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"I Never Let My Size Define Me Or The Opportunities I Have" Plus Size Pinup Models Talk About Their Experiences As Pinup Models

I was shocked by people's outrage when popular plus-sized actress and singer Chrissy Metz was featured in a spread for Harper's Bazaar. I don't care what size you are, you shouldn't hold back from following your dreams just because of a number on a scale. Unfortunately, this is nothing new. The pin-up industry has been known for only favoring women of smaller sizes in the past. Take what happened to Fannie for example; She was a fictional plus-size pin-up girl created by pin-up artist Walter Borden for a calendar issue that was never used, seemingly because of her size. The pin-up industry is now known for being more accepting towards women with curves because of how well the style of clothing complements their figures. But, there's still a long way to go - I wanted to get an actual plus sized Pin-up Girl’s point of view on this topic - I spoke to two plus-sized Pinup models who are taking the fashion world by storm about their experiences in the pinup industry, and the challenges they face as women of a larger size.

Jenny Rieu talks about her experiences being a plus size pinup model
Jenny Rieu
"Here is the thing, there's no hardest part about being a plus-size pin-up girl. Sure a lot of retro brands still hire mostly the same cookie cutter stereotype of what a pin-up should look like. However, there is room for everyone. I never let my size define me or the opportunities I have. I would also add that the fact that I am a plus size pin-up doing retro inspired shoots makes me stand out, especially being a woman of color."

Jenny Rieu talks about her experiences being a plus size pinup model
Secret Plus Size Goddess
"The biggest problem I face is the lack of clothing available. Whilst more companies are increasing their sizes, it can be very difficult to get things to fit. Original plus size vintage is pretty much non-existent in sizes above a 14-16, so we rely on reproduction, which some avid vintage people turn their noses up at due to a lack of authenticity. Also, the designs of some of the reproductions are problematic. Making a halter-necked dress for a plus size pin-up means either your bra straps are on show, or you have to resort to corsetry, which I do.

Because someone is plus size, doesn't mean they are tall with it so lengths can be difficult too reaching mid-calf instead of knee-length for example The choices out there are definitely much better now than they have ever been, but it is still disproportionate and simply not good enough."