Regular Size Girl in a Marie Claire World!


Ok, I gotta beef. Paging through the October Marie Claire mag, I come to page 118 and the Big Girl in a Skinny World column. Ok, ladies, I get it. Really I do. If you are a size 16+ like the writer of the column, there is a lot stuff you simply can’t wear, wouldn’t be caught dead in or just plain looks bad on your zaftig figure. Skinny jeans, leggings, A-line dresses? So be it.

But the magazines already cater to the size 0 and 2 sector. These are the sample sized clothes given to them by designers, worn by the models, lain out in the photography, and anyone who can’t fit into size 0 or 2 is basically screwed.

So if you’re not a size 0-2 and you’re not a size 16+ what the ef are you supposed to wear, Marie Claire?

Here’s the real skinny: Sizes 0-2 get a whole magazine filled with the stuff they should wear. Majority of those clothes look stellar on petite frames. And if size 16+ has such a hard time finding the right clothes that they warrant a column telling them what kind of jeans to look for, how to pick a coat that flatters and what hemline  is best for dresses, what about the rest of us?

And that’s a lot of us. Where’s the column for us average babes? I mean honestly? We ain’t plus size. And we aint skinny minny’s. I’m talking about us 4s,6s,8s,10s, 12,s and 14s…you know, most of us are somewhere here in the mid range.

Why not a column to tell us 8s and 10s what coat flatters and where our hemlines should fall when we’re a size 4 or 6? Where’s the column that tells the 12s and 14s (The average dress size of American women) what looks best on their body because if you haven’t noticed not everyone is a size 0-2 and not everyone is a size 16+ but a whole hell of a lot of us are size 4-14!
Let me know when you’re really ready to help the average reader, Marie Claire. I might be available to write that column for ya!


Regular Size Girl in a Marie Claire World!



About stilettonation

Jennifer Nelson is a writer working on Stiletto Nation: Inside the Perfumed Pages of the Women's Magazine Industry to be published Fall of 2012 by Seal Press. Stop in and read about the great, the awful and the insane in the fragrant pages of the women's glossies.

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