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I cringe every time there's anyone plus size on Project Runway. It just makes me want to curl up in preparation for the inevitable whining and disaster. In the episode I just watched, Ven complains that the "proportions are completely off." And then keeps complaining about how hard it is to deal with a plus-size woman, how unfair it is he has to deal with a larger model. (He's complaining because she's almost [gasp] a 14! OH GOD.)

That's how it feels. Like we're constantly being told that it's impossible for us to have nice things, no one can design anything good for us, we're all wrong. (And hey, you have to wear black because it's slimming! Because otherwise you'll gross people out!)

People wonder why I act like I'm allergic to shopping for clothes. It's one giant, miserable experience where nothing ever looks right. Obviously, there have to be some people that design for large women. But it always feels like no one's figured out what the hell we're supposed to wear to actually look good, so we end up with punishment clothes instead.

So watching Project Runway when there's a plus-size woman on the show always gives me flashbacks to that personal nightmare. It makes me think well shit, if that's how designers see us, no wonder clothing is a nightmare.

This episode felt different in one important aspect, and I really appreciated that. In previous seasons it always felt like there was just endless picking from everyone if there was a bigger lady on the show. This time, many of the other designers really attacked Ven for how he was treating his client/model. And when Heidi Klum ripped in to him at the end of the episode ("We like Teri but we don't love your outfit.") that made me feel a lot better too. The blame got placed squarely on Ven for designing clothes that didn't look good, not on the woman for not being shaped like a model.

I didn't expect that. It was refreshing. (And it's kind of sad that people speaking out that hey you should treat a plus-size lady like a human being would be unusual and refreshing.)

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dynamint
Aug. 31st, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
Considering how large the market is, you would think designers would pay more attention. But I guess they're in it for the "art" rather than the money, and their idea of art is not a 14.
katsudon
Sep. 2nd, 2012 05:18 am (UTC)
Seriously. I mean, large ladies have to wear clothes, and they want pretty things just like everyone else. Argh, it's just so frustrating. Of course, it stunned me that he was bitching she was like a size 14... I'm like an 18. o.O
sealwhiskers
Sep. 1st, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)
Ven was such an asshole on that episode, and I completely stopped rooting for anything of his. Plus yeah, totally awful outfit he put that poor woman in.
katsudon
Sep. 2nd, 2012 05:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, and I actually kind of liked Ven up until that point. I couldn't believe he suddenly was just so ugly about stuff.

The one who really surprised me was Gunnar. He normally seems so bitchy, but he was just so incredible with his client. Made me see him in a whole new light.
pinkpenguin763
Sep. 6th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
"But it always feels like no one's figured out what the hell we're supposed to wear to actually look good, so we end up with punishment clothes instead."

This exactly! I haven't seen any of this season of Project Runway, but yeah it is really annoying when the designers complain about the 'plus size' models. It's awesome that Heidi Klum would stick up for her instead of taking the only thin people are pretty route. It would be interesting to see a show focused on designing for larger women, or just for more 'average' non model women. I mean it's one thing to make everything look awesome on a small model and always design for sample sizes, and it's another to design clothes that are flattering on varied women. I would even like to see one episode where they all had regular women instead of models (maybe this has been done?).
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