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Calvin Klein Labeling a Size 14 Model as Plus-Size Sparks Debate

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She caused an uproar in 2014 when she was called the first plus-size model of Calvin Klein. Two years down the line, Myla Dalbesia has once again found herself in the spotlight when actress Catherine Tydesley commented on her casting.

Myla Dalbesio is a Pennsylvania born 29-year-old who has posed for Vogue and Elle. She was part of a 2014 underwear campaign where she worked with models Jourdan Dunn and Lara Stone

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In 2014, despite being only a size 10 (UK size 14), Myla was labelled as plus size. This caused a huge uproar and eventually Myla just distanced herself from the term and called herself normal size.

Now that she is closer to being a US size 8, Myla says, “In the fashion industry there was no space for anyone in between a size 0 and four and the 12 plus, so the only boards that would except girls of my size is plus-size boards and that’s how women my size ended up becoming part of that category. This whole controversy is starting a greater conversation towards more inclusive fashion.”

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Actress Catherine Tydesley, from the show Coronation Street, tweeted a meme from the Calvin Klein campaign which had the words Calvin Klein’s first plus size model. She captioned it, “Tell me this is a joke?? PLUS size?!?! Congrats on giving another generation of girls eating disorders/insecurities.”

Many Twitter users were outraged with Lorin Paterson reacting by writing, “Plus size does not mean what Calvin Klein think it does.”

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Another person tweeted, “This Is A ‘Plus Size’ Model, According To Calvin Klein. They Are Proud.”

Many of the reactions were angry or of disbelief that a seemingly fit model would be classified as plus size. 

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Plus-Size Debate

Calvin Klein never called Myla plus size. When she was signed up to Ford Models, she was categorized as plus size before moving to Jag Models and being placed in the “in-between” category. 

Myla told the Today Show in 2014, “I think that Calvin Klein has done something that’s really groundbreaking, which is they released this campaign with what some would say is a normal-size model, a size 10 (UK 14). And size-10 girls, there’s not a lot of spots for us to fit in in the fashion industry.”

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