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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- 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.


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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- 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.

43 review for Fashioning Fat: Inside Plus-Size Modeling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    3.5 Stars. There were parts of this book that were really interesting, but I think it would have benefited from more input from professional models. I also felt like a lot of topics could have been fleshed out a bit more - the book felt a bit sparse. Received from Netgalley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Sankey

    One of my favorite non-fiction genres is the inside study of an industry I would otherwise know nothing about. In this case, Czerniawski, a sociologist, worked for more than two years in the modeling industry, specializing in plus size catalog, runway and fit modeling. This is a very interesting perspective on the commodification of beauty, the performance of labor and the way in which the fashion marketplace works (and the slow realization by designers that women with a need for fit larger than One of my favorite non-fiction genres is the inside study of an industry I would otherwise know nothing about. In this case, Czerniawski, a sociologist, worked for more than two years in the modeling industry, specializing in plus size catalog, runway and fit modeling. This is a very interesting perspective on the commodification of beauty, the performance of labor and the way in which the fashion marketplace works (and the slow realization by designers that women with a need for fit larger than size 10 have money and taste).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pam Thomas

    Absolutely loved the book about how a plus size model functions within the modelling industry. What it takes to be a plus size model, how to strike a pose and walk down the runway, so if you want to know about models then this is the book for you. It shows what their life is really like, how hard they have to work bearing in mind there is a lot of other models to contend with who are much slimmer. How your body mass counts by definitions as normal and overweight is obese. How Professional models Absolutely loved the book about how a plus size model functions within the modelling industry. What it takes to be a plus size model, how to strike a pose and walk down the runway, so if you want to know about models then this is the book for you. It shows what their life is really like, how hard they have to work bearing in mind there is a lot of other models to contend with who are much slimmer. How your body mass counts by definitions as normal and overweight is obese. How Professional models have a regime and body standard, anything over size 8 is defined as just ok plus sizes defined as fat, how body image is important together with good looks, how they cultivate a physique together with cosmetics, beauty aids, diet and exercise together with limited calorie intake and cosmetic procedures which all serve to bolster self esteem and self confidence.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katarina

    read about a quarter of the book and then skimmed to the end. Found it hard to read. Writer appeared to feel superior and I didn't like her tone. read about a quarter of the book and then skimmed to the end. Found it hard to read. Writer appeared to feel superior and I didn't like her tone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gio

    Plus size modelling is slowly booming. Although most models gracing the pages of magazines and TV advertisements are still very thin, more and more brands are starting to use plus size models to appeal to a broader demographic. While seeing a variety of body types in the media can have positive consequences and encourage women to embrace their own bodies the way they are, plus size modelling has a dark side, as sociologist Czerniawski personally discovered. Czerniawski wanted to study how the “ni Plus size modelling is slowly booming. Although most models gracing the pages of magazines and TV advertisements are still very thin, more and more brands are starting to use plus size models to appeal to a broader demographic. While seeing a variety of body types in the media can have positive consequences and encourage women to embrace their own bodies the way they are, plus size modelling has a dark side, as sociologist Czerniawski personally discovered. Czerniawski wanted to study how the “niche of plus modelling function within a larger fashion market that privileges the thin body”. What better way to do that than becoming a model herself? This decision gave her first hand experience in several aspects of the industry, such as castings, shoots, tricks of the trade, as well as access to other plus size models who shared their own experiences with her. This way, we discover that a lot of plus size models have struggled with body hate for years and now want to challenge and change the standard of beauty that privileges the thin body. Yet, like thin models, they aren’t in control of their body, but must conform theirs to a new, idealized image of a bigger body created by brands and advertisers. The tiniest fluctuation in their body size can cost them jobs and so, to keep working, these models usually resort to drastic diets and dangerous measures to maintain their body measurements. And even so, the bodies we often see in magazines aren’t their own. Often, spanx, pads, and other tools are used to create the desired shape. And have you ever wondered why some plus size models have such thin faces? That’s cos they aren’t plus size at all. The client chose a thin model and, with the help of padding, created the illusion of a bigger body. That’s the same trick often used to photograph maternity wear too. Fashioning Fat provides a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of plus size modelling, but an all too short one. Czerniawski spends too little time sharing the personal experiences of agents, models, and her own, and too much time analysing the industry, often repeating the same concepts more than once in the same paragraph, which makes for some boring reading at times. But I would still recommend it to those who want to know more about this niche in the fashion industry. It’s full of interesting gems, even if hidden behind a lot of big words.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Abhinav

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Providing a look into the darker face of the fashion industry, this book is more of the author's personal memoir than a sociological treatise on the plus-size fashion industry. However, the personal touch to the book is what makes it far more interesting than reading any scholarly material. Focusing on what is regarded as "Plus size"; how models are chosen for jobs; what these jobs are; how designers and clients think; and how models are affected and react, AMC reiterates that the whole industry Providing a look into the darker face of the fashion industry, this book is more of the author's personal memoir than a sociological treatise on the plus-size fashion industry. However, the personal touch to the book is what makes it far more interesting than reading any scholarly material. Focusing on what is regarded as "Plus size"; how models are chosen for jobs; what these jobs are; how designers and clients think; and how models are affected and react, AMC reiterates that the whole industry is similar at both ends of the Model-size spectrum. Both straight size models and plus size models undergo difficult corporal regimens to maintain their body measurements no matter what the long-term consequences are for the body. Anorexia and binge eating are the ways of these warriors struggling to keep up with the needs of the designers and clients. Models serve as mere mannequins with no voice or emotions. The role of agents, as expounded by AMC, are both shocking and interesting. One model's take on the parallels between prostitution and the fashion industry are sure to jar any reader. AMC's personal sojourn as a plus-size model provides a brief yet intimate knowledge of this industry and forces us to rethink our standards for beauty. I thank NetGalley for an advanced reviewer's ecopy of this book.

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