"'[O]ver the past 30 years models in magazines have grown steadily thinner, so that now they tend to be about 15% underweight....There's a growing disparity between the bodies women have and the ideal being displayed to them.' Meanwhile, research conducted jointly with Dr Helga Dittmar, of Sussex University, suggests models do not have to be ultra-thin to sell products effectively - an argument often used by advertisers."
Anyway, the September 27 episode of America's Next Top Model featured your favorite plus-sized woman and mine, Queen Latifah. (I didn't see it--was she awesome?) So maybe there's hope after all!