Plus-size remains a marginalized segment of the fashion industry, despite the fact that today the majority of American women wear a size fourteen or above. In this week’s magazine, Lizzie Widdicombe writes about a community of designers, models, and bloggers who are revitalizing the plus-size fashion world and celebrating full-figured women. On this week’s Out Loud, Widdicombe joins host Sasha Weiss, the literary editor of newyorker.com, along with the staff writer Judith Thurman, who writes frequently about fashion for the magazine, to discuss how thin became fashionable, why most designers still shy away from plus sizes, and whether the industry might change over time to accommodate bigger bodies. Thurman says, “Large women are much less uniform than thin women and yet their clothes have been much more uniform. And that’s a discrepancy that really needs to be addressed.”
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