Re: Normal-sized model flash in the pan
(Aug. 29). I applaud Lindor Reynolds' article for celebrating Glamour's
publication of a nearly nude photo of a size 12/14 Lizzie Miller. It went a long way in reminding us all what a normal-size woman is and should be. However, I did find the article confusing and even contradictory. On the one hand Miller is described as large but "normal-size." On two other occasions Reynolds refers to her as "plus-size." As someone working in the garment industry in ladies wear, I would like to set the record straight. Lizzie Miller, as a size 12/14, is at the large end of the "normal" size scale (normal being sizes 4/6 through 12/14, sometimes as high as 16). The term "plus-size" (also often referred to as "oversize") refers to the next larger size range, which encompasses a group of women that is larger than a size 16, and in most cases, obese: sizes 1X/2X/3X or 18W, 22W or 24W.
I don't know where Lindor Reynolds got her facts, but a women at 5-11 and 180 pounds has a BMI of 25, which is considered normal by the medical community. A BMI over 33 is obese (depending on age and height). The average Canadian woman is 5-4 and weighs 153 pounds, which is considered slightly overweight. I was angered by her idea of plus-size as a size 12 (which again is the average pant size for a Canadian woman). The plus-size dress shops don't even start at size 12, it is 14 and their 14 is bigger than a department store. Most of us are not tall and slim but much shorter and heavier. From a real plus-size woman.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 3, 2009 A13