Meet Sarah Hartshorne. She’s the new plus-size model on America’s Next Top Supermodel.
Weighing in at a hefty 5’10″ and 150 pounds, size-8 Sarah seems to be the show’s one and only token plus-size model this season.
“I’m a little nervous because I am the plus-size girl,” admitted Hartshorne in an interview with Entertainment Tonight seen here on YouTube.
“Sarah’s our plus-size model, but I have to say, I don’t think Sarah’s necessarily a true plus,” said Banks, executive producer of the show in the same clip.
“Necessarily a true plus?” Try she’s hardly a true plus. Plus-size models usually wear a size 14 or above – Sarah wears a size 8. Her height and current weight puts her BMI at 21.5, well below the BMI cutoff of 25, which signifies overweight. And to be considered obese, Sarah would have to gain 65 pounds.
If “normal” weight is the new plus-size, where does that leave the majority of American women who, on average, wear a size 14, as well as the one-third of all American women who wear a size 16 or larger?