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Who qualifies as a plus size model?

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I've noticed that this forum (Plus Size Models) is becoming harder to distinguish from the generic forum (Curvy Women Pictures). Back in the era of Mode Magazine, when the industry was first taking off, there was a clear distinction between what plus size models like Barbara Brickner and Kate Dillon were doing and BBW porn stars in Big Butt Magazine, or later XL Girls, Bodacious Magazine, etc. Although that is still true to some extent (nobody would confuse Ashley Graham for Sofia Rose), there is now a large gray area opened up by Instagram. We now have a lot of "plus size" modeling that isn't clearly tied to a particular modeling agency or clothing line (although most of the women we post about on this forum do work in modeling in some capacity). For example, isn't this woman (https://curvage.org/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/41145-dominican-american-feedee-babygirl55/) essentially doing BBW porn? To be clear, I'm not being moralistic here. I think both plus size modeling and BBW porn are great. But it seems like "plus size model" becomes meaningless when it encompasses everything. 

I propose the following distinction:

1) Plus Size Models

Fashion models who are at least a size 10 or larger. (Admittedly, this is based on the industry's fat-phobic standards. Maybe we should say size 12. But whatever.) Most of these women are professional fashion models, i.e. they work for modeling agencies and they promote specific clothing lines and/or beauty products. There are also women on Instagram who self-identify as plus size models, and who like to wear plus size fashion, but who aren't doing it for money. I guess we could also call them plus size models, but it seems like the decisive criterion is that fashion is involved (i.e., it is not only about their bodies, but also what they are wearing).

2) Curvy Women Pictures

All other curvy/fat/BBW women, however we want to define that. This includes women who post sexy photos of themselves online, but who are not doing professional fashion modeling. This could include porn stars, but it could also include all types of amateurs and Instagram users.

What do you all think? Does this make sense?

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I think the lines are getting blurred a little, in part because the modeling industry is beginning to accept truly plus sized girls as bona fide models, while the world is now full of social media influencers of all sizes. I don't really think about it much, but overall it seems like a very good thing!😃

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22 hours ago, Renaissanceman said:

What do you all think? Does this make sense?

This makes sense, in fact we already make this distinction.

We have an unofficial rule that the Plus Size Models forum is for women whose full time job is to model plus size clothes, whether that's for fashion, bloggers, adverting, female empowerment etc. (aimed at a predominately female audience).

Any model whose content is more aligned to fetish, softcore, fap material, etc. (aimed at a predominately male audience) does not belong in Plus size models.

It's not 100% perfect and the lines are increasingly blurred, but it has been working well so far.

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