Plus-sized model's confession
Gorgeous American model Tara Lynn stars on the cover of Elle Spain this month, and the size 16 brunette beauty tells the glossy mag she thinks models are normally thin simply because it's easier to sell clothes that way:
"I'm just going to make this confession," the classically-trained singer told the magazine. "It is hard to make clothes look great on big women. The more fat there is on a body, the more variation there is in the shape of that body. And so it makes perfect sense that people are using a standard, clothes-hanger skinny body for it."
But the Seattle-based star (who has fronted global campaigns for H&M and starred on the cover of Vogue and also has a degree in linguistics) says she thinks a more diverse range of models should be used in beauty campaigns ...
"But in terms of the way we represent beauty: if we're going to be selling perfume or makeup, I think it's a great thing for [people] to see diversity in advertising and not have to feel like they need to fit a mold."
Lynn, who says she really began to accept her body in college when she dropped down to a size 16 (NZ) and felt "strong, beautiful and in control" has no problem with the term plus size:
"I don't. Humans come in everything from a double zero, and even smaller, up to like a size 28. If you make a coat in all of those sizes, you can't put them all on the same rack at a store. Nobody's going to be able to find their size. So it makes perfect sense to me to sell half the size in one section and half of the sizes in another. I would love to see better fashion for people my size and above, but it doesn't offend me at all."
She does, however, take issue with the unrealistic aspiration for thigh gap: "It's a really weird way to dichotomize human beings."
Here's a wee looksie into Tara Lynn's Elle cover shoot ...
See a behind the scenes look at Tara Lynn's modelling world in her at-work Instagrams ...
Nursing a headache on set:
Visitors on set: