Bethany Rutter’s Plus+ book is proof that inspiration, creativity, and great fashion sense can come in many shapes and sizes. A coffee table book featuring over 100 plus-size looks, edited by the fashion blogger from London and a fat activist (formerly of Arched Eyebrow fame), features more than 100 of the boldest and most empowering street style looks from around the world.
Ebury Press approached Rutter in the summer of 2016 and she began work on the project 10 months later. She admits that she would not have approached her agent to discuss a plus-size street style book. “I just didn’t believe there would be a market for it or that any major publisher would support it.” People are demanding better representations of women and society. Plus+ has been receiving positive feedback since its release last month. It is promoting plus-size diversity as well as impeccable style for a wider audience. Rutter says that the Little Book of Big Babes was published before mine. However, it was self-published and might not have been as widely distributed. I believe that having a book available for mainstream sale is a positive thing for many people.
Rutter mixed up #BoPo leaders Gabi and Nadia Aboulhosn to find the most talented. To accompany her images, she also collected fashion and style quotes from each individual.
Refinery29 sat down with Rutter to find out more about her book’s creation, and her goals for the project, as well as to discuss the current state of the plus-size community within mainstream media narratives and the fashion industry.