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PLUS Model Magazine, a publication celebrating the plus-size fashion industry, recently printed some revealing statistics about the models that exhibit our clothes, sell our products, and generally define female beauty. The highlights:

  • Twenty years ago, the average model weighed 8% less than the average woman; today, she weighs 23% less.
  • Most models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for anorexia.
  • When the plus-size modeling industry began, the models ranged in size from 14 to 20; today, they average between a size 6 and 14.
  • Half of American women wear a size 14 or larger, but most standard clothing outlets cater to sizes 14 or smaller.

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