This beautiful woman is 22-year-old Vered Fisher, a member of the intelligence unit of the Israeli army who was crowned “Miss Large” after beating out 15 other contestants in a plus-size pageant. As weirded out as I am about beauty pageants in general, and as much as I wish there didn’t have to be a distinction between “large” beauty and mainstream beauty, it’s always refreshing to see more body diversity in areas that have normally been off-limits to larger women. Plus, I love Fisher’s message to other plus size women: “You are pretty as you are and you can succeed as you are.” [BuzzFeed]
An unnamed guy in Israel divorced his wife this week, after she accumulated 550 cats. The guy complained that he could no longer sleep in the couple’s bed or move around their house because the cats were everywhere. The couple tried counseling, but the woman eventually chose the cats over her husband.
And here’s where I have no sympathy for this dude. Because 550 cats doesn’t just happen overnight. Guy, you had time, say around cat 20 or 30, to voice that you were uncomfortable with the situation. Maybe around cat 100 you could have thrown out an ultimatum. But you didn’t. Instead, you waited until your wife was 550 cats deep before you took some action. So this problem is just as much yours as it is hers. Just as a 1,000 pound man doesn’t just suddenly wake up and realize that he needs the fire department to come and break him out of his own living room, owning 550 cats is a problem that develops over time.
I will say though, that I’m sure the ammonia smell from the litter box was probably no picnic. [Times of Israel]
The battle against photo manipulation, namely within the realm of fashion, is an ongoing one with no end in sight. It seems like more fuel is constantly being fed to the fire: a (stunning) size 10 model depicted as a waifish size zero here, an errant penis there. England was the first to ban an advertisement featuring a malnourished model last year, and it would seem that Israel took notes on the subject. The country gave the go-ahead to a new law on Monday, a mandate that forces all advertisements to explicitly admit to the usage of digital imaging in order to make a model appear slimmer. Liad Gil-Har, an assistant to one of the law’s sponsors, said, “We want to break the illusion that the model we see is real.” Keep reading »
Israel’s “Dancing With the Stars” has gotten a lot of press for their decision to feature a same-sex dance pair this season. Gili Shem-Tov is an openly gay sportscaster and Dorit Milman is a heterosexual professional dancer. But they make beautiful music together. “When we go on primetime TV as a couple, we’re showing everyone can love everyone. It’s about respecting the way of life of other people, even if it’s not your way of life,” Dorit said after their first live dance together. Love it. [The Daily What] Keep reading »
I come from a very Jewish family. My great-grandparents were involved in the foundation of the Zionist movement, and my mother is Jewish clergy. Hebrew was apparently my first language when I began talking at 2 years old during the time we lived in Jerusalem (unfortunately, I can’t really speak it anymore), and my pre-teen years were encapsulated by Bat Mitzvah tutoring. The thing is, I’ve never really felt Jewish, at least not in the religious sense. As I grew into a cynical teenager, my beliefs about God went out the window, and I felt disconnected and bored by most facets of Judaism.
Culturally, however, it’s a different story … Keep reading »