Graham has been outspoken about her disdain for the label, saying that the term “plus-size” is unnecessarily divisive.
“I think the word plus-size is so divisive to women,” she said in an interview with CBS. “I think that when you use the word plus-size, you’re putting all these women into a category: you don’t eat well; you don’t work out; you could care less about your body; you’re insecure; you have no confidence.”
Lawrence’s reply to The Independent seems to be in a similar vein — she’s just a model with a body. Simple as that.
After multiple people on social media called out Lawrence for being labeled as a plus-size model, Lawrence responded, saying that while the fashion industry sees her as plus-size, she doesn’t.
“I’m considered plus-size by the fashion industry,” she wrote in an Instagram comment. “Because I do not fit into the US sample size 2, as a 12 I am closer to the plus-size samples in size 14. That’s basically it, I’ve never defined myself by size. I have always said I’m Iskra, my job is a model.”
Whether you’re a fan of Lawrence or not, she brings up a good point: We shouldn’t be divided by size.
“I believe no one desires to be labeled,” she told Byrdie. “How can you define someone by their size, color, gender, religion, or sexuality? We are so much more than that. Plus-size has a negative connotation because currently women above a certain size can’t shop in the same stores or wear the same designers. They have been excluded from fashion by an elitist industry, and it’s time to drop the labels and treat everyone equally.”