keep the plus
photo: Facebook/TessHolliday

In addition to the trolls who like to hate on people sharing body positivity and plus-size fashion on social media, there's also a fair amount of controversy within the movement. 

The biggest debate: the actual plus-size label itself. Does it create separation? Is it keeping the curvy fashion industry from growing and becoming a part of the mainstream?   

Size 16 model Ashley Graham has been vocal about not wanting to be called a plus-size model. Comedian Amy Schumer caused an uproar when she denounced Glamour magazine for putting her in its plus-size-only issue. But size 22 model Tess Holliday is definitely pro-plus. Says Holliday: "There are plenty of things to get offended about, but taking a term that's never been used in hate and is merely a descriptor and trying to take [it] away [from] OUR community is not cool."

Recently, Plus Model Magazine wrote an article on the 30 reasons why we should #KeepThePlus, and women on Twitter chimed in with their personal reasons as well. 


An entire community has come to identify with the label.


To some, eliminating the term gives it a negative connotation.


The plus community has worked for years to get to where it is now, and everything (hashtags, personal brands) are built around that label.


So it's not just a word, it's an identifier.


It's how we find different models and brands.


And it's how people within the community get noticed.


Certainly we shouldn't be ashamed of it.


It's about representing all bodies, and not letting the mainstream exclude us.


The phrase has really become a point of pride — something people want to be a part of.


Getting rid of the plus could make shopping seriously confusing.


It's the stigma that we need to get rid of.


Like all things, it's totally up to you whether you identify with it or not!