Plus-Sized Next Top Models Faring Worse North of the Border

When casting America’s Next Top Model, creator Tyra Banks and her fellow judges have made some efforts at inclusion of women whose silhouettes don’t necessarily reflect the extremely svelte look currently favored by fashion designers and magazine editors. Former America’s Next Top Model judge and current Canada’s Next Top Model fashion director Nole Marin takes some credit for this, telling the Canadian paper the Edmonton Journal that he “pushed…Tyra Banks to include a plus-sized model as a finalist.”

However, plus-sized American beauties should not make a run for the border, thinking that Marin’s involvement in the Canadian show means that there is also ample opportunity on that show. For the second season of the Canadian version of America’s Next Top Model, there are no plus-sized models included, and there were none in the first season either.

Whereas Marin takes some credit for the presence of plus-sized models on ANTM, he pins the blame for their absence on CNTM on someone else: a Prada-wearing “devil.”

Or, at least, the woman assumed to be the real-life inspiration for the Miranda Priestly character in the book and movie The Devil Wears Prada: Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Wintour, who has been running Vogue for nearly twenty years, “likes a thin woman” says Marin. He feels her influence on the industry is monumental, and the fact that she selects only the willowy figure we’ve all grown used to seeing sets the overall tone and look for the rest of the industry.

Marin feels Wintour’s authority over the industry is so great that she could, in fact, create a sea change if she so chose. He says, "If you were to see girls that were curvy and boob-a-licious and delicious inside Vogue, all of a sudden all those designers would have to change their clothes to fit those girls because they need to be inside Vogue."

Already one non-plus-sized model has been eliminated from Canada’s Next Top Model for having “too-thick” legs, so the need for a slender look doesn’t limit the opportunities for just those who already fall into the “plus-size” category.

The next cycle of America’s Next Top Model will not premiere for months, so we will have to wait to see if Tyra will continue to try to buck the trend or fall in line with current preferences.

- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

(Image courtesy of CW)

(Source: Edmonton Journal)