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Rumor Check: Did Calvin Klein Really Consider This Model 'Plus Size'?


"I’m not the biggest girl on the market."

A major fashion designer is getting quite a bit of criticism for allegedly labeling this model as "plus size," but was that really the case?

Critics have blasted Calvin Klein for apparently considering this a plus-size model, but it doesn't appear that the designer even called her that. (Image source: WPIX) Critics have blasted Calvin Klein for apparently considering this a plus-size model, but it doesn't appear that the designer even called her that. (Image source: WPIX)

Model Myla Dalbesio is featured in Calvin Klein's latest "Perfectly Fit" underwear campaign and she's a size 10 (size 8 by some accounts). For the last few days, the designer has been blasted for apparently bringing her on as its first plus-size model, a designation which generally starts at size 12.

Here's a look at some of what people are saying about it on Twitter:

This report from WPIX-TV details some of the backlash as well:

But did Calvin Klein really label the 27-year-old as plus size and deserve the onslaught of criticism that followed? It appears that another publication and Dalbesio might have spurred the whole the whole thing.

In an interview with Elle magazine last week, here's what was said:

Booking an underwear campaign for such an iconic brand would be a coup for any model. But it’s especially notable for Dalbesio, who's what the fashion industry would—still, surprisingly—call “plus size.” (At a size 10, she’s bigger than Lara Stone, Jourdan Dunn, and Ji Hye Park, the other models featured in the campaign.)

“It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl,” Dalbesio says. “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.” (We have reached out to Calvin Klein to confirm.) She wasn’t sure, she said of the shoot, what was expected from her “in terms of her size or shape.” Refreshingly, what was expected of her was the same thing that was expected of Lara Stone: to take a beautiful picture. “No one even batted an eye,” she says. “It was very cool.”

Dalbesio also added later that the campaign didn't make a distinction about a having a plus-size model.

"They released me in this campaign with everyone else; there’s no distinction. It’s not a separate section for plus size girls,” she told Elle.

"The new Calvin Klein Underwear Perfectly Fit imagery features models Myla Dalbesio, Jourdan Dunn, Amanda Wellsh, Ji Hye Park and the face of the brand, Lara Stone, in several styles," a spokesperson for Calvin Klein told TheBlaze in a statement. "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."

Elle also updated its story with a later comment from Dalbesio about the controversy.

"I love that as the conversation on the internet explodes and brings greater awareness, I am receiving emails from 15 year-old girls, telling me that I have given them hope and that sharing my story has made them feel less freakish, less weird, and that they can accept their size 8 or 10 frame," she told the magazine.

"I love that I get to be a part of this conversation, about size and body image and that I get to represent a brand like Calvin Klein. They didn't introduce this campaign for shock value, they simply included what some would refer to as a 'normal size' girl in their advertising, right next to other girls of varying sizes and shapes."

This story has been updated to include Calvin Klein's comment to TheBlaze.

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