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Curves Ahead in V Magazine

Curves Ahead in V Magazine

Check out these shots from V Magazine‘s forthcoming issue, entitled “The Size Issue” and featuring five plus-size models.

The issue, on newsstands January 14, features this spread with styling by Nicola Formichetti and shows the sexy side of the plus-size modeling world with shots of Candice Huffine, Marquita Pring, Michelle Olson, Tara Lynn and Kasia P.

Photographer Solve Sundsbo told V, “I loved the opportunity to show that you can be beautiful and sexy outside the narrow interpretations that normally define us.”

Check out V Magazine on newsstands Thursday (January 14) or visit for a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot!

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  • amber


    you seriously deserve your teeth being knocked out of your head. i’m 5’9, 138 lbs, and i’m a size 8. i am very happy in my own skin and i am FAR from fat. for you to say there is no excuse to be more than a size 6 is ridiculous. you know whats ridiculous??? innocent, good people, die of cancer, and other diseases everyday, while you get to continue to breathe air you a$$hole.

  • Lowest denominator


    You caught emaciated, and not the fact that I said FOURTEEN.
    The POINT of my post is they put UNDERAGED girls in these ads/shots that WOULD NOT have NORMAL body fat because they HAVEN’T FINISHED GROWING, then slap on the makeup and such – thus making them look mature, but underfed.

    Then you jump at me for making an assumption about your model friends, and did the exact same thing by assuming I am starving myself to be like them.

    Wrong on so many levels. Wrong all of the way around.

  • Gene

    I didn’t like the poses but have to admit the girl laying on the floor nude was sexy!

  • e

    Nicola Formichetti is clearly the most talented stylist. I would love to see him take over American Vogue!!!!!!

  • Louise

    I’m soooo sick of this selfish way of thinking. People in the last century didnt bat an eyelid for ultra skinny and then all of a sudden it was the thing to be.
    It makes me sick the way people talk about thin, average, fat, obese.
    Be what you want to be and are comfortable with.
    You dont have to aspire to anything other than being yourself.
    I am a fashion and costume designer and the latter being something that transports any type of woman/man.
    The term “models” is used widely to represent the popularity as a whole and this is basically what they are doing here.
    There are two types of people in this world. People who are comfortable with themselves and dont feel they have to judge or be judged and the other that is sooo completely neurotic and unconfident about themselves, they have to aspire to be something to feel good and feel the need to drag others down with them and from what I can see by the comments above there is a lot of women and men in the latter category. Very disappointing.

  • kas

    I hate how the words “curves ahead”is used to define this topic and these women. Women who are genuinely curvy like Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez do not look like fat people. It’s so fustrating that every overweight person I know uses that word to cover up their weight problem.

    and for all those people saying this is the average weight, it probably is but we shouldn’t be promoting it. A healthy person is someone who definelty does not look like these women. I’m sorry but why else are western nations like Australia and the US suffering from obesity?

  • to chloe

    Unless you have a legitimate medical condition or are elderly, you have NO EXCUSE TO BE OVER SIZE 6.

    what planet are you living on? who are you to decide what size of clothing someone else should wear? last time i checked no one made you god! for the record, your highness, our first lady michelle obama wears around a size 8 dress size. please tell me you’re not stupid enough to suggest that our first lady starve herself so that she wear only dress sizes you approve of. this i would like to see.

    also princess diana, at the time of her death, wore a size 8 (US). she was considered by many, and still is, to have been on of the most beautiful women in the world. then there’s kate winslet, she wears a size 8 (US). she has an academy award for best actress and a very successful career in the industry. what exactly do you have?

    for my part, i am a size 2, that’s because of genetics. you do understand that term. it is genetics that determine, for the most part, your body type. there are women like oprah who will never will be able to wear anything lower than a size 10 no matter how much they diet and/or exercise.

  • hellNO!

    OMFG… they’re making fun of obese people… not sexy… wrong, wrong, wrong… FAT is NEVER FASHIONABLE… NEVER… EVER… only in America where one can see something this ludicrous & delusional… every b*tch is entitled to her opinion…

  • to 58

    yes every girl is entitled her opinion just as every jerk is entitled his/her opinion. it’s america after all.

  • Liv

    So many extremes posted here. To one particular moron, anything above a size 6 is not FAT. There are plenty of big-framed women who are sizes 8, 10 and sometimes even 14. There are more important things to life than to stay a size 4 just so you can wear designer clothing. Grow up.

  • jules

    Chole, well aren’t you the stuck up little snot! Get over your glossed over magazine ideal of beauty. If you opened your eyes you would see a lot of beauty around and not all the same size. As for Americans celebrating mediocrity, your words not mine, at least we don’t feel the need to knock people down who don’t fit into your European beauty standard.

  • jules

    #51, OMGLMAO…Hilarious…

  • Frida

    Great move for V magazine, this is much needed in this world.

  • Frida

    Oh and Liv #60 is absolutely right, just because you’re bigger doesn’t mean you’re fat or unhealthy.

  • K_X

    How is this okay….Sad state of our country that so many people consider these women “normal” size. Downright unhealthy. Just shows the sense of entitlement that we have in our “everybody gets a trophy” society. Now I guess everyone can be a model- Hell- how about everyone can be a surgeon- not smart- that’s okay, you’re of normal intelligence and entitled to be anything you want. I think I’ll be a unicorn…so what I don’t have a horn and I am not horse… I am entitled.

  • Jen

    I don’t know if that is the average size, but those women are all gorgeous! Especially loving the pictures with the 4 women in jeans and high heals, they look fierce. But just because I like this photoshoot doesnt mean I like to hate on the runway models that are a size 2. I don’t know why it has to be be white or black when it comes to beauty, I think either way a woman can be beautiful. I also wouldnt call these women average like some hasve, especially with their height and faces and curves. Not all women who are plus sized look like that.

  • missp

    Simply beautiful……. why can’t we just appreciate beauty in whatever form?

  • anthony

    Glad someone mentioned that Marilyn Monroes size 12 is not the same as one today, she was not really plus sized at all to me. These girls are plus sized… And I have no problem with that but they don’t look fit and that bothers me. Crystal Renn (sp?) is a plus sized model and looks in shape and healthy at the same time. These woman are not portrayed as healthy and sexy when there are rolls of fat showing. I’m sure they could have styled them better to show that it is possible that bigger girls can look good also but for me this is not the way to do so I would take the real fashion models over this any day of the week. Being healthy should be promoted not just being over weight .. it’s important to get it out there that someone who is just 20-40 lbs over weight can have serious medical issues to deal with. We need good health not obesity to make the majority of un healthy people feel ok about themselves


    @Marissa: @Chloe: I’m an athletic size 4, and have to say you have an ugly soul. I’d use you for a pull-up bar but you’re too far away.


    Ih, that comment was for Chloe only.


    Oh, that comment was for Chloe only.

  • Women like NICE men!

    Gorgeous! It’s great to see beautiful faces with beautiful bodies and no clavicles (bones) protruding and sunken eyes in dark eye sockets with dark circles under them.

    @ 25 There is nothing ‘ordinary’ looking about any of these women, they all have *unusually* good body proportions and pretty faces and skin, plus you can actually live with them in the ‘real world’ i.e. they eat real food and due to the extra fat are a tighter screw too. Hehehe!

  • jennifer

    I’m all for breaking down this weight barrier that has been set up by the world of fashion but I have a problem with this shoot : The models are not dressed for they’re body type. I do think curves are beautiful, but you should DRESS FOR YOUR BODY. By putting somebody who’s “average sized” into a tiny cut out swimsuit – you’re just embarrassing the model! Put her in a FLATTERING piece. Show women how to dress for they’re body type.

  • Kaylena

    I think it’s a shame that people can not except the differences of others. If you don’t find them beautiful, well that’s your thing…is it necessary to slander them? I think not. Show some class and respect people. Everyone is different.

  • lakers fan in boston

    just another failure by the fashion industry
    why cant they show a regular healthy girl
    im sorry but pic 2 is pretty disgusting with all those fat rolls
    i support curvy woman such as scarlett, not now but like a yr or 2 ago, or mariyln monore
    i still dont understand why they cant just show a normal girl
    it’s either really skinny or plus size
    just do an average girl for god sakes

  • bbwloversmatch

    I love curvy women, so natural

  • mariel

    The pictures would look a lot better if they dressed the women in clothes that fit properly. Skin tight is not a good look for someone who has rolls of fat around her middle, nor is exposing the midriff of an obviously overweight woman.

    Who wants to see another person’s fat? It seems like they are trying to make it OK to be obese, probably because that actually is the norm in the U.S. these days. Sad.

  • Jaded

    FYI Cindy Crawford is a size 10 and I have never seen that woman look bad, and her bank account can testify that neither has anyone else. The last of the Supermodels were all a size 6-8. So to say you have to be a 6 or under to be attractive or a model is a little silly.

  • longchamp

    buffarillos. cute.

  • bohemeballerine

    Finally!!! This is great…non-anorexic looking pretty girls, yay!

  • =Logan=





  • CanadaGirl

    @Ha!: Yes, sizes across the board have changed. The sizes towards that top have changed quite a bit, with less variation at the bottom.
    I can recall when this started to happen in most stores in the mid-90s. I could not believe that my normal number didn’t even come close to fitting. I still have clothes packed away that I wore at various stages of my life that still fit, and their numbers are size 8 (jeans I wore in high-school, shorts from my 20s, etc.). My size has not changed – manufacturing has. Manufacturers are pacifying and feeding the public’s need to maintain a facade that North Americans (Americans in particular) are not getting fat.
    It’s all about the “bottom line” – their earning potential and the publics expanding a**.

  • Women like NICE men!

    I think they look great, I would rather see some fat rolls than scary bones popping out.

    love the outfits on all of them; like I said, you can put the same thing on a skinny woman and if scary bones are popping out that is just as distasteful to some as seeing rolls of fat popping out is to others. To each his own.

  • Sassy

    Not every woman who is overweight has cellulite. Some very thin women have cellulite. I think these girls look beautiful, and “to each his own”. European woman are definitely thinner, but they walk most everywhere they go AND they don’t eat the processed, junky crap food that most Americans do.
    And for anyone posting here who is a male, pi$$ off with your nasty comments.

  • monday

    You must be joking…………
    This will never catch on.
    They are fat and that’s about it.

  • kika12

    Beauty come in all sizes!!!

  • kika12

    Beauty come in all sizes!!!

    Not everyone can be a size 2 because we have different bone structure and cellulite have nothing to do with weight is about genes.

    If magazines have starting to enjoy normal and plus-size womens why we can’t??

  • anna

    Close to 60% of the American adult population is overweight, and you people are concerned about thin models being a negative influence???Maybe seeing a gorgeous size 2 woman will make you get off your asses and on the treadmill. I just find this ridiculoussss!

  • p3rp3tu4

    Diabetes is all the rage.

  • Ren

    how surprising…media is trying to enforce that ‘fat is the new thin’ -apparently healthy (regardless of weight) isn’t!

  • anastasia


    Yes Chloe you’re absolutely right. I’m from Russia and the women here are gorgeous and skinny not like these fat slobs with their roles of fat. These “models” look disgusting. If the women in my country looked like this they would be embarressed to show their face outside. But most Americans are fatter than these two anyways so to them this is probably normal to them.

  • oy

    I don’t believe size 6 is fat, but these women are not average size and I don’t believe in making excuses for people who are obese. They are overweight. Their faces are pretty, but the poses and the clothing they selected for them make them look flabby and unattractive. I think these photos will have the opposite affect of what they intended to do.

    They should lose weight for their own health, but they shouldn’t try to look like Kate Moss. Kate isn’t as pretty as they are and she doesn’t have a good body-just the typical heroin chic body which is not attractive.

  • loverducky

    I agree that this may not be the best way to go…fashion does not have to portray one extreme to the other…not that these girls are “obese” by any means. But the people that think the normal fashion models are acceptable sicken me a bit. Each day, they look more and more like death..and there are those that do die…and those that die try to achieve those standards. I know obesity is a big problem especially in North America but it certainly doesn’t help to see emaciated girls promoted everywhere…I don’t know which is the best way to go…if we could stop being so obsessed with standards and what mold be are supposed to fit into that would be nice but that obviously won’t happen. I think some people talking about European culture need to get off their high horses…every country deals with body and health issues and the US might be in a more diar state but there is no need to be demeening. Speaking as a Canadian girl who has lived with an eating disorder for eleven years now, I struggle with these issues daily. I am frightened by the situation and can only hope for progress in the future…I think some people just really need to be careful what they say however

  • hrgo

    @Natalie: Sorry, but your reasoning is retarded. Reality check!@Natalie:

  • makarena

    @Natalie: You are a sad, sad person. I hope you’re getting help.

  • hrgo

    @Jeff: Get a life, loser! That said, you must be a looker yourself. *snort*

  • Holli

    They are really pretty—– but maybe they need to wear different clothes….. Stacy and Clinton should have dressed them!

  • Simone

    Aye where is Whitney who won ANTM.
    She’s a beautiful plus size girl, either way though they’re stunning pictures & it’s great to see normal sized people in magazines like this.

  • v


    That is ridiculous!
    The average weight in European Cities is not a size 6, the average body type is not gamine for European women.
    for the most part it tends to be pear to hour glass, especially in westeren european countries.
    I have no problem with people prefering thin women, but dont make such an absurd assumption about an entire continant when you probably mean steriotypically Parisian.

  • Pffffffttttt…


    Wh*rebag, The US is the number 2 fattest country in the world and the UK is the number 4 fattest country in the world. I’m a size 14 and was down to a 6 well over 2 years ago. I weight trained for years. When I was a size 6 I still felt fat even while my friends and family were telling me to stop because I was overdoing it. Even now at a size 14 my brother calls me “muscles” because one can still the definition in my arms. At a size 14 I can fit into medium sized Adidas workout pants. Give it a rest, b*tch.