The Fall and Rise of a Plus-Size Empire

December 21, 2017

Bloomberg Businessweek, 12.21.17

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The Fall and Rise of a Plus-Size Empire

Bloomberg Businessweek, 12.21.17

Most of the time, in the world as fashion magazines represent it, overweight women are shrouded in a cloak of invisibility. Large black women are erased. "People in fashion argue that they sell a dream, and an aspirational image, and traditionally that image has been a rich-looking, blonde, blue-eyed woman," says Elizabeth Wissinger, a professor of fashion studies at City University of New York and author of This Year's Model: Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour. "You know...You can never be too rich or too thin. And historically, black women haven't been the picture of either."