French Vogue to feature plus size in October
The New York Observer announced that French Vogue will feature some plumper Parisians in its 90th-anniversary issue. Not only will the ladies be larger in size, but the mag expects higher sales with the plus-size issue. Ad sales are nearly double last year’s. To accommodate the cost of image printing, Memo Pad reported that Vogue will use archival prints in the issue – and up the price to 5.9 euros.
It seems that the archetype of the body-conscious female is in upheaval. Just a few months back, we wrote that busty model Tara Lynn would grace the April cover of the French Elle. Instead of covered up and conservative, her shots were feminine, flirty and showed a decent amount of skin.
However, only a month prior, it was rumored that Gaborey Sidibe would not be in the pages of Vogue. Vogue declined to comment, but their silence could be a possible indication that the rumor is true. Blogger Rob Shuter made a comment in a post, saying things no one wanted to hear, but were widely accepted in the fashion industry.
“Vogue is a venue where designers debut their best new pieces,” he said, “all of which are one of a kind and sample size. It would be impossible to get a regular-sized girl in those clothes, let alone Gabby.”
Christina Hendricks, the star of “Mad Men” and easily deemed one of the sexiest starlets in Hollywood, is embraced for her curvaceous figure. However, she admits that she is unfortunately constantly reminded of her size when handling designer samples.
“People have been saying some nice, wonderful things about me. Yet not one designer in town will loan me a dress,” she told Scotland's the Daily Record in a post-Emmy interview. “They only lend out a size 0 or 2. So I'm still struggling for someone to give me a darn dress.”
Her Emmy dress, a romantic lavender Zac Posen number, received mixed reviews from the press, but clearly played up her assets. She spoke candidly with reporters about how nice it is to work on a show that celebrates her size, instead of being put on a diet. However, all this weight talk makes one wonder if it will eventually get to Christina's head. Hopefully not. The world needs more Joan Holloways, especially in 2010.
For a copy of French Vogue‘s October issue, head to newsstands in a couple weeks or visit their website at http://www.vogue.fr.