Calvin Klein is the latest fashion brand sparking controversy over body image after featuring model Myla Dalbesio in a "plus-size" campaign.
When we think of a "plus-size" model, more curvy women come to mind. When we see photographs of Dalbesio, we see an average-sized woman who knows how to strike a fierce pose. But Calvin Klein has tried to publicize Dalbesio as plus-sized.
"I'm a bigger girl ... I'm not the biggest girl on the market but I'm definitely bigger than all the girls [Calvin Klein] has ever worked with, so that is really intimidating," the 27-year-old said in an Elle interview.
A little concerned Calvin Klein is referring to this as "plus size." pic.twitter.com/dQXJobay6A
— c o r s o (@WhyofCorso) November 10, 2014
Dalbesio is one of the faces of Calvin Klein's "Perfectly Fit" campaign. While featuring a healthy-figured model in its campaign sends a positive message, the clothing giant is under fire since it didn't technically hire a plus-size model. Dalbesio reportedly wears a size 10, although there are also rumors that she wears a size eight. Either way, a size 10 is not what many would consider to be a plus-sized model. Generally, plus-size models wear sizes 12 and up.
Calvin Klein is not the only fashion brand under fire for body image issues. Last week Victoria's Secrets secretly changed it "Perfect Body" campaign after receiving blacklash for its negative body image message.
Dalbesio says that no one at Calvin Klein make her size a big deal. "It's not like [Calvin Klein] released this campaign and were like 'Whoa, look, there's this plus-size girl in our campaign,'" said Dalbesio. "They released me in this campaign with everyone else; there's no distinction. It's not a separate section for plus-size girls."
The new Calvin Klein Underwear Perfectly Fit ads also features models Jourdan Dunn and Amanda Wellsh, Ji Hye Park and the face of the brand, Lara Stone.
"The Perfectly Fit line was created to celebrate and cater to the needs of different women, and these images are intended to communicate that our new line is more inclusive and available in several silhouettes in an extensive range of sizes," a Calvin Klein spokeswoman said in a statement.
Still, the campaign stirred controversy on social media platforms. It seems that people have had enough with society's opinion on what the perfect body should be.
"@werna_: Because women are not allowed to be healthy. Calvin Klein's New 'Plus-Size' Model Is a Size 10 http://t.co/ROiwzTKy8B via @TheCut" — Kristine Olaris (@kristineolaris) November 10, 2014
— Roe McDermott (@roemcdermott) November 7, 2014
[Photo Credit: Calvin Klein]