Does model Lara Stone look 'large' to you? Photo courtesy of Vogue

Pass the Kleenex...

'It' model Lara Stone opens up to Rebecca Johnson in the January issue of Vogue about the emotional turmoil behind being a "larger" model in the cutthroat fashion industry.

Did we mention that homegirl is a size 4?!

While some of us would trade -- and have -- our firstborn for that distinction, in the modeling arena Stone might as well be one of those morbidly obese people who needs to have a wall torn down just to get out of the house, judging by the kind of drama she says she's had to endure.

"It's depressing when the clothes don't fit and you are always the odd one out," Stone says in the article, citing a recent shoot in which a "rude" stylist asked her to try on a tight dress.

"It's like, come on, she's a woman; whether you're buying jeans at the mall, or wearing couture, you know what it's like for clothes not to fit.

"It's not an easy kind of rejection, because it's very personal. It's you, your body. You take it to heart."

Stone also recalls her attempts to lose weight, turning to pills which made her heart race. When those didn't work, she reportedly turned to alcohol and developed a drinking problem.

Now, the healthier and happier model says, "People still tell me I'm fat, but when I look in the mirror, that's not what I see."

What the interview illustrates is the absolute absurdity of the fashion industry's stance on size. That a beautiful, slender woman who is still smaller than the average woman (10 sizes, at that) gets called "fat" is sickening.

Then again, so is the industry's self-congratulatory and condescending need to play over-zealous cheerleader for slightly curvier models, while maligning plus-size models and post-waif gals like Gemma Ward.

We love Stone's look, but we don't think her size 4 status is the size breakthrough the industry so desperately needs. In other words, wake us up when you go really crazy and book, oh, a size 6.

And we certainly don't buy the fashion world's urge to pat itself on the back for escaping those misogynistic ol' days where skinny was sexy. News flash: It still is, in this distorted world -- just ask Ralph Lauren.

Are you fed up with the fashion industry's skewed view on weight, or do you think being skinny is just part of the job? Leave a comment!

To read more of Stone's interview, visit and pick up the January issue of Vogue, on newsstands Dec. 22.

Check out our sister site Lemondrop's take on this size story.

And read about Karl Lagerfeld's new photo shoot starring plus-size models.