Proud Plus-Size Models Change Culture, Hit The Runway

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — For the thousands of designs that have come down the catwalk during the past Fashion Week, it’s safe to say that it’s likely that none have been larger than a size 2 or 4– until Wednesday.

Fashion Week’s first plus-size show hit the runway Wednesday, with styles that showed off fashion for everybody.

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True beauty knows no size, especially when you look at all of the models in the so-called plus-size category. They were getting ready for the first-ever plus-size fashion show at New York’s Fashion Week.

“It’s been 57 years of Fashion Week, and this is the first time women size 12, 14, 16 are walking down the runway to inspire all women,” Nancy LeWinter, of, said.

“The biggest misconception people have is with the word plus-size – that we’re unhealthy, that we’re not fit,” model Lizzie Miller said. “No, I work out three to five times a week at the gym, I eat healthy. This is the way my body is.”

The show by, a company dedicated solely to full-figured styles, is celebrating all body types.

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“Sixty-two percent of women are size 12 and up, and 14 is the average size in America,” LeWinter said. “We forget it because we keep seeing 0s and 2s promoting fashion, not realizing ‘hey, we’re the ones wearing it.’”

“This is a day to celebrate the women with the curves,” world-famous, plus-size model Emme said.

A star-studded audience turned out to watch the fashionable, wearable designs make their way down the runway.

The outfits celebrated waistlines, gave a nod to the current military trend, and some had a lighter-than-air quality to them. They never let size get in the way of what is fashionable and flattering.

“I absolutely love this and it’s short, but it caters to curves and it has a flowy look,” LeWinter said. “I think that’s what women really like – something that skims your body and just looks great as you walk.”

“It’s not a trend. It exists, it’s a reality,” Emme said. “It’s not something that goes in and out, on an ebb and flow. It is who we are.”

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The organizers plan to make the show a regular part of Fashion Week in the seasons to come, and hope to see more “real size” women walk in other designers shows, too.