two models: plus size (right) and normal size

The picture shows plus-sized model Katya Zharkova on the right and a normal fashion model on the left. Ten years ago, plus-sized meant dress size 12-18. Now it means 6-14, according to Plus Model Magazine . “Plus-size” looks like a fairly average body type (actually, given the country’s propensity for over-eating, she probably falls well under the median weight).

I bumped into this picture, when I was learning more about the obesity trend in America, which I will write about later. Isn’t it interesting that as the models become skinnier, the readers become fatter! What is that about?

Here are the statistics that accompany the photo spread in Plus Model Magazine:

# Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23% less.

# Ten years ago plus-size models averaged between size 12 and 18. Today the need for size diversity within the plus-size modeling industry continues to be questioned. The majority of plus-size models on agency boards are between a size 6 and 14, while the customers continue to express their dissatisfaction.

# Most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia.

# 50% of women wear a size 14 or larger, but most standard clothing outlets cater to sizes 14 or smaller.

You can see more photos of Katya in this article .