Calvin Klein Taps Plus Size Model Myla Dalbesio for Underwear Ad Causing Controversy

Joanna Elizabeth


Published November 10, 2014


Updated January 27, 2024

Plus-size model Myla Dalbesio poses in recent Calvin Klein Underwear ad. Photo: Lachlan Bailey
Plus-size model Myla Dalbesio poses in recent Calvin Klein Underwear ad. Photo: Lachlan Bailey

At 27-years old, model Myla Dalbesio poses for Calvin Klein’s new underwear campaign. The dark-haired beauty joins the likes of Lara Stone and Jourdan Dunn for the black and white advertisements photographed by Lachlan Bailey. The only thing that makes Myla different is that she is considered plus size. At a size 10 US, many people on social media are angry over the thought of her being called plus size. A Calvin Klein spokesperson even released a statement saying that the new line was meant to be “more inclusive” and cater to “the needs of different women” due to the strong reaction.

The only problem was that Calvin Klein never called Myla plus size or brought attention to the fact that she was bigger than the other models. It seems to have begun in a recent interview with Elle, where Dalbesio says, “It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl.” She continues, “I’m not the biggest girl on the market but I’m definitely bigger than all the girls [Calvin Klein] has ever worked with, so that is really intimidating.” However, Dalbesio elaborated there were no divisions in the shoot, noting that there was no separate section for “plus size girls”.

So why all the anger? Maybe it starts with the fact that plus size is even a term. In the past, models like Robyn Lawley have stated that they not like the term plus size. And elsewhere, IMG Models made the move recently to remove the division between “straight-sized” models and “plus sized” girls on its agency site. Should the term plus size be rethought, or should we end it altogether? Share your thoughts below.

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3 thoughts on “Calvin Klein Taps Plus Size Model Myla Dalbesio for Underwear Ad Causing Controversy”

  1. I personally think its not that big of a deal. Thats how it’s been for years. I don’t find the term plus size to be offensive. And the modeling world is a different world. So yes a size 10 model in a pool of size 0s is plus size – but only in that industry. Let’s not cause an uproar over something that is only pertinent to one facet of the industry.

  2. Folks. A size 10 is pretty small. This girl is healthy, slim and gorgeous and this tired old debate has become ridiculous. It is shape of the body and tone. Height. If your waist is smaller than your hips and tummy by 10 inches, it doesn’t matter if you’re a size 2 or 10, you are shapely. Most of the people who criticize these girls could only dream of looking so GOOD

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