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Extraordinary Body: A Model's Advice for Achieving One

I just read that the average woman is a size 14! That’s good news for those of us who view ourselves as oversized. It's a mindset we've cultivated after years of looking at models in magazines and on television. Being told my dress size is average is particularly empowering if I take it to mean that those who wear sizes less than 14 are undersized. (Yes, this could be thought of as reverse size discrimination. But, I think it's time the shoe should be on the other foot. My body type hasn' t been in vogue since the Renaissance.) Anyone else feel good about this news?

Leona Palmer is a well-proportioned woman. She’s got brains and beauty. Leona has a bachelor's degree from NYU in literature and creative writing. While walking the sidewalks of NYC she was ‘discovered’ and offered a modeling contract. She is regularly featured in ads for such renowned department stores as Nordstrom, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, even Kohls.

Leona is labeled as a full-figured or plus model because her dress size can’t be counted with the fingers on one hand. Though she is a successful model Leona says that rail thin models remain the norm and the ones who are considered for major beauty, cosmetic or hair campaigns.

Biases in the modeling industry are no secret. A seven-year, ongoing study (http://projectimplicit.net) by Harvard researchers demonstrates that implicit biases are pervasive throughout society and in all of us. To read this post in its entirety visit Living in the Heartland.