Model Myla Dalbesio has made history by being Calvin Klein’s first size-10 model!
The 27-year-old Wisconsin native is considered plus-size by industry standards. While most models are size zero-two, and plus size is considered anything 12 and over, Myla lands somewhere in the middle.
‘It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl,’ Myla, who stands at 5ft 11in, told Elle. ‘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.’
Myla, who describes her body type as ‘in the middle,’ looks stunning in the ‘Perfectly Fit’ campaign, flaunting her curves in a black bra, her brunette hair slicked back.
She says the ad, which also features the more ‘straight-sized’ Jourdan Dunn, Ji Hye Park, Amanda Wellsh and Lara Stone, is revolutionary in that it doesn’t address that fact that she is the lone ‘plus-size’ model in the group.
‘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,’ she explained. As such, ‘this [campaign] was such a great feeling.’
And yet some people have taken to Twitter in outrage that she could even be considered a ‘bigger’ girl.
‘Genuine WTF moment,’ one critic wrote in a tweet directed at Elle. ‘This woman is described as “plus-size” and “a bigger girl”. Aaaraagahagaagahahagahahag’.
Another person said: ‘I wouldn’t consider her a plus size model. Her height and her muscular tone should not categorize as a “big girl.”‘ And a third commented angrily: ‘How is that plus size??’
Despite the outcry, which seems to be directed at Elle rather than Calvin Klein, Myla says landing the campaign has made her hopeful that size is becoming less of an issue in the fashion industry.
I’m not the biggest girl on the market but I’m definitely bigger than anyone Calvin Klein has ever worked with
‘They released me in this campaign with everyone else; there’s no distinction. It’s not a separate section for plus-size girls.’
Isn’t it absolutely crazy that we live in a world that considers HER to be big? She is absolutely gorgeous – and no part of her is big!
We’re proud of Calvin Klein for using a REAL women for their ads! Let’s hope the rest of the designers follow suit!