Ladies, this is not your mother’s plus-size swimsuit catalog. First of all, the suits are sexy, flattering, and in no way resemble a waterproof muumuu. Second of all, Torrid has unveiled the first “official face” of the brand, plus-size model Georgina Burke, and she is absolutely stunning. She’s also an outspoken advocate for more body diversity in the fashion world, telling Women’s Wear Daily, “Sixty-eight percent of women in America are over size 12. Why can’t we be put in the magazine as well? Who’s to say we aren’t good enough to be in there? What’s wrong with putting me as the face of a company or using us in a magazine or putting us out there in a fashionable way?” Preach! After the jump, check out another shot of Georgina wearing a fabulous red polka dot suit that you’re going to want in your closet, like, now. Keep reading »
Anyone who wears a hard-to-find, frequently sold-out, or generally ignored size knows that shopping can be an extremely frustrating experience. The next time you’ve scoured the racks and your size is nowhere to be found, channel that frustration into one of these polite-but-productive clothes calling cards, and leave it with the manager. You can print out the cards for free or purchase them on Etsy, with proceeds benefiting Dress For Success. [Clothes Calling Card via Already Pretty]
Disney princesses are a very specific breed of (cartoon) women, something akin to a casting session for “The Bachelor.” Tall, skinny, long-hair, conventionally beautiful. In other woods, despite the company’s attempt to diversify their movies in recent years, Disney princesses are not even remotely reflective of women in the real world.
High school junior Jewel Moore of Farmville, Virginia, is trying to change that. She is asking Disney, through a Change.org petition, to create the first-ever plus-size Disney princess. Keep reading »
Not sure why a national clothing retailer thought no one would notice if they just popped a pregnant model into a “plus size” dress and called it a day, but people definitely noticed. I mean, come on. [ONTD]
There are Asian dolls and Jewish dolls and Black dolls … and 1,894 variations of other dolls that Mattel, Bratz and the American Girl Company have dreamed up. But to the best of my knowledge, there isn’t a doll that more accurately reflects the body size of the majority of American women — that is to say, not a size 2. Even a Barbie who wasn’t plus-size but simply less impossibly slim would be an improvement! This image of a plus-size Barbie is, of course, just a mockup (which was posted on the Facebook page for Plus Size Modeling and is garnering the usual criticisms/praise). But in all honesty, a doll like this should exist. If we can’t get rid of Barbie dolls for little kids, we could at least make her more realistic looking. [Daily Mail UK] [Image via Daily Mail UK]
Adele has reportedly backed away from a $20 million contract with L’Oreal that she has been negotiating since March. According to the UK’s Daily Mail, sources had said the singer needed “a lot of persuasion to get her to agree” but “it looks like she’s close to landing a deal.”
Only … not. The company is apparently extremely surprised Adele backed out. Anyone who has read interviews in which she has warned about being a “sell out” and becoming “tainted” is perhaps not so surprised.
But what would it have meant for Adele, one of the most famous and beloved plus-size women, to have fronted a major beauty brand? Keep reading »
A classic little black swing dress is simply glamorous way to transition into winter. Style with leggings, stockings, statement jewelry, booties, or knee high boots to create multiple looks. The beautiful drape of Elieen Fisher’s silk A-line dress can also be found in ASOS’s CURVE shift dress with embellished cuff. Get it before it’s gone!
Abercrombie will finally be expanding its range of sizes to sell clothing larger than a size 10. In what might just be karma for being colossal jerks, the company’s stock prices have been dropping and customers aren’t flooding into the store like they used to. CEO Mike Jeffries still insists that his brand is marketed toward “cool kids.” It seems that an increase in available sizes might help them dig themselves out of their financial rough patch. They also hope to expand their shoe and accessory lines, and will be closing their Gilly Hicks lingerie stores. Even Hollister will face a major overhaul. Shoppers might just be over Abercrombie’s trademark snootiness, and no change to their stores will solve that problem. Keep reading »
Last month, Melissa McCarthy appeared on the cover of ELLE magazine wearing a long, grey coat over a little black dress. But that jacket wasn’t just a jacket. It was a jacket some in the blogosphere attributed to a “fuck you” on the magazine’s part to women of McCarthy’s girth. Bloggers assumed that the plus-size actress was intentionally obscured under layers of fabric by stylists who were trying to hide her shape, perhaps thinking it would help sell magazines on stands. But McCarthy herself has been public about the fact she chose to wear that jacket. In fact, she picked it out herself! She just thought it was a gorgeous cashmere coat that would be fun to wear (and, in my opinion, it turned out to be a much more autumnal look for November than the usual starlets-in-bandage-dresses covers). Here, Melissa McCarthy is on “Ellen” today talking about how she thought all the fuss around “jacketgate” was completely silly. It’s a good lesson in how sometimes you need to find out how people themselves feel about issues before getting worked up on their behalf. Melissa McCarthy seems to have genuinely loved the coat and it is ridiculous that our idea of fighting back about body hatred means everyone showing an equal amount of skin, as opposed to everyone being accepted for how they choose to dress. Thanks, well-meaning bloggers, but no thanks. [YouTube]
How freakin’ cute is Hilary Duff’s outfit here? I’m obsessed with the casual striped sweater (this photo doesn’t show it very well, but it has red accents on the collar and in the back) dressed up with sassy red pumps and a purse that costs more than a Montana ranch. I found all the pieces you’ll need to recreate her look, all in plus sizes, and all for around $60 or less. Sound good? Get all the shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »