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The thinking goes as follows: If you want your bosses to see you as someone who can take on more authority, you need to act that way. Part of that demonstration is in how you present yourself. A fitted black sheath with a tweed Tibi blazer and pointy Louboutins. In hindsight, shopping for those interviews was easy. Then earlier this year I found myself at a place in my career where I was ready to take on more ownership. Even with Glamour 's commitment to size inclusivity over the yearsI'm only one of two plus-size people on staff and often the only curvy person on shoots and in senior-level meetings.

Did I really need to lose weight to be any better at my job? We Need a large woman to hunt down pieces online, spend extra money for shipping, and carefully study measurements to find things our colleagues can buy with ease—or are sent for free as gifts from brands. I was disheartened at first, and then I got angry. I did eventually find brands I look and feel great in—many at the recommendation of the dozens of people I talked to—but what I walked away with was a network of women who are ready to do for fashion what Rihanna did for the beauty industry : Revolutionize it.

Models shared their frustration over the lack of jobs both on the runway and off, not to mention the horrific, blatantly fatphobic things deers have said to them. Editors and influencers shared stories of being confused for the help at Fashion Week. The majority of decision makers are still straight-size. But change is on the horizon.

You can either get on board or fade into irrelevance. I want it to be just as appalling as a beauty brand not making inclusive shades—that if you come off the line selling only to one small demographic of people, that everyone in a united way would be outraged. Do better. I know from the business perspective that it costs way more; every size you add is another expense. But for the brands that can, they should.

You hate fat people that much? Your disdain for my body type is so great that you would deny it? In a business where your entire purpose is to make money? What plus women really want is to not be limited in choice. Many companies still don't realize our spending power. I spend as much money as somebody who's a size six or a size two. I want to be able to go to a nice store with curated racks and a clean dressing room.

In the straight-size world, trends come from the top down—the inspiration comes from the runways, and then it filters down into lower-priced items. And for Need a large woman, it seems that it comes from the bottom up. But there are still so many des and fabrics that we're not able to wear, because so few contemporary brands are making us options. Nobody wants to buy this! We want to wear the same things everyone else is wearing. Yes, that means crop tops!

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Give us the bikini! Give us the mini skirt! Assortments should be curated to plus-size women, and we should be given fashion, not just the basics. Quite the contrary—women of all ages want to look stylish, young, sexy and put-together in clothes that fit.

For most of my 20s and 30s I never had anything to wear. I had no style. They're honestly doing us a disservice because as shoppers we're getting excited, but having it not fit makes you feel worse. The onus is really on brands to take the time to do us justice. Serve us the way that you serve the other sizes. If you're going to do anything above a 14, actually fit it on more than one person. There are nuances that make something current versus a bit of an older silhouette. Suddenly when you move to plus, everything ties at the waist, is A-line, and hits right below the knee.

It actually looks dated and lame. I want to be able to wear flowy or trendy things without being accused of hiding my body. Bigger women want to look cool too. We deserve more. We deserve better. One, because we all know sizes are kind of irrelevant. And two, because I—like many other plus-size women—fluctuate between sizes. I Need a large woman from a 14 to an 18; it just really depends on the day, the brand, the fabric, and the shape of a garment.

But then on set, they'll only call in size 14 samples, often from brands that already run small. That's not going to work on my body. There also needs to be more mindfulness that, especially with plus, not everyone has the same exact features. For example, my arms are bigger, so if a size 14 doesn't stretch there, it's not going to fit. Most of us are indie and self-funded. That puts a limitation on what we can afford to create and where the pieces can be bought. I think our Need a large woman sometimes don't understand that our quantities are limited, the speed of our production is slower, and the price points are different all because of our access to resources.

I de on the side, and had to track one down from a manufacturer in L. But it was the best thing I could get. They either don't know how to dress them or they don't really understand how the fit should look, which is really frustrating. And this isn't just limited to brands; this includes publications. All the other [straight-size] girls in the shoot will get amazing editorial looks, and then the plus girls get pieces that cover their entire body.

If stylists and editors just did a little hunting, they'd definitely find some interesting things. Plus-size models are simply promoting plus-size clothing. I think we can all agree that fat women deserve to clothe themselves with dignity and respect, and we all know these same people would take issue with us walking around naked. Emotionally and mentally, it was also a reclaiming of all of the bad experiences I had in my life because of my size. It was always wavy hair, pink lips, a lot of blush, and a big smile. They extend their size through Photoshop, or they get those women to wear padding so their clothes fit.

I work just as hard on long shoots as any other photographer.

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This was the era of Kate Moss and grunge—there was no such thing as too skinny. Thinner thighs in 10 days is not possible, and honestly…who cares? Even when brands started jumping on the body-positivity bandwagon and decided not to use Photoshop and to show cellulite, they only embraced it to a certain point. The models were still a size 14 or 16 with an hourglass.

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The fashion industry has to set the bar. We need to see women who carry fat on their arms or stomach, or women who are sizes 24 and But we want to have the pretty things our skinny friends have.

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That mentality needs to go. Every deer I reached out to for looks was saying no to me. I was sitting in my office, almost crying at 9 p. But even with both Lindsay and Vogue editors calling deers, I still couldn't get some of the household names we know and love to dress her—one of the coolest, most famous plus-size women! Luckily we did get some, but it was still very difficult. That was a wake-up call for me.

Like, Hey, get out of your bubble thinking we've really made true progress, because we have not. Maybe your sizing is completely off. So how is it my fault? You see it as a brand risk to be associated with them. I think there are all kinds of ugly things that that implies. Thank you for having never done this before and for finally doing something.

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I was there with another huge plus-size influencer in Europe, and another plus-size gal who works behind the scenes in the fashion industry. Need a large woman pushed back and asked to talk to her manager, where we had to wait five minutes for them to finally let us in. And one bum is supposed to go in each of those seats.

If you want a promotion, if you want to get poached and go work somewhere else, if you want to show that you are as important as the straight-size editor beside you, your potential new editor in chief needs to walk in to that show and see you beside your competition, not in the back hiding.

I remember one show where I had a quarter of my left butt cheek on the end of the bench, and I did a wall sit without a wall for the entire show. My fashion writing revolves around plus sizes, so why would I cover that? Even worse is when a publicist tells me how size-inclusive a brand is only to find out their clothes just go up to a size I get it. They got put off to the side for years because no one wanted to invest in plus. If Need a large woman just listened to us or took polls on social media, they could be doing better.

Last year they fit the swimsuit line on me so they could fit on a variety of bodies. When you make clothes for plus-size women, you add to the width and the length. I cannot tell you the amount of times that I, an actual fat fashionable person, have sat at a table with executives telling me what fat people want to wear. Fashion has a real and true fatphobia problem. The openness and the willingness for brands to listen has been awesome. Now when I visit fashion closets and offices, and even behind the scenes at fashion shows, I see an array of shapes, sizes, and ethnicities represented.

Eight years ago, when I started in the industry, no one was talking about plus size. Over the years the body-diversity revolution has brought plus sizes out of the shadows and into the forefront of our collective consciousness. As plus-size women, we actually get to see ourselves out there in the world, taking up space and looking fabulous while doing it. Lindsay Schallon is the senior beauty editor at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram lindsayschallon. Rewards Free Stuff Promos. We're willing to spend money on our clothes Editorial director at Ipsy and former beauty director.

Founder of The Gain and former senior beauty editor. Cofounder and chief creative officer of Universal Standard. PR and strategic partnership manager at Addition Elle. Topics The "F" Word plus sizes size diversity.

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The Fashion Industry Has a Plus-Size Problem. These Women Want to Fix It