About Polly Chester

Polly is a thinker, writer and social worker with passions for human rights, caring for the environment, social justice, social policy, epistemology, philosophy and psychology

Myla Dalbesio and the size debate we shouldn’t be having

Polly Chester begs us all to cease talking about the size of models like Myla Dalbesio…stop the banal conversation, save a unicorn!


Did you know that every time you make a comment about a female fashion model’s body size, two unicorns impale each other with their pearly horns and die loud, grisly, miserable deaths?


The unicorns I’ve met are indifferent toward the fashion industry; they’re far more concerned with bringing magic, joy and happiness to people’s lives. Unicorns know that the fashion industry is the antithesis to their mission and values…so rather than duel each other, they impale horrible, soulless fashion designers whenever they come across them in champagne bars.

I’m wondering why we’re still talking about the dress size of fashion models with Myla Dalbesio being the Calvin Klein model du jour to whom I’m referring. I’ve had enough of this conversation. I have never bought a piece of clothing after I saw that it looked good on a high fashion model, and I suspect that most people could identify with here.

Apparently, Myla Dalbesio is a size 10. Size 10? Well, what the fuck does that mean? Generally, people find out that many countries have their own systems for sizing clothes through mistakenly buying doll-sized clothing over the internet. This is endlessly frustrating for people like me, who do most of their shopping over the internet. Size conversion charts are often unreliable and the whole process could be made simpler if sizing were universal.

I’ve had a fair bit of experience with buying clothes over the years and let me tell you, “size 10” is insufficient information, even if you’re buying from a range that uses the sizing system of only one country. Myla Dalbesio is a US size 10 and a UK size 14. This tells us nothing, because we see her only in photographs. She looks like a human with boobs and a butt and a pleasant, yet rather forgettable face. From her photos, I can’t tell anything about her size.

More importantly, why does anyone care?

Can we please shut down this banal, outdated conversation about the dress size of fashion models? It’s always been damaging for the confidence of women and girls of all shapes and sizes, as both plus size and skinny models get torn apart by the media in equal measures.

The results that are borne from these conversations are predictable: at best, self-flagellation and at worst, sororicide.


To celebrate being a year old, we want you, the readers, to help us decide the articles you loved best during our first year and to encourage you  to participate, we are giving away three prizes!

All you have to do is look through our archives of content and email us your favourite article and also if you want, the one you weren’t so up with. From the submissions, we will assess the most-loved content from our first year and republish it at the end of our birthday month.

Both writers and readers are encouraged to enter (No, Paris, you cannot nominate your own articles…#justsaying), so please email us at [email protected] by 30th November to enter! Please include your name, address and mobile number.

And the prizes are…(did we mention there are prizes…?)

First prize: A brilliant acting course based in Sydney and hosted by Darlo Drama worth $550!

Second prize:  A gift pack from our friends at Booktopia

Third prize: Four movie passes

(Plus watch out for a couple of of other competitions during our birthday month!)

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