After Victoria’s Secret quietly changed its “perfect body” slogan, and Topshop came under attack for a skinny mannequin, the fashion industry has been hit with yet another controversy: Calvin Klein’s “plus-size” model.
The outrage was sparked after model Myla Dalbesio gave an interview in which she spoke about her claim that she is the biggest girl Calvin Klein has ever worked with.
In the Elle interview, she said Calvin Klein did not have a separate section for plus-size girls or a plus-size campaign, and that she's "not skinny enough to be with the skinny girls and I'm not large enough to be with the large girls".
"It's kind of confusing because I'm a bigger girl," Dalbesio 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."
Despite Elle magazine tweeting out that she was Calvin Klein's plus-size model, the fashion label has never actually stated that Myla Dalbesio – a US size 10 and a UK size 14 – was hired as a plus-size model.
Calvin Klein did say however that the images for the new line, modelled by Dalbesio and other models, are an attempt to be more "inclusive" for "different women".
A Calvin Klein spokeswoman told the New York Times: "The Perfectly Fit line was created to celebrate and cater to the needs of different women, and these images are intended to communicate that our new line is more inclusive and available in several silhouettes in an extensive range of sizes."