Rihanna's Savage X Fenty line is being called out for having different styles for plus-size women
15 January 2019, 17:44
"Honestly how hard is it for them to go up several sizes?"
When Rihanna dropped her Savage X Fenty line in 2017 it was applauded for being innovative and one of a kind. With women of all colours, all sizes and even a heavily pregnant Slick Woods modelling the barely-there lingerie, it was clear Savage X Fenty had excelled at being inclusive where most other underwear brands – ahem, Victoria's Secret – had failed. However, now the brand is being called out for having different designs for plus-size customers to the main range.
Savage X Fenty recently dropped their Valentine's collection complete with heart nipple pasties and see-through undies. But some noticed the drastic differences in design between the main and plus size ranges.
Plus size blogger Alysse Dalessandro tweeted two photos of the "Hearts" bralette, which comes in sizes S-XL and sizes 1X-3X. Both are listed separately on the Savage X Fenty website, but it's pretty easy to see that, while there are some similarities, the two models are wearing completely different designs.
The "Hearts Half Cup Bralette" – which comes in sizes S-XL and retails for £44 – shows a lot more skin in comparison to the plus size one "Hearts Bralette" (£39). There's also no half cup option for plus-size customers, nor is there the more covered up bralette in the main range.
"I understand construction cannot always be the same for plus size (especially in lingerie) but I know you can do strappy bralettes in plus," Alysse tweeted. "So why do brands do this?"
S-XL vs 1X-3X.— Alysse Dalessandro🌈 (@readytostare) January 10, 2019
I understand construction cannot always be the same for plus size (especially in lingerie) but I know you can do strappy bralettes in plus so why do brands do this? pic.twitter.com/vXvLDaB8Sk
Meanwhile, another plus-size activist, Ashleigh Nicole Tribble has been calling out the differences between Savage X Fenty plus and main range sizes since the brand launched.
"My initial response to the launch of Savage X Fenty and it's positioning and messaging as being size inclusive was the same as everyone else's. I was beyond excited," she told Teen Vogue.
"Rihanna has single-handedly managed to revolutionize the makeup industry by doing what other brands refused to do for so long. And when she announced that she would be creating a size-inclusive lingerie line going beyond a size 18, that's what I thought we were going to have for the reality of Savage X Fenty. Other brands that cater to plus sizes have no problem creating the same, or even sexier, lingerie for plus sizes."
Soon, others were commenting on the stark differences, noting that the plus-size range was "less sexy" and more covered up.
Straight size vs. Plus size lol. I think all are cute and I appreciate the extended sizes but these are two veryyyy different types of sexy being sold pic.twitter.com/PBe1i9G4WN— Maritime Pixie Dream Girl (@jillmacintyre) January 10, 2019
Because brands know it’s beneficial monetarily to include plus size women but they still don’t look at us as sexual beings who also want and deserve sexy things 🌚 https://t.co/MZxbkGN9Sv— booked & busy. (@kashmirVIII) January 11, 2019
The body language difference between these two photos. Sheesh.— Emily Louise (@walkswithcrocs) January 10, 2019
Nonetheless, others weren't here for ANY Fenty slander.
This is insane. Fenty literally has busted through every barrier on the runway. Represented every size shape and color. Now we are going to drag her? I’m a plus sized individual and I appreciate any brand that can make clothes that are both hip and practical.— bth (@benjaminhalton) January 15, 2019
I know yall not trying to come for Fenty. pic.twitter.com/pXxXfH8AZQ— Take Your Ponytail (@diferentchick1) January 15, 2019
Realistically, the girl on the left doesn't have much in the way of containment needs. As a woman, I can tell you that my boobs would just laugh at that tiny thing before trying to escape. And the set on the right is sexy AF.— 867-5309 (@RUFauxRlz) January 15, 2019
A lot of people are fake angry about the Savage x Fenty plus size design and let me tell you as someone who ACTUALLY has big boobs (some might say huge) I'm glad they didn't try and give us 2 bits of string to support the equivalent of 4kg of breast meat.... pic.twitter.com/u3q8qA822T— Saina (@Callmesaina1) January 15, 2019
Now, there's no denying that the fashion industry has become more inclusive and it's about time too. However, a lack of "sexier" designs for plus size women only further pushes the idea that more voluptuous women aren't sexy and should cover up.
Despite the backlash, a member of the Savage X Fenty team reached out to Alyssa directly and thanked her for giving her feedback.