Myla Dalbesio on Being Calvin Klein's "Biggest" Model
Booking an underwear campaign for such an iconic brand would be a coup for any model. But it’s especially notable for Dalbesio, who, at a size 10, is what the fashion industry would—still, surprisingly—call “plus size."
“It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl,” Dalbesio says. “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.”
“I’m in the middle,” she says. “I’m not skinny enough to be with the skinny girls and I’m not large enough to be with the large girls and I haven’t been able to find my place. This [campaign] was such a great feeling.” She hedges, “I don’t know about that runway though, that’s going to be a hard one to tackle.”
Dalbesio spent years abusing Adderall, crash dieting, and flirting with bulimia in an attempt to whittle herself to “straight size." This move by Calvin Klein gives her hope that she will be helping end that horrible side of the fashion industry.