“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!?! OH MY GOODNESS I WOULD NEVER CONSIDER YOU PLUS SIZE!!!’ And I always agree with them. I’m proud to set an example for women of all sizes as a bigger curvier model, and I’m so thankful to get letters from women of all sizes thanking me for promoting a more realistic healthy image. As for the word ‘curvy,’ I see nothing wrong with it. I don’t need to stress it as my title but I am a curvy, voluptuous, sexy woman and I think the word “curvy” relays a much more positive image. You can be a size 4 or 14 and be considered ‘curvy.’”
– Model Marquita Pring on how the modeling industry mislabels regular-sized women as “plus-sized.” [Fashionista] Keep reading »
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,” a sitcom about a plus-size couple in love (which prompted MarieClaire.com blogger Maura Kelly to pen an embarrassing post about how “fatties” repulse her). Now plus-size peeps may be making what I hope will be a more multi-faceted appearance on reality TV. Doron Ofir Casting is casting a new VH1 show that aims to be the real-life “Sex and the City” with “full-figured, fabulous big girls” in L.A.
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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 with their weight, whether they have had eating disorders or are my peeps, the fatties. But the academic study of sociological weight issues is the next phase for the fat acceptance movement, which has steadily risen in membership since the ‘90s, thanks to activist groups like NAAFA (National Association To Advance Fat Acceptance). I’ve been a proud member/bikini model for four years running! Keep reading »
“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 guess you could say my life changed in a really drastic way. For one, there was a split-up that I went through that was very difficult, and I thought, ‘You know what? I need to be in a good place. I need to find me again.’ So I went with my grandmother to Patagonia.[...] And I went backpacking for three weeks and I came back and I had lost some weight. And basically I’ve been traveling ever since. This is just how my body is now. It’s great. I have to be honest, when I was a size 12, I was just like, ‘This is how it is. Just accept it, like, love it. And I did.’ And then to have it change all over again, it’s kind of been an adjustment for me. It’s been strange, actually, because it’s not something I’ve been trying to do.”
— Crystal Renn talks to New York magazine about embracing exercise again after an eight-year hiatus, and how her new lifestyle has changed her body. [via NYMag.com] Keep reading »
“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 want to go, ‘Come open my refrigerator and look and then let’s talk about what you think is so bad.’ To be thin and to stay really thin, sometimes … some people literally do coke all the time. Some people smoke cigarettes instead of eating. That’s crazy. But that’s ‘okay’ because you look healthier.”
– The Gossip’s Beth Ditto is tired of defending her plus-size physique to people who assume skinny means healthy. [Contact Music] Keep reading »
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 NYFW is being held. Participating designers include Avenue, Jessica London, Women Within, Ellos and La Redoute, while Lizzie Miller (who made headlines as a nude model in Glamour) and Toccara Jones (from “America’s Next Top Model”) will be among the models strutting their stuff. Keep reading »
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 soon offer high-end clothes by Chanel, Fendi, Yves St. Laurent and other designers up to at least size 14; depending on the designer, some clothes will be available up to size 20. Huh. I didn’t even know companies like Chanel made bigger sizes. Did Saks make this decision out of the goodness of its heart? Or was it a financial decision? I would imagine in a bad economy, when $7,000 skirts aren’t flying off hangers, Saks decided to broaden their clientele. But, hey, I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth, especially if the company brings this new size-conscious model to stores around the country at a future date. [Racked] Keep reading »
I guess it serves me right for trying to buy denim at Forever 21. But what can I say? I needed new jeans and was trying to be thrifty. Last week Annika, Intern Carli, Intern Lauren, and I hit up the ginormous new Forever 21 in Times Square after work and explored its many cavernous floors. We were looking at duds in one section of one floor when we noticed all the clothes were large-ish; then somebody realized we were in the plus-size section. We headed to the floor below and I told Annika I wanted to check out the jeans. I had to grab a sales associate, though, because the sizes only went up to 10 and I needed something bigger. “Over size 10 will be upstairs in the left-hand corner,” the saleslady told me. “You mean in the plus-size section?” I asked. She nodded. Keep reading »
Missing Nikki Blonsky from your life after the 2007 remake of “Hairspray”? Have no fear, she’s back again: not in a John Waters musical this time, but on “Huge,” a new TV series about plus-size teens at a weight loss camp.
“Huge” stars Blonsky, 21, as a girl sent to the camp by parents who want her to drop some pounds, which is not in her plans at all. Blonsky stars alongside Hayley Hasselhoff — yes, The Hoff’s daughter — who is totally gung-ho about losing weight because she’s convinced her life will be awesome if she’s skinny and hot. Most of the cast memebrs are plus-size actors and actresses. “I don’t think there’s ever been a full cast of plus size people before,” says Blonsky.
You better believe I’ll be parked in front of the boob tube when “Huge” debuts on Monday, June 28th on ABC Family at 9 p.m. EST. After the jump, Nikki Blonsky talks about being a plus-size actress, her dream to sing on “Glee,” and her pal, Zac Efron. Keep reading »