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]
I spent my teens and early 20s wishing for a bigger, rounder, fuller body. In fact, I did more than wish. I padded my bra with two rolled-up washcloths, I wore two pairs of long underwear beneath my jeans, and I stuffed myself with a pint of ice cream every night. Every night.
Alas, none of it worked. I remained a small-boobed, flat-assed, tiny-limbed, size zero waif. Keep reading »
A blazer is one of the few pieces of clothing that can transition effortlessly from workday to date night to casual weekend. It’s also a super flattering choice for curvy women: the nipped-in waist highlights an hourglass silhouette. Here are 7 stylish plus size blazers that will look amazing with pencil skirts, jeans, or a tunic and leggings…
The season of holiday parties is upon us. What better time to ditch the predictable LBD and highlight your curves with a fabulous sequin dress? We found seven sparkling show-stoppers available in plus sizes. Just add black tights, red lipstick, and high heels to complete the look!
In 2008, Whitney Thompson made waves when she became the first-ever plus-size winner of “America’s Next Top Model.” These days, she’s parlayed her win into a successful modeling career — and a turn as an entrepreneur. This past month, Thompson launched TheBoldandTheBeautiful.com, a dating site geared specifically toward plus-size women and the men who love them. Keep reading »
This year, as in every year, there was an absence of plus-sized women at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, which gave the organizers of Full-Figured Fashion two options: either lie down and take it, or fight back. They decided to fight back, and organized their own incredible Full-Figured Fashion Week, featuring a slew of fashion shows, runway competitions and sales tailored to the plus-size consumer. Vice’s report on the event, hosted quizically by waif-thin Charlet Duboc, chronicles the week’s events — and the rather unkind feelings non-plus-size women have toward toward their full-figured counterparts.
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“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 show used an image of a real, plus-size woman.
And she just happened to be my friend, the actress, comedian and gorgeous plus-size woman Erica Watson. Keep reading »
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 in a landslide, but in a catty and rather unprofessional move, American Apparel wrote Upton an open letter that rescinded her win.
After a slew of bad press (I mean, what were they thinking?), American Apparel relented, and flew Nancy out to their Los Angeles headquarters for a meeting to discuss how Nancy thought American Apparel could be better marketing to plus-sized women. And … everybody’s happy now?
Well, kind of.
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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: some say she’s not plus-size enough. In yesterday’s Daily Mail, the model was criticized for appearing at a Metropolitan Opera opening in a slinky gold number, “now virtually unrecognisable from her days of ‘big’ modeling.” Nevermind that Renn is still not considered thin enough to model in the ultra-warped world of “regular” modeling, it seems Renn and her new, slimmer figure just can’t seem to win. Where critics of plus-size models say they provide unhealthy role models, others claim Renn’s sold out from her original plus-size form.
Earlier this year, Renn addressed her weight loss in an interview with Ford models. “A lot of people wanted to point their finger at somebody. They wanted to find a conspiracy when there actually was none,” she said. “I feel pressure probably more than any place from the public and the media. I think by placing a title on my head—which is plus-size—and then the picture that these people have created in their mind about what plus-size actually is, I basically fail you just with that, because I couldn’t possibly live up to that.”
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