Walking into her Calvin Klein (CK) photoshoot, 27-year-old Myla Dalbesio thought she’d be treated differently than all the other models. She figured she was the odd one out, but surprisingly no one batted an eye at her size 10 frame.
Now we know that the fashion industry loves to stick to their classic size zero to six models AND love to pat themselves on the back the one rare time they hire someone size seven or larger. So, the fact that CK quietly hired a size 10 for their underwear line “Perfect Fit” and, you know, didn’t have a big parade about it should be applauded, right? Wrong, at least according to the internet.
It all started when Dalbesio was interviewed by Elle and said this among other things: “They released me in this campaign with everyone else; there’s no distinction. It’s not a separate section for plus size girls.”
See, that quote seems innocent enough. But when people saw her classify her size-10-self as a plus-size girl, the internet went up in flames. They quickly assumed that CK hired her as a plus-size model — even though CK hasn’t pitched her as that. Pretty soon other publications ran headlines that said something to the effect of “Meet Calvin Klein’s new ‘plus-size’ model” which just made matters worse. Here’s some of the anger expressed on social media:
Oy. Way to blow things out of proportion, people of the internet. CK didn’t distinguish her from the other sized women in the campaign and neither should we. Calvin Klein have been leaders in the underwear market and we think they should keep doing what they’re doing. No controversy here.