Fashioning fat : inside plus-size modeling /

For two and a half years, Amanda Czerniawski was a sociologist turned plus-size model. Journeying into a world where, as a size 10, she was not considered an average body type, but rather, for the fashion industry, "plus-sized," Czerniawski studied the standards of work and image productio...

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Author / Creator:Czerniawski, Amanda M., author.
Imprint:New York : New York University Press, [2015]
©2015
Description:1 online resource : illustrations
Language:English
Subject:Plus-size women's clothing industry.
Self-esteem in women.
Body image.
DESIGN -- Textile & Costume.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- General.
Body image.
Plus-size women's clothing industry.
Self-esteem in women.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11754747
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ISBN:9780814760079
0814760074
9780814770399
0814770398
9780814789186
0814789188
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary:For two and a half years, Amanda Czerniawski was a sociologist turned plus-size model. Journeying into a world where, as a size 10, she was not considered an average body type, but rather, for the fashion industry, "plus-sized," Czerniawski studied the standards of work and image production in the plus-sized model industry. Fashioning Fat takes us through a model's day-to-day activities, first at open calls at modeling agencies and then through the fashion shows and photo shoots. Czerniawski also interviewed 35 plus-size models about their lives in the world of fashion, bringing to life the strange contradictions of being an object of non-idealized beauty. Fashioning Fat shows us that the mission of many of these models is to challenge our standards of beauty that privilege the thin body; they show us that fat can be sexy. Many plus-size models do often succeed in overcoming years of self-loathing and shame over their bodies, yet, as Czerniawski shows, these women are not the ones in charge of beauty's construction or dissemination. At the corporate level, the fashion industry perpetuates their objectification. Plus-size models must conform to an image created by fashion's tastemakers, as their bodies must fit within narrowly defined parameters of size and shape-an experience not too different from that of straight-sized models. Ultimately, plus-size models find that they are still molding their bodies to fit an image instead of molding an image of beauty to fit their bodies. A much-needed behind-the-scenes look at this growing industry, Fashioning Fat is a fascinating, unique, and important contribution to our understanding of beauty. Instructor's Guide.
Other form:Print version: Czerniawski, Amanda M. Fashioning fat. New York : New York University Press, [2015] 9780814770399 0814770398