So, because I said I would, here is the e-mail I just sent to Avenue clothing store.
Dear Avenue: How in the world as a new customer am I supposed to know that the items you are selling are for plus-sized women when NONE of your models are actually plus-sized? And I don’t mean “model” plus-sized (which is what, a 10??) but real-world fat chicks. I wear a size 24. None of your models look ANYTHING like me. Why is that? You’re selling to people like ME – so hire models that look like ME, not the skinny chick next door. I cannot, in good conscience, buy from a store that obviously doesn’t LIKE how I look or think that someone my size would look good in your clothes. And I know that this is probably not something your store cares about (obviously, or you would have already fixed this) but I’ll be posting this e-mail on my facebook, blog, Pinterest and anything else I can think of to convince others to say the same things and shop elsewhere.
I am saddened by the fact that they expect us to spend our money there, but they don’t think people who wear their clothes are pretty enough to model them. What an insult!!
Please, if you feel the same way, write them too. Maybe they’ll wake up and change how they market their clothes if we all start saying something.