The model's new campaign is causing controversy

By Michele Corriston
Updated November 11, 2014 10:33 PM
Advertisement

The Today Show

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes — just ask Myla Dalbesio.

The model, who wears a size 10, shows off her curves in Calvin Klein’s new Perfectly Fit campaign, but the company faced criticism last week after an
Elle
article called her “plus size” for the fashion industry (a term the designer never uses).

“It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl,” she told the magazine. “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.”

Cue the online outrage. Twitter users clashed over whether Dalbesio really is plus-size or just “normal.” It’s a distinction Dalbesio says is besides the point: She’s somewhere in the middle, much like most women.

“Life doesn’t work in only extremes, and true body diversity is everything and everyone,” she said on the Today show Tuesday. “It’s a range of sizes and shapes. It’s not just super skinny or just larger.”

Still, she’s proud to be a part of the designer’s ads.

“I think it’s really unfortunate, because I think that Calvin Klein has done something that’s really groundbreaking,” she said of the backlash. “They released this campaign with me right alongside all of the other girls of varying shapes and sizes, and didn’t make a fuss about it.”

Tell us: What do you think of the Calvin ad? Should more models be in between size zero and plus size? Sound off in the comments.

— Michele Corriston

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

[article_newsletter]