Calvin Klein’s latest campaign has come under fire for featuring a “plus-sized” model who wouldn’t normally be considered plus-sized.
The fashion label’s new underwear line is called Perfectly Fit and features 27-year-old model Myla Dalbesio, who says in an interview, which has since gained a lot of attention, that she was “confused” by the labelling of her as “plus-sized.”
“It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl,” Dalbesio told Elle Magazine. “I’m not the biggest girl on the market, but I’m definitely bigger than all the girls [Calvin Klein] has ever worked with, so that is really intimidating.”
Dalbesio says CK never made a big deal that she was considered “plus-sized” but when word of the interview got out, social media went to town on the fashion label.
The model did defend the famous brand, however, claiming Calvin Klein never actually labelled her a “plus-sized” model to begin with.
“I’m in the middle,” Dalbesio explains. “I’m not skinny enough to be with the skinny girls and I’m not large enough to be with the large girls and I haven’t been able to find my place. This [campaign] was such a great feeling.”
“It’s not like [Calvin Klein] released this campaign and were like ‘Whoa, look, there’s this plus-size girl in our campaign. They released me in this campaign with everyone else; there’s no distinction. It’s not a separate section for plus-size girls,” she said.
CK has since responded to the criticism, saying they simply advertised Dalbesio as someone modelling underwear.
“The new Calvin Klein Underwear Perfectly Fit imagery features models Myla Dalbesio, Jourdan Dunn, Amanda Wellsh, Ji Hye Park and the face of the brand, Lara Stone, in several styles,” said a Calvin Klein spokeswoman in a statement.
“The Perfectly Fit line was created to celebrate and cater to the needs of different women, and these images are intended to communicate that our new line is more inclusive and available in several silhouettes in an extensive range of sizes.”
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