‘V”s New Plus Size (Nude) Shoot

The plus size mannequin debate has been going on for months. Glamour was the first to explore a wider range in body types in editorial spreads, but V magazine is making a bigger splash with an entire issue dedicated to a variety of body types. Terry Richardson shot a photo spread pitting a size 0 model against a plus-size one and Jezebel just dropped more images from the February issue, of solely plus-size models in various states of dress.

All this inspired me to, just last night, to revisit the controversial “fitness” issue of Vogue from April 2008 that features LeBron James (looking oddly King Kahn-esque) and Gisele Bundchen on its cover. Inside Sally Singer documents Kate and Laura Mulleavy (who are far from a size 0) of Rodarte’s efforts to ‘get in shape,’ which essentially translates to daily meal service and regular sessions with a personal trainer courtesy of the magazine. While V‘s latest issue may not be moving mountains by way of putting a few plus-size models in its latest issue, it’s a hell of a lot better than the silent boycott of bigger bodies most magazines have taken part in for years.

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