No, this is NOT Plus Size

Elle magazine recently published an article with Myla Dalbesio, who recently modeled Calvin Klein underwear.  The 27 year old model cried at the experience, because as the fashion industry says, she’s “plus size.”

She’s a size 10.

According to the interview, Dalbesio spent years abusing Adderall, crash dieting, and flirting with bulimia in an attempt to whittle herself to “straight size.”

I feel sorry for Ms. Dalbesio, that she works in such a warped world where her healthy figure is considered “plus size,” a euphemism for fat.  I used to be fat.  I was skinny as a child, slender throughout college, then I got married and had two children.  The metabolism slows as we get older, I wasn’t exercising, and the weight crept up.

About six years ago I found a free website called, with a lot of resources to help me track my food and my fitness.  I got back on track, lost 40 pounds, and I’ve kept it off ever since.  At one time, I was considered “plus-size.”   I make healthy food choices now and go to the gym three to four times a week.  I can tell by my energy level and how my clothes fit that I am healthier now than I was ten years ago.

Dove has a YouTube video called Evolution, which shows a model being made up, hair styled, photographed, then her image severely Photoshopped.  I made a point to show the video to my young nieces, to impress upon them that the lady on the billboard is not real.  She doesn’t exist.  She’s a product of makeup and hairspray and sophisticated computer software.

Don’t believe the fashion magazines.  Don’t try to be like the runway models.  Remember that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and don’t let anyone ever tell you that your look is unacceptable.  Above all, know that you are in control of your body.  Exercise, diet, and a healthy sleep schedule can do wonders.  Don’t let a photo of a fake model make you doubt yourself and what you are capable of accomplishing.

Take a look at the article and let me know what you think.  Do you think she’s “plus size?”