What Is Plus-Size? A Petition Is Asking Victoria’s Secret to Up Sizing on a Range That Already Extends to Size 16

This morning, Danica sent along a link to a Change.org petition asking Victoria’s Secret to expand its size range so that a plus-size fan could shop. I immediately clicked over to the brand’s site to check out what sizes it did offer and dug into the size chart: XL correlates to a size 16. That’s certainly more than the niche brands whose largest offering isn’t much more than an 8, but still—what is plus-size, officially?

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Per Plus Model magazine, plus-size includes clothing sizes 12 to 24 (past that, it’s something called super- and extended-size). By that definition, Victoria’s Secret does in fact offer some plus options, but is it enough?

“While I believe every company has the right to market however they wish, I also believe all women, including plus-size women like me, have perfect bodies and deserve to feel sexy too,” petitioner Dana Drew wrote, referencing the hullabaloo the company caused with its Perfect Body campaign.”My money and my credit are good enough for them, but the fact that I can buy only items like perfume, lotion, and body spray sends the message that my body is not. Every year I watch the Angel fashion show and would love to purchase the items I see on my screen but can’t because Victoria’s Secret doesn’t sell plus-sizes.”

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