What French Elle did for its Curvy Issue is daring, important and hopefully not just a trend. But, it's still a "special issue." Is it necessary to only do features with curvier/plus-size models? What's worse is when there is a subtle, apologetic explanation in headlines for the curvy-ness: Embrace Your Curves! If You've Got It, Flaunt It! Big is Beautiful!
I know, I shouldn't be complaining. This, after all, is progress.
And like my friend Cathryn said, what about the rest of us? You know, the ones who sit comfortably between model-thin and plus-size? What about the US-size 6-12s!? What about simply implementing a more diverse size range throughout an entire magazine? Seeing that sort of variety in departments and features would help us realize and remember that there is no such thing as typical, and yes, any girl can rock stripes if she wants to.