Nov 11, 2014 10:44AM

Calvin Klein's Myla Dalbesio Criticised For Not Being Plus Sized Enough

The politics of size.

Size US 10 model/artist and Oyster #99 gal Myla Dalbesio has just scored a spot in Calvin Klein's recent underwear campaign alongside Lara Stone, Jourdan Dunn and Ji Hye Park. But, unlike her fellow models, the casting of Myla has caused some controversy online, with people saying she's not 'plus sized' enough to warrant the term used by Elle US to describe her.

As a Calvin Klein spokesperson told the NY 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." But tweets to the label have included comments like "WTF Calvin Klein — this is your 'plus sized' model?" and "That's not a plus size! You guys need to rethink what a plus sized is."

Myla, who sees herself as "in the middle," addressed the issue by saying, "It's not like [Calvin Klein] released this campaign and were like 'Whoa, look, there's this plus-size girl in our campaign.' They released me in this campaign with everyone else; there's no distinction. It's not a separate section for plus-size girls." She continues, "I'm a bigger girl ... 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."

As NYT Vanessa Friedman wrote, "Partly, I would think, it's because of its Kate Moss-in-her-super-skinny-younger-days past, and because of the immediate assumption when it comes to fashion that designers and the houses they shape (literally and metaphorically) are the driving forces behind body dysmorphism, and it's fun to call them out on it. More fun than, say, calling out magazines or even the models and their agencies themselves."

See Myla Dalbesio in Tung Walsh's NSFW shoot for Oyster #101.

Photos: Stacey Mark for Oyster #99/Elle US

Jerico Mandybur