I wanted to write about this the moment it happened, but wanted to wait just a little, so as not to spoil it for those who had DVR'd or TiVo'd it. By now, however, I'm thinking everyone knows.
Whitney Thompson was proclaimed "America's Next Top Model" on Wednesday night — she is the first full-figured model to hold the title. Although Anya was my personal favorite, I couldn't be happier for Whitney. Anya will have an amazing career in modeling despite coming second; for Whitney, and other full-figured models, this opens doors which otherwise would have been harder to push through.
The message to the fashion world is clear: America and the world are ready to see models of varying sizes, not just women sizes 0-2. Just like Tyra said, Whitney's only "plus sized" in the fashion industry — on the street she's "just a hot chick." Whitney's dress size varies between 8 and 10, whereas the average American woman is a size 12.
In an interview with the New York Post yesterday, Whitney said:
"People always say you have to be stick-skinny, emaciated and unhealthy and I've kind of stood up for [being full-figured] my whole life."
Tyra Banks quoted from the TV program.
Whitney Thompson quoted from The New York Post