Why Did Ultrathin Models Make a Comeback at Fashion Week?

Castings of midsize and plus size models fell by almost a quarter compared with last season, according to new data.

As Paris Fashion Week came to a close this week — and with it the season in fashion, after almost two months of men’s and women’s wear shows — one controversial industry trend reared its head once again: a lack of size diversity on the runways.

High fashion has long been notorious for fetishizing extreme thinness. The standard size of a runway model is around a U.S. dress size 0 or 2. By contrast, the average dress size worn by American women is a 16, according to widely cited statistics (most

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