Plus-size models not really average

Distorted views

We keep hearing that plus-size models represent the average American woman, who’s around a size 14. But people who cite that number also say the average height is 5’4″.

Um … size 14 at a model’s 5’10” looks a lot different than at 5’4″. So while some plus-size models may represent the real American woman’s size, they don’t represent the real look. This is yet another way our views on women’s bodies are being skewed. Models aren’t average, in any way, shape or form.

Incidentally, I can’t figure out where that size 14 figure comes from. The CDC says the average woman’s waist is 37 inches, which would make her a size 20. It also says she’s 5’3″.

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