Bearing in mind that a UK dress size 10 is considered 'plus size' in the modelling industry, the definition of plus size vs. overweight can be a grey area.
Over the years I have fluctuated to a dress size 20, and I am now a 'stable' size 16. At no point have I ever seen a picture of a 'skinny', straight sized model and thought I wanted to look that way.
Likewise, I felt unfit and lethargic when I was at my heaviest. I would like to think that a Plus Size model could be viewed as a role model for promoting confidence and trying to show that beauty really is about more than just size.
But at the same I totally agree that being overweight is detrimental health - just as being underweight can be damaging.
Plus Size models do not promote obesity, they promote acceptance. I think society has a very long way to go before young women see a curvy model and decide to gain weight in order to look that way.
Nor do I feel that I make being overweight acceptable. Most women I have met (and quite a few gents) I know are either trying to lose weight or tone up or change their shape.
But what is wrong with learning how to look fabulous in the skin you are in now!? I can't think of anything more frustrating than buying an outfit online that looks amazing on the size eight model and when I try it on looks incredibly unflattering.
Because I cannot relate to her or her figure, I find it refreshing to see an outfit shown on a body that more closely matches mine - with a tummy, and a bum!
The most important topic in the debate is health, and we all know that being overweight increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. But the problems of being underweight are equally unappealing.
I know that when I am in front of a camera I hope that someone looks at the final result and thinks: "She looks happy, comfortable, confident" or: "How refreshing - I feel slightly more accepting of myself."
Not: "I feel like eating a hamburger or two!!"
I hope that one day the industry will be less about extremes and more about embracing the fact that fashion is fun, makes us look and feel great and that health is, and should always be, a priority.
Amy Sellu is a model from Ickenham who is classified by the fashion industry as 'plus size', that is, more than a size 10. In fact she is a size 16, and after winning the Simply Be Face Of Plus Size in 2010, gets regular modelling work and has appeared in Italian Vogue. Amy took her A-levels at Uxbridge College, has worked in the health and fitness industry and is working toward becoming a personal trainer.
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