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Get Ready to Rethink What You Expect a Lingerie Model to Look Like by Leah Melby Clinton

Tia Lyn

Glamour Magazine

Get Ready to Rethink What You Expect a Lingerie Model to Look Like

In case you missed it, Lingerie Fashion Week just concluded in New York City. While the runways were chockablock with pretty, sexy underpinnings, I was thrilled to see the array of body types of the models: women of all shapes and sizes paraded the runway. And you know what? They looked beautiful in their remarkably regular-looking bods (so not the willowy, long, and lean physiques that typically stalk down the runway).

"From the beginning we envisioned it as a platform to embrace and celebrate a wide range of intimate apparel brands and, therefore, body types, from petite to full bust to full figure to maternity," Lauren Rich, founder and organizer of the official event explained to me. "Lingerie is not one-size-fits-all, and neither are the women who wear it, whether on or off the runway."

We just talked about the plus-size runway show staged during London Fashion Week, and you guys loved it. It felt refreshing and realistic to see women closer to the average national size up there strutting it and looking gorgeous. Please know that I'm not saying these women are all plus-size. Rather, they all just feel authentic and realistic to me. I'm hoping it's the start of a nice trend that we'll see happen more and more, without a big to-do because, hey, it's just a normal thing.

"Every model I have ever worked with has a realistic body image, and I think it is so important, especially to the brand," Andrée Ciccarelli, who designed the above, told me. "The industry is finally starting to change, but for the longest time, every model in every ad and photo had a body type that's unattainable and unrealistic. From the beginning, I made a promise to myself to work with real women and to accentuate the figures they have, and I have kept to it. The feedback from customers has been phenomenal."

Tia Lyn at Lingerie Fashion Week in New York has Real Women Model on the catwalk

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