The Climb: Calvin Klein Model Myla Dalbesio on Breaking Barriers in the Fashion Industry

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For this year's Calvin Klein "Perfectly Fit" campaign, the fashion brand recruited model Myla Delbasio to appear in its ads. Pretty  standard, right? Not quite--Dalbesio made history by becoming the first plus-sized model to front a Calvin Klein ad campaign--but does the 27-year-old really consider herself plus-sized?

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"I've never been plus-sized," shares Dalbesio, who says she has been both a size 8 and size 12, in her latest interview for The Climb. "The only girls that would accept girls of my size were plus-size boards, and that is kind of how women my size ended up becoming part of that category."

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Despite being referred to as a plus-sized model, the Minnesota native is hopeful that her unprecedented Calvin Klein campaign will open doors to more aspiring models, regardless of their size. "I like to think that this whole controversy is starting a greater conversation towards more inclusivity with fashion," she says. "I really like to believe that this means more girls my size have a chance at breaking in."

For more of Myla Dalbesio's inspiring story, plus she talks about the importance of authenticity, and inspiring girls to be self-confident, watch the video above.

Want more from The Climb? Visit our hub for the full archive of interviews with style expert Jeannie Mai, fashion blogger Arielle Nachmani, model and author Crystal Renn, and jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher

SHOW TRANSCRIPT

[MUSIC] I'm Myla Dalbesio and I'm an artist and model. I'm not plus-sized [LAUGH] I'm not plus-sized. I never been plus-sized. I think at my largest I I was maybe a 12. My smallest, an eight. In the fashion industry, when I started, there was no space for anyone in between a size zero to four and then, like, a 12 plus. So the only boards that would accept girls my size were plus-size boards, and that is kind of how women my size ended up becoming part of that category. I would tell. Girls that are more than eight or ten to explore all their options, to try to go towards all agencies. I like to think that this whole controversy is starting a greater conversation towards more inclusivity with fashion. I really like to believe that this means that more girls my size have a chance. And breaking in. [MUSIC]

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