns81 wrote:
24) 9/27/2010 12:13:08 PM
I think it's great and it'a about time! It's nice to see a normal size woman, not everyone is a size 0. Not to mention larger size clothing does not always look as good as it does on a skinny model. I say every designer should start embracing this trend!
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Britk wrote:
25) 9/27/2010 12:15:07 PM
I think this is a great idea. I'm a thicker female myself, and I'm constantly down on myself because I don't look skinny like models. It's in the media everywhere that we should be only 125 pounds. I'm so sick of it. There is nothing wrong with being a fuller figure human being.
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snowangel801 wrote:
26) 9/27/2010 12:35:41 PM
Yes I think that runways should have plus-size models because everyone is beautiful, no matter what their size, especially the very unrealistic size 0s that appear on the runways. They look very unhealthy! Plus-size is beautiful and makes everyone feel that they are normal and they deserve fashionable clothing, too!!
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BDJE wrote:
27) 9/27/2010 12:36:46 PM
Absolutely not. It is doing the same thing as having the size 0 models. Now they're telling women and girls it's ok to be fat. Being overweight is unhealthy, there's no further argument. Children are developing diabetes before the age of 10 because society is getting fatter each generation. Women should strive for a healthy BMI and not look to society's definition of beautiful. It's never healthy or natural.
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Tyrina wrote:
28) 9/27/2010 12:37:19 PM
Yes I would love to see more plus size models in print and on the runway. I never like fashion shows because I feel they don't cater to plus size women.
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GreenEyedGoddess wrote:
29) 9/27/2010 12:41:55 PM
I think we are well beyond the time for it!! Besides most of us women are what is deemed "plus size" instead of normal!!!! Yay for women of substance...
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santz wrote:
30) 9/27/2010 12:43:13 PM
Yes!! I would love to see more plus size models. It,s hard to believe that plus size women are not beautiful. It shouldn't matter what size you are, beauty should know no boundaries. I think the young women growing up now have enough to worry about and should not focus on their weight as one of those negative parts of their body. If you are healthy in mind, body and soul and you respect yourself and others then you have beauty that is timeless and endless.
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angellynn261 wrote:
31) 9/27/2010 12:45:31 PM
Heck yes! It only makes sense, since the majority of "real" women are not skinny minnies. The average woman has curves, and clothing designers should have a clothing line that is marketed toward them. After all, they make up the largest part of the consumer market.
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pinklips wrote:
32) 9/27/2010 12:54:43 PM
Absolutely, they should use plus-size models. The majority of American woman are are least a size 14 or larger. What is wrong with the people in New York (fashion world) not everyone eats a cracker a day.
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MDpageantmama wrote:
33) 9/27/2010 1:05:35 PM
Yes there should be plus sized models. Designers should do more to appeal to real sizes of real people.
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Gemma 38 wrote:
34) 9/27/2010 1:10:14 PM
Yes they should have show with bigger sized models but why do they have to be called plus size models if they are the norm in society? Maybe they should come up with a different name for those that are size 0 or 2.
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Wanda wrote:
35) 9/27/2010 1:10:52 PM
Absolutely they should use "normal body type" models. They are healthier looking than their emaciated counterparts. I believe most men prefer a woman with a little meat on her bones. Why is Marilyn Monroe still mentioned when they ask for a sex symbol?
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Pixie girl wrote:
36) 9/27/2010 1:27:24 PM
Of course they should. Beautiful curvy women are far more attractive than those thin wafe models that look like 12 year old boys. They represent the "real" women of the world and should be able to shop at any clothing store with the same fashions in all sizes, and parading their beauty on the runway draped in high fashion and couture garments is the perfect way to "REPRESENT"! the real women of the world.
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weluvfashiontoo wrote:
37) 9/27/2010 1:47:11 PM
This has long been overdue! The fashion world needs to come out of the closet and realize what's really out there...and what's really beautiful!!
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VelvetD wrote:
38) 9/27/2010 2:23:18 PM
I think t is ridiculous to keep using pre-pubescent looking waif-like nymphs to advertise fashion, when REAL women are much healthier looking. I am a comfortable size twelve and I want to see the way clothing makes a plus-size model look. How else am I going to decide if it is right for me? And when did sizes 12 and 14 become "plus-size" anyway? Marilyn Monroe wor a 12!!! Jane Russel wore a 14!!! They were gorgeous! Men want curves, not drug-addicted looking anorexic boy-child pencil-thin wisps of a person. I hear it all the time.
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CJ2010 wrote:
39) 9/27/2010 2:49:13 PM
About time! It would be nice to see what the clothes actually look like on a woman my size (18). I still don't understand why even the big women catalogs show size 6 and 8 women in their clothes. Why? Do they think size 6 and 8 women actually buy a size 2XL? Only if they are buying it for someone else. Wake up! To Marc Jacobs: THANK YOU!
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Rhapsody wrote:
40) 9/27/2010 3:20:46 PM
Absolutely. Most women are not a size 0 and I am tired of seeing clothes on women that don't give a true reality of what they would look like on a standard size woman. It is also a little unnverving to hear models called "Plus Size" for a size 14 woman! My perception is not that a woman in size 14 - which is voluptuous and beautiful as "Plus Size"
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Dezzydez wrote:
41) 9/27/2010 6:18:11 PM
i am loving that there are finally including lines for plus size ladies :)
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Luscious Nerd wrote:
42) 9/27/2010 2:43:48 PM
There should be no separate plus size division but rather a single division of women of all shapes and sizes. But caution should be used. Just as it is unhealthy to be too thin it is also unhealthy to be past a certain weight--for the sake of diabetes and heart disease. I think variety is beautiful. But I don't see any Native American or Middle Eastern models on the runway.
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staticbooking wrote:
43) 9/27/2010 3:34:21 PM
It's about time more people recognize the fact that there are more beautiful plus-size women in the world than waif-like, stick figures. Even size 14 should not be considered plus-size! And plus-size women would like to have stylish, fun, and sexy clothes more readily available as well. Not all clothes are created equal, just like not all women are shaped the same way. We are not cookie cutters, nor should we be forced to dress cookie cutter. Thanks for listening! ;)
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NoniBologni wrote:
44) 9/27/2010 4:06:36 PM
I have been stuck on both "sides of the fence" and now see the criticism big women go through. I honestly could not believe the treatment I got from other WOMEN, the men still kind (HUH??)! Seeing the physical condition of todays teens and young adults, I hope like hell someone starts a DRASTICALLY NEEDED change in their eyes! I fear for young girls today- They just look HUNGRY!!!- GO PLUS-SIZE GIRLS!!!
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amhale11 wrote:
45) 9/27/2010 4:54:46 PM
FINALLY!!! I think it'a great idea, but I think they should get rid of the size zero models altogether and use only size 8+ models. I've never understood the point of using stick thin models... why would anyone want to advertise women's clothes on someone who looks like a 10-year-old boy?! I applaud Marc Jacobs, and hope that soon other designers will follow suit!
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46) 9/27/2010 6:12:18 PM
i'm OUTRAGED! even though i am a size 2, i find this plus size modeling to be offensive when the girls in the pictures don't look plus size! these girls don't look bigger than a size 10, that isn't plus size to me. if you're going to bash the modeling/fashion industry for having overly skinny girls, make sure your plus size models are PLUS SIZE..truly show that you *STAND BEHIND GIRLS OF ALL SIZES!* many people would be lucky to be as small as these "plus size" models.
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gmafudge wrote:
47) 9/27/2010 6:39:42 PM
It's about time that designers realize that the majority of women are not a size 0. Taking a design for a size 0 or 2 and then just adding more material for larger sizes does not usually make the clothes flattering for the plus-size woman. I think we should see runway shows and TV commercials showing plus size women in plus-size, flattering clothing.
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chloemcgillicuddy wrote:
48) 9/27/2010 7:09:28 PM
I WANT TO KNOW who makes that gorgeous white bathing suit that model has on. Im a size 14 and all I can say its about time!
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Trecester wrote:
49) 9/27/2010 8:14:27 PM
Hey. I definitely beleive designers should show plus-size models. It would make me a follower of their designs. Many times it is hard to find trendy close and not look like your wearing your mothers clothes. I hate plus size market.
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Tante1 wrote:
50) 9/27/2010 11:49:44 PM
Yes! Plus size women want fashionable clothing. Lane Bryant, Avenue, and other plus size stores often have clothing which is too matronly. I would also like to see plus-size models with various body shapes - pear, apple (like me), large busted, muffin top, midriff rolls, etc. Just as thin people come in different shapes so do plus size women.
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Tabby749 wrote:
51) 9/28/2010 1:29:09 AM
Absolutely! It's about time the world woke up and recognized that not only super-skinny women are beautiful! Curves are even more gorgeous and feminine.
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52) 9/28/2010 1:56:25 AM
beyond yes! most models are MUCH smaller than your average woman - what looks great on them won't look great on anyone else. the average "size" woman in the US is 12-14! we need reflections of US, not unattainable standards that lead to things like anorexia!!
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SmrtLkAFox wrote:
53) 9/28/2010 9:58:32 AM
How about even just a compromise and meet in the middle? Using size 10, 12, and 14 should give EVERYONE the ability to envision themselves wearing something. Not to mention, it is such a healthier and more beautiful look than a starved looking woman who has zero curves.
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its about time wrote:
54) 9/28/2010 10:25:00 AM
There aren't many smaller sized girls around. I am a plus size girl and I don't not m.ind spending the money to to be fashionable. To be honest, the designers will make a huge profit...jst we may have an extra roll doesn't mean that we dnt like flaunt in d&g, or marc jacob, etc...I love to dress up...finding clothes is the problem
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jack_sprat wrote:
55) 9/28/2010 10:37:21 AM
I think this is a good and bad idea. On the one hand it would be nice to see what these designer clothes would look like on the average woman. On the other hand America's problem with obesity shouldn't be promoted as being okay either. Even though the women shown look beautiful, and not over weight, it's still a big problem, at least in the US. Most people realize that the models we are used to seeing on the runway are at a fantasy size. What will happen to the fantasy, if the average model size is a 14?
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tamisue wrote:
56) 9/28/2010 10:41:47 AM
Finally, models that resemble the majority of woman. My daughter is 5'10 and will never be a size 2. These plus size models show how clothes look on real woman!
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DomesticDiva wrote:
57) 9/28/2010 11:26:21 AM
Absolutely!! It is important for designers to be realistic in their creation of fashion lines. Since the majority of people that will actually be purchasing items are not size 2 or 4's. I think that the fasion world needs to be more accomadating to us "curvy girls".lol
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Kristen81 wrote:
58) 9/28/2010 11:44:41 AM
Absolutely! I also think a compromise would be ideal -- women in the size 10-12 range would allow all women to see how the look could translate to their size. I think a healthy body image is what's important. Just because a size 16 is a healthy size for a 5'11 model doesn't mean it's a healthy size for a 5'4-5'6 woman. Health ans wellness should be what's important.
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HawgHen wrote:
59) 9/28/2010 1:53:44 PM
Without a doubt, a resounding YES!! Not everyone is, or wants to be, a size 0. We come in all shapes & sizes and clothes should be made to fit everyone. Designers would be doing themselves a favor by widening their base.
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kbphat wrote:
60) 9/28/2010 7:25:56 PM
yes they really should, I think sdvertising really skinny girls makes other girls want to be like them causing them to go anorexic and stuff, but by doing this it might change the minds of those girls to be comfortable in their own skin and not go on a crazy diet. Big women are just as beautiful as a skinny girl.
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canarylady wrote:
61) 9/28/2010 8:58:00 PM
yes i do cause alot of full figured women would love more updated fashions
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oigwe wrote:
62) 9/28/2010 11:35:12 PM
Absolutely ! But I feel that the plus size catagory should not have separate runway shows and ad campaigns, but I believe that designers should design in their seasons shows that incorporate women of all sizes, so that the stratification between skinny and fat become more dulled in the fashion world
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pomer27 wrote:
63) 9/29/2010 11:20:38 AM
yes ti think they should have plus size runway shows and i should be on of them.i love to see fashion designers focus on plus size clothing. that's where the business is going to be,no one is skinny anymore.
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antoniamaestre wrote:
64) 10/10/2010 11:32:18 AM
I am a size 12. So I am not too small and not too plus either. It is very hard to find clothes for myself. I was recently in a boutique here in Puerto Rico and a gentlemas who worked there just told me; "We don't have anything in your size here". How rude and hurtful!!!
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