Cadenza suspects the marketroids who sell “plus-size” clothing for women of thinking along these lines:
“Well, I guess we need models and such for our clothes. Hrm. We *could* pick models 5’11” or taller. At least that way nobody can bitch that we are using models who are less than a size 10. Because, you know, even though the average female is 5’4″, we wouldn’t want our models to represent our clothes the way they would fit the average customer. Yeah. I think that we should stick to models who are technically bigger than a size 10, but whose bodies look nothing like the average person buying our clothes. Because we don’t want our models to make anyone feel good. Mostly we just want them to function like every other model. To make women feel like they *neeeeeed* our clothes to be pretty. Oh, and if we can’t find any women much taller than average, let’s find women with really exaggerated proportions. And if, on the off chance they bitch anyway, we’ll just say it is the modeling industry’s fault.”
As a Person of Size in my own right (and in a different gender), I suppose I should be grateful that vendors will attempt to sell me the same sort of stuff worn by my thinner brethren at 1.9 times the price, of course.
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