It looks like the furore that plus-size models caused in 2009 will follow them into 2010. V magazine, since its launch in 1999, has become known for its eye-catching covers, featuring world-famous models and celebrities, most recently the likes of Mirander Kerr and Natalie Portman. But, perhaps in the spirit of embracing the new, it has decided to feature plus-size models in its January issue. The likes of Crystal Renn will be photographed both clothed and in the nude, by a handful of renowned photographers including Terry Richardson, Bruce Weber and Karl Lagerfeld.
V follows in the footsteps of Glamour magazine, which earlier this year responded to the praise that Lizzie Miller's nude photo (which saw her looking glowing, healthy and happy) received, by featuring more models of Miller's size in subsequent issues, since. V's editor-in-chief, Stephen Gan told Page Six that: "Big, little, pint-size, plus-size - everybody is beautiful. And this issue is out to prove it."
We certainly hope that unlike Italian Vogue's "Black Issue", V will keep up the good work and continue to use a variety of models including plus-size models as covergirls. Lagerfeld himself has said in the past: "No one wants to see curvy women. You've got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly." V is known for being a trend-led magazine as opposed to a lifestyle magazine like Glamour, though, which means that only time will tell if this is simply a one-off occurence.