Health & Science
Master of Arts (MA)
The Sixty-Six Percent represent the percentage of women in the U.S. who are overweight. They are regarded as full-figured or “plus” size in the world of women’s apparel. Even though more than half of American women wear a “plus” size - size 14 and up - designs for these women account for a fraction of women’s apparel - Only 37% of women's wear is plus-size.
The Sixty-Six Percent is coming at an important time in a broader conversation about de-stigmatizing what it means to be a plus-size woman in America. Fat shaming has become taboo and mainstream media as well as fashion trends are becoming more inclusive of the plus-sizes – from Sports Illustrated to New York Fashion Week (NYFW). As this short film indicates, the plus industry has come a long way, but it still has a long way to go to be part of an inclusive conversation in the fashion industry as a whole.
Abruzzo, Natalie, "The Sixty-Six Percent" (2015). CUNY Academic Works.
Available for download on Thursday, December 31, 2020