Posts tagged "plus size"

Tatyana Ali’s Show “Love That Girl” Fat-Shames A Big Girl … Who Happens To Be My Friend, Erica Watson

"Making fun of the fat girl" is the oldest and most cliché gag in TV history. And when Tatyana Ali's show "Love That Girl" made fun of a fat girl in a recent episode, they were downright cruel. Instead of using a stock image or say, not mocking a plus-sized woman's body at all, the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 19, 2011

Is The Feud Between Nancy Upton And American Apparel Really Over?

Remember when American Apparel held a contest to publicize its new plus-size range of fashions, and provocative and outspoken American Apparel critic Nancy Upton won? Upton was offended by the language used to promote the contest, and in return, created a portfolio of photos mocking stereotypical notions about plus-sized women. Upton won the contest i…

By: Julie Gerstein / October 11, 2011

Soapbox: Plus-Size Model Crystal Renn Is Thinner Now — So What?

No matter that in the real world women come in a bevy of shapes and sizes, in the model world, you're either "regular" or "plus-size." And for the past several years, model Crystal Renn has been at the top of the plus-size game. But Renn has been catching flack lately for a rather surprising reason:…

By: Julie Gerstein / September 29, 2011

Embarrassed American Apparel Agrees To Meet With Nancy Upton, Plus-Size Model Contest Winner

Earlier this week, we enjoyed a delightful "open letter" from Iris Alonzo, creative director of American Apparel, to Nancy Upton, the Dallas woman who won the company's plus-size model contest by spoofing the nature of the contest. Iris Alonzo was not amused that the lovely Nancy Upton bested the competition with her hilarious pics i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 16, 2011

American Apparel’s Lame Open Letter To Nancy Upton, Plus-Size Model Contest Winner

Last week, we became enamored with Nancy Upton, a Dallas woman in the #1 spot for American Apparel's plus-size model contest. The company asked bootylicious girls ages 18+ to send in photos of themselves, which they posted on their website so customers could vote on who deserved a modeling contract. Instead of a traditional modeling…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 14, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Nancy Upton Wins American Apparel’s Plus-Size Model Contest

Nancy Upton, the winner of American Apparel's plus-size model contest, penned an article about why she spoofed the fat-women-as-pigs stereotype in her submission photos. "[With the contest, t]he company was co-opting the mantra of plus-size empowerment and glazing it with its unmistakable brand of female objectification," Upton wrote. "The puns, the insulting, giggly tones, and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 9, 2011

Meet Our New BFF, Nancy Upton, The Girl To Beat In American Apparel’s Plus-Size Model Contest

We've been only marginally interested in American Apparel's plus-size model contest, which is open until Sept. 8 for bootylicious gals ages 18+. American Apparel is literally in the news every other week for some douchebaggy behavior, so I'm not keen to fawn all over them. However, if this contest vaults our new best friend Nancy…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 7, 2011

“Big Sexy,” TLC’s New Reality Show About Plus-Size Women In NYC

Rarely is there a reality show whose "stars" don't make me stabby. (Or who look like they're going to stab me, in the case of "Mob Wives.") But the chicks on TLC's "Big Sexy" actually seem like people who would be my friends in real life: funky, funny, and down-to-earth. The show, which debuts Tuesday…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 29, 2011

Blog We’re Loving: Fatshionable

Blogger Jay Miranda is a 26-year-old fashion lover from San Francisco. She started her incredible blog Fatshionable to show that good style translates, no matter what size you are. Her message? Wear what you love and don't worry about the size. Miranda creates outfits that are adorable and on-trend, without costing a million bucks. We're…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 19, 2011

New Favorite TV Show: “Say Yes To The Dress Big Bliss”

This weekend, I had a bookcase to assemble. So I turned on the television hoping to find something fun and mindless to watch while I tried to decipher Ikea assembly instructions. I am normally very anti-wedding shows—I don't like how they play into the fairytale of weddings and put all the focus on spending a…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / June 6, 2011

Vogue Italia’s Three Plus-Size Cover Models

Vogue Italia's latest cover? So. Gorgeous. I hate to beat a dead horse, but why the hell are these models called "plus size"? Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley just look like voluptuous bombshells to me. [Vogue.It] [Daily Mail UK]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 3, 2011

Why Is The Lone Plus-Size Woman In “Bridesmaids” Wearing A Different Dress?

Women across the country will be flocking to "Bridesmaids" this weekend, which is good news for everyone: Jessica has confirmed that the movie is laugh-out-loud funny and high ticket sales during opening weekend will show Hollywood studios that women want to see intelligent movies about funny women and that there is a demand for more…

By: Liz Funk / May 13, 2011

Model Marquita Pring Prefers Curvy To Plus-Size, Thank You Very Much

"I think the term 'plus size' has a negative connotation. Personally, I wouldn’t even refer to a woman who’s a size 26 as 'plus size.' I find it interesting that if ever I do refer to myself as 'plus size' when describing what I do for a living people always have the same reaction. 'WHAT!?!

By: Julie Gerstein / April 15, 2011

Will Bigger Be Better? Plus-Size Women Cast For “Sex And The City”-Type Reality Show

Gone are the days when the severe weight-loss show "The Biggest Loser" or the dating competition atrocity "More To Love" are the only shows on television with plus-size peeps. This past year has brought us "Huge," a Nikki Blonsky-starring scripted show about teens at fat camp (which has since been canceled), and "Mike & Molly,"…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 3, 2010

A Sizable Trend: Colleges Starting To Offer Fat Studies Classes

Finally, the 15 pounds you pack on as a freshman in college is good for something! According to The Daily Beast, colleges across the country have started offering Fat Studies classes. Hip, hip, hippy hooray! Akin to Women’s Studies classes, Fat Studies classes seem to be preaching to the choir, i.e., people who have struggled…

By: Simcha / November 5, 2010

Crystal Renn Explains Weight Loss

"In the past, I avoided exercise because it brought back terrible feelings. I wasn’t ready. And I was scared that maybe I was going to be addicted again. That’s a fear that goes through your mind, whenever you’re getting over an addiction or a disease like anorexia, yeah, I absolutely was worried. But then I…

By: Wendy Atterberry / October 26, 2010

Beth Ditto Is Tired Of Being Diagnosed As “Unhealthy”

"I’m not an unhealthy person and I feel like one of the most tiring parts of being fat and being proud of it is … you do a lot of proving yourself all the time. It’s really interesting to me that people will look at a thin person and go, ‘That’s a healthy person.’ I…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 24, 2010

Plus-Size Runway Show Coming To New York Fashion Week

Big news for the world of high fashion: OneStopPlus.com, an online retailer of plus-size fashions, is going to present the first ever plus-size runway show during New York's Fall Fashion Week. Though the show is not directly aligned with IMG Fashion Week, it will take place in one of the buildings at Lincoln Center, where…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 19, 2010

The Devil Dog-Lover Wears Prada: Saks Fifth Avenue To Sell Plus-Size Clothes

High fashion is usually a skinny woman's game (which is not so surprising when you consider the 15-year-old girls stomping designer looks down the runways). But Saks Fifth Avenue is taking a bold step to be inclusive to all women by beginning to sell plus sizes. The flagship department store in New York City will…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 28, 2010