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Plus-Size Nancy Upton Enters Model Search [Pic]

This is Nancy Upton from Dallas, Texas. When Upton heard about American Apparel's search for a plus-size model to promote its new XL clothing line (a contest the company is calling "The Next Big Thing"), she decided to submit her application. Not as a chance to ignite a modeling career, but to out American Apparel for what she thinks is segregating larger women from thinner women.

"I dont believe that beauty should be qualified as BECAUSE of someones size or IN SPITE of someones size. Beauty is beauty, its fluid, its objective and it doesnt need to be justified to or by anyone," she writes on her blog. You'll find lots more photos of her there.

The funny thing is, Upton is currently in first place (out of 991 submissions) in the Next Big Thing contest (which looks like it's going to be reader chosen). Go vote for her and let's see how this thing turns out.

Good luck, Nancy.


PS: I'd hit it in a non-chauvistic way.

American Apparel is holding a search for its next model, a plus-size model. Upton is entering out of protest. Her story:

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Male, 18-29, Canada
 4012 Posts
Friday, September 16, 2011 12:44:43 AM
This is stupid. She's arguing that modelling is art and that bigger can be better and all that crap. Fact of the matter is, no. Modelling isn`t art, it`s marketing. A fashion douche/guru makes a piece of clothing using specifications so the clothes fit the model. How big must the model be? Exactly the sizes that sell the best when put on an ad. Tall, thin, pretty and whatever else helps sell their crap.

It`s ludicrous for her to expect to be a model if she isn`t the right proportions. If you can`t make yourself fit in the clothes you`re going to be modelling, then the problem is with you, not the agency.

Male, 30-39, Canada
 660 Posts
Monday, September 12, 2011 12:41:36 PM
@Haveheart Sweetie, you don't know if she`s unhealthy. What she is, is a far more realistic representation of the vast majority of women.

I get the gist of what you are saying, and I don`t necessarily disagree. We should promote a healthy example for people to emulate. Problem is, that just as beauty is subjective and diverse, so is health, more or less. BMI are so incorrect, and what a healthy person looks like is, well, just as subjective and diverse.

We should be lauding the fact that in magazines, and television, a far more realistic and attainable standard of beauty is being portrayed for the young ones growing up, who have a much harder time developing a sense of self worth than previous generations had.

P.S. I for one think she`s gorgeous. Even more so for being comfortable in her body

Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 73 Posts
Monday, September 12, 2011 11:33:46 AM
This is actually a good friend of mine! I told her this was an awesome move of hers! Hooray Nancy-Fancy Pantsy! Love ya!

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 270 Posts
Sunday, September 11, 2011 4:38:03 PM
Pie! Id eat both! :)

Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 410 Posts
Sunday, September 11, 2011 8:28:58 AM
i don't think anorexic should be put on a pedestal either. but everyone`s like "omfg those models shouldn`t be that skinny, lets yell at them and then bring OTHER unhealthy people into the fashion world! that makes sense!"
i think models should be "normal" sizes, not too skinny or too fat. we`re killing fire with fire. i don`t know why we all yell at an anorexic model but then we put someone else unhealthy but on the other side of the spectrum and everyone cheers.

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