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We don’t want plus size

fashion-and-trends Updated: Jul 05, 2010 02:15 IST
Roma Arora
Roma Arora
Hindustan Times
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Will the ramp always remain the home of anorexic figures? While the international fashion world is debating the pros and cons of plus-size models on the runway, Indian designers veto the idea.

A remark by Welsh designer and Britain’s Next Top Model judge, Julien McDonald, has caused a rift in the international fashion industry. As McDonald called plus-size models a “joke”, supermodel Elle Macpherson and actor Charley Speed called for models with ”realistic” figures.

With Couture Week around the corner, HT City asked Indian designers if they would consider plus-size models for their shows.

“I support McDonald because I think on similar lines,” says designer Varun Bahl. “Many girls get inspired by slim models. Plus-size women don’t fit into the fashion business.”

“McDonald was talking realistically. Do we really want to see plus-size women walking the ramp?” asks designer Rina Dhaka.

Stylist Ranjunee Chakma explains that the first requirement of every garment is a well-toned body that can carry it off well. “You can’t be fat and a supermodel,” she says.

“No one is saying models should be size zero. Size eight is a healthy, toned and fit figure,” says model Sonalika Sahay.

Fashion photographer Vikram Bawa has a different take: “These designers can’t make good clothes for plus-size models, that’s why they come up with such comments. With right clothes, confidence and designer, even the curvier women can be successful models.”

(This (Britain’s Next Top Model) is a serious show. you can’t have a plus-size girl winning — it makes it a joke... if you are a size 14 in a room full of size eights, you’re in the wrong room. -Julien McDonald, designer and judge on the show)