Vogue responds to 'plus size' backlash with lingerie 'for all shapes and sizes' shoot

In a week that plus size models have hit the headlines Vogue publishes a lingerie shoot for 'all shapes and sizes'

Emma Akbareian
Thursday 13 November 2014 16:31

In the wake of the industry backlash about diversity in the fashion industry, a new shoot published by American Vogue yesterday celebrates bodies 'in all shapes and sizes'.

You'd be hard-pressed to have missed the controversy that surrounded Myla Dalbesio, a Calvin Klein underwear model who appeared in Elle magazine described as 'plus sized.'

The interview with the model instantly sparked a huge internet response with consumers taking issue with Dalbesio at a UK size 14, being considered as 'plus size.'

Now it seems Vogue has waded in with what is a very well-timed shoot featuring models in a broad range of sizes.

To preface the shoot the headline reads: “Give me a D! Give me an F!” Because Gorgeous Bras Come in All Shapes and Sizes."

The shoot which was photographed by Cass Bird features models Candice Huffine, Ashley Graham, Marquita Pring,Tara Lynn and Inga Eiriksdottir all sporting lingerie.

In contrast to the consumer outrage earlier this week, many Twitter users have responded positively to Vogue's shoot:

Commenting on the controversy earlier this week a spokesperson for Calvin Klein said:

"The Perfectly Fit line was created to celebrate and cater to the needs of different women, and these images are intended to communicate that our new line is more inclusive and available in several silhouettes in an extensive range of sizes."

In an interview with Elle magazine, 5ft 11inch Dalbesio was described as "surprisingly" a plus size model

Dalbesio also responded to the backlash:

"I love that I get to be a part of this conversation, about size and body image and that I get to represent a brand like Calvin Klein. They didn't introduce this campaign for shock value, they simply included what some would refer to as a "normal size" girl in their advertising, right next to other girls of varying sizes and shapes" she said.

"I love that by opening this discussion, I can also (hopefully) open some doors for other models, friends of mine, that have always straddled the line between straight size and plus. True body diversity doesn't mean only sizes 0's and 2's then jumping to size 16 and up. There is a middle ground."

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