Plus-size fashionistas are going to have a harder time finding clothing that fits because plus-size clothing companies are being hit as hard by the recession as high-end designers and department stores. Many stores have decreased the amount of plus-size clothing they carry or have eliminated the department altogether. Plus-size clothing costs 10 percent more to manufacture, and the demand for it isn’t as high as smaller-sized garments. Sad. At least they can still shop at Faith 21 and Pure Energy. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
Oh, no! We forgot to celebrate our new favorite holiday, International No Diet Day, on May 6th!
But it’s cool. We can still score some body-image karma by grabbing a copy of Lessons From the Fat-O-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce With Your Body by bloggers Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby.
Both women call themselves bloggers of the “fat acceptance movement,” Harding at Shapely Prose and Kirby at The Rotund. These cool ladies critique our society’s obsession with skinny bitches and cover topics like how most diets don’t work and how women can be healthy at lots of sizes, not just when they’re Olsen-twin thin.
Maybe you want to buy it to empower a bigger woman in your life—or maybe you’re the bigger woman who wants empowerment. In any case, we’re really excited when anyone acknowledges what real women look like. [$13.95, Lessons From The Fat-O-Sphere] Keep reading »
The Gossip’s chanteuse Beth Ditto let Superdoll Collectibles give her the Barbie treatment to promote her line for Evans, a plus-sized clothing chain in the UK—and here she is!
We’re psyched the Beth doll will be stage-diving at a rock show while Barbie’s back at the Dream House, doing her nails and mooning over Ken. But it’s rather annoying that Beth-the-Doll is a slimmed-down version of Beth-the-Singer. Real life Beth has belly rolls and wears wackadoo kabuki makeup; she doesn’t have pristine skin or sexy Barbie doe eyes.
As Big Fat Deal put it, “Beth Ditto’s supposed dolly doppelganger has all of her thigh dimples lipo’d away. So close and yet, so far.” We’re not saying the doll’s got to have cellulite—although that would make us feel better about ours. It’s just that the doll Beth looks, well. plastic. [Vogue UK via Big Fat Deal] Keep reading »
Forever 21 will debut a plus-size collection in May called Faith 21. Us Weekly dished on Faith 21 in a recent issue, but the mag misleadingly connected Kim Kardashian to the new line.
Here’s a little faith for fuller-figured fashionistas: On May 1, they can try on a new plus-size line, Faith 21, from hip bargain chain Forever 21 (Kim Kardashian is a fan). “It’s for a curvier girl that loves fashion,” marketing manager Linda Chang tells Us of the knit and woven tops, dresses and jeans, ranging in size from XL to 2XL and all priced at less than $31.
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I’m fat. I have gigantic ta-tas and a fat ass(et). While I didn’t always see it as such (high school was rough), as an adult, having all those extra mouthfuls has certainly come in handy — just ask my boyfriends. But OK, I’ll admit it; being a large lady, I’ve worried about the possibility of suffocating a man to death while sitting on his face. Gasp! Can you imagine me on the local news trying to explain that crime against nature?! But do you know what is a worse fate? Being inhibited in the sack just because you’re a big, beautiful woman. That would be a real shame. With that in mind, I am all for some female empowerment for my fellow fat chicks! However, I should qualify that statement by saying it sucks twice as hard when “sexperts” pretend to be supportive and then dish out condescending advice. A perfect example of this mean-girl tactic is The Sun‘s “Big Girl’s Guide To Sex.” It sounded promising, but in reality, the article features bedroom tips on how to make yourself look thinner, as if that really means sexier. Well, I call bull tit! More, after the jump … Keep reading »
Now that it’s getting cold, I just want to live in a big hoodie. But alas, I need people to still wanted to have sex with me so I’ve got to show off my shape, somehow. What is the just as cute, yet seasonally appropriate, version of that long shirt I called a dress and wore with leggings all summer long? A stylish hoodie sweater tailored to also cover my butt! Speaking of which I’m lovin’ what the elastic waist is doin’ for the booty on this little black number from Dereon. It is a rad twist on the frumpy, yet cozy, hoodie. Plus, it’s a sweater outfit you can get out of it like snap! Heck, I’d like pop the top, add a black and white graphic T, and toss on some silver chains. I’m sure if I strutted to the grocery store in this sweater ensemble, someone is sure to offer to keep me warm if I take it off. [Torrid, $89]
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I was very skeptical when I heard about Essence’s special “Voluptuous Issue” this morning. I thought maybe it would be a gimmick like Vogue Italia’s “Black Issue”. And I didn’t see a need for a special issue celebrating full-figured women because Essence seems to do just that on a consistent basis. One of the reasons I’m not a big fan of this lady mag is because each month they have a section on how to wear a certain outfit in any size. The problem is the first size is an eight. I’m no where near that size, so I felt excluded each time I picked up the magazine. I also, for the life of me, couldn’t figure out why a magazine would celebrate a lifestyle that could lead to health problems. According to the Obesity Society, black women and men have the highest prevalence of obesity than any other race or ethnicity. But after reading the magazine, I had a greater understanding of the thinking behind this issue. Keep reading »
We have some news for Tyra Banks — a size eight dress isn’t plus size and America’s Next Top Model winner Whitney Thompson ain’t no fat girl charity case. The new “plus sized” model is on the cover of the June issue of Seventeen, sending the message to America’s highest risk group for eating disorders that a perfectly fit size eight means you’re a big girl. Adolescents already have enough body issues without a thin girl getting called thick. This is some major mean-girl fashionista bull crap. If you’re gonna give us a plus-size superstar, she better be big enough to play the part. [Bitten & Bound] Keep reading »
Thereâ€™s a new queen in England, and sheâ€™s got more poise than Her Majesty and more cleavage than Elton John. Itâ€™s 17-year-old, size 16 beauty queen Chloe Marshall! Sheâ€™ll be strutting her stuff in the Miss England Pageant in July, but sheâ€™s already become a media darling. â€œWhat I am promoting is a healthy girl who looks after herself and doesn’t try to force her body to be something its not,â€ Chloe told Hello Magazine, which was excited to get her to slip into something less comfortable — the white rhinestone bikini sheâ€™ll be confidently wearing in the competition. Proudly flying in the face of skinny minnie pageant girls like the tragically dumb blonde Miss Teen South Carolina, Chloe is a refreshingly smart spokesmodel who is bravely going where no plus-size girl has gone before. This pretty warrior princess couldnâ€™t be happier to show off her ambition. â€œIt’s what I was born to do â€“ posing for the camera. And as I keep saying, I love my body. People seem desperate to get me to say that I don’t, that deep down I’m not happy and would rather be thin, but the fact is I wouldn’t change myself at all.â€ We wouldnâ€™t change a thing either, hot stuff! [Dlisted] Keep reading »