“Plus size” is a term that is meant to be a little vague. Different clothing makers have different notions of what clothing sizes fit in that range.
Target, fresh off the news of its massive credit card breach
, has earned some unwanted attention for a wholly different reason, this time based on how it represents plus-size women on its website. In a photo noticed by a tipster who passed it on to Jezebel
, the retail chain appeared to get the terms “plus size” and “maternity” mixed up.
The model for a black-and-cream striped maxi dress
for plus-size women is clearly pregnant.
“Oh Target! Where plus-size women are nothing more than pregnant manatees, I guess,” Jezebel
writer Rebecca Rose wrote.
A commenter added, “Plus sized, pregnant... totally the same thing. Oh right, they're not the same thing at ALL Target.”
Some commenters said the photo may have simply been a mistake.
magazine has gotten a virtual earful from Facebook and Google+ users because a post from November called Australian model Robyn Lawley, who is a size 10, “plus size.”
One Google+ commenter wrote, “Can someone please "re-define" what plus size is cause this is not it.”
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posted the photo in November, it’s picking up steam again because of an open letter by columnist Tony Posnanski in The Huffington Post
. He writes:
You basically said she was a "plus size" model because everyone else does as well. Yet, every time she is featured in a magazine or news article, the majority of the comments are always from people shocked she is called a "plus size" model. They find it insulting, as well they should. Calling her "plus size" takes away from her modeling and then goes into another conversation. A conversation more about women's sizes and less about her modeling talent.
He goes on to plead with Cosmopolitan
to simply call Lawley “a model.”