PLUS Model Magazine editor and part-owner Maddy Jones was kind enough to reach out to yesterday to clarify the ongoing debate about plus-size women, such as Bajan singer Rihanna and model Ashley Graham, pictured at the AOL Build on Wednesday in NYC.

Ms. Jones responded to my posts about Rihanna who, like Ashley, is now a role model for plus-size women.

According to the latest statistics, more than 2 in 3 adults are overweight or obese. The stats includes the blog owner and many of my readers who emailed me expressing their negative views about being overweight.

My hope is that this debate will lead to more positive attitudes and stop body shaming overweight individuals.

Ms. Jones writes:

Hi Sandra,

My name is Maddy Jones, the editor and part owner of PLUS Model Magazine.

One of my contributors alerted me to this article where PLUS Model Magazine is quoted without a link to where we said it. I started the magazine 11 years ago, and while I can’t remember everything that we have ever written, our beliefs about sizing in the plus size industry is VERY different than what was quoted.

The plus size industry works with models as small as size 6, but PLUS Model Magazine believes that plus size begins at a size 12/14. This is where most plus size fashion brands begin offering clothing to us.

We have been pushing for size diversity for many years. See below:

Plus-Size Bodies – What is Wrong With Them Anyway?

Size Model Magazine Fights Body Shaming

The plus size modeling industry is certainly changing thanks to the outpouring of support for campaigns who offer size diversity such as the #ThisBody from Lane Bryant, but we still have a long way to go. If you are ever looking to quote PLUS Model Magazine please feel free to reach out to me directly. And if you have the link to where you pulled the quote I would love to see it. Thank you for your time.


Madeline Figueroa Jones
PLUS Model Magazine

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