Toronto Fashion Week Writer Rants Against People Who Laugh at Plus-Size Models
Is there anything worse than a snarky, sizeist fashion snob?
Kevin Naulls wrote about a bad fashionista experience in a piece for the Toronto Standard titled "Toronto Fashion Week: Where People Laugh at Plus-Size Women: Kevin Naulls learns, again, that people in the fashion industry are dicks."
Kevin went to the Allistyle show, which showcased fashions for plus-size women. For some background, Allistyle was founded by Alli Shapiro and her mother Pam Shainhouse, who realized there were few attractive clothing options in the plus-size market. At the time, Alli was suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and had experienced different weight fluctuations. According to the official Allistyle website, "She had difficulty finding clothing that she would wear and even cried when she went shopping. Alli passed away in July 2006, leaving Pam with the vision to continue on her legacy." Eventually, Whitney Thompson — the first (and only) plus-size/"fiercely-real" winner of America's Next Top Model — signed on to become the face of the line.
As Kevin noted, Alli's legacy lived on at Toronto Fashion Week. "Except, for some of the front row at this packed show, it was a joke," he wrote.
"One gentleman spent the entire show laughing and hiding his face from the photo pit with his line sheet, while others exchanged barbs privately and cackled audibly. Even four different people were overheard talking about how poorly the women walked because they were bigger women on high heels. Jesus. Are we so unwilling to accept plus-size fashion shows because it is a reminder of who we could become? And if we do gain weight, like Alli did, does that make us bad people? Is it not better to have people like Pam Shainhouse attempting to make nice clothing for women who don’t fit the average mall or boutique sizes? Shainhouse and these models are people we should be encouraging. Encouraging an industry that supports bigger sizes isn’t encouraging people to become morbidly obese. This isn’t a slippery slope."
Hear hear! Some people really just need to grow up — and find some empathy and compassion along the way. Read his full story here.