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Naked models usually gets mouths flapping. But the real reason people are gabbing about a photo spread in Plus Model Magazine is because each picture of plus-size model Katya Zharkova posing nude is accompanied by a fact about body size and eating disorders. In the image from the spread shown above left, Katya even holds a “straight size model,” cupping her hand over her butt like a newborn baby. Of course, commenters on the Plus Model blog — and every other blog that has posted about this spread — are shrieking about obesity. I’ve never quite understood why the fact that human beings are made in different sizes — and beauty comes in all of those sizes — is so controversial. While I don’t doubt that obesity exists (in fact, there was a great piece in the New York Times this weekend about obesity in children), such a knee-jerk response obscures the larger point that many of us are bored with the assumed beauty ideal of stick-thin 14-year-olds. Give me an adult model with voluptuous, womanly curves any day. 

You can check out all the images from the Plus Model Magazine spread after the jump. [Fashionista]


In fairness, the size of the average woman has increasingly grown larger over time. However, it is disheartening that the size of the average model continues to shrink. It makes me wonder if as both obesity rises and


Sizing for plus-size models versus straight-size models is total BS. I think we can all agree that being a size 6 is not plus size.

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