After years of envying Kate Moss‘s seemingly infinite closet and Gisele‘s parade of bang-able boyfriends, a girl would be right to think the hardest part of a model’s life is choosing whose yacht in Ibiza to sunbathe topless on today.
But a few years ago, “America’s Next Top Model” began to peel back the layers of the modeling industry (well, with a weird, Tyra Banks-ian spin), and then a blogger called Tatiana The Anonymous Model chimed in on Jezebel about her take on a model’s life. But the piece de resistance on the Ugly Side Of Modeling canon is Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves by plus-size model Crystal Renn. Keep reading »
Model Crystal Renn appeared on “Good Morning America” this morning to promote her book, Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves. Crystal was discovered by a model scout as a teen in Clinton, MS, and was told she could be a supermodel. But there was a catch: She would need to lose 70 pounds off her 5’9″ frame first. She did and got a $250,000 contract.
But after starving herself for years, Crystal decided she didn’t want to abuse her body anymore and decided to let it be the way it wanted to be, which was a size 12. While this isn’t the usual size fashion models come in, Crystal says she has been more successful since being true to herself, appearing on the cover of four international editions of Vogue, in various ad campaigns, and on the runway for Vena Cava, Heatherette, and Jean-Paul Gaultier. We’re not models, but her message is one we should all heed: Be yourself and you’ll get farther in life. Aww … [GMA] Keep reading »
We told you all about how much positive response Glamour magazine has received from readers for the image of a nude plus-size model featured in the September issue. Lizzie Miller has since appeared on “Today” and copies of the magazine are selling out. Catherine wondered whether the overwhelmingly positive response would result in magazines, and the fashion industry, finally recognizing that beauty comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and that they would start featuring more models like Miller on a regular basis. The Sartorialist’s Scott Schuman wrote on his blog, “When I am shooting on the street older women and larger size women often say ‘no’ to my request to shoot them…. I think they have a real suspicion about how the image will be used. I also think there continues to be a growing disconnect between the fashion community and ‘average’ women in general.”
If a recent blog post from “style expert and bon vivant” Adrien Field is any indication, we still have a long way to go. Keep reading »
When it comes to new ways of marketing products, businesses are really trying to cash in on social networking. The latest to stake a claim in the internet forums is retailer Lane Bryant, the plus-size mall chain. The new website, called Inside Curve, will allow users to give feedback and interact with the brand, as well as talk with other users. Says a company rep, “Our woman loves fashion, loves color, and insists on being on trend and knowing what’s coming next. Inside Curve is her opportunity to join thousands of women who feel the same way.”
Because digital marketing is still relatively new, taking an initiative like Lane Bryant’s brings up a lot of questions. Can social networking actually help your brand and business? Does it defeat the purpose of an online community if it’s created solely by sponsored content? And more specifically, for women: Is Lane Bryant attempting to mold out a better space for plus-sized women, as skinny fashion networks outnumber full-figured forums?
So what do you think? Cheap trick? Or a pioneer in bringing new options for women? [BusinessWire.com] Keep reading »
The empire that is Jessica Simpson keeps expanding. (Sigh.) From her humble music roots, she’s moved on to hair extensions, shoes, bikinis and now plus-sized bras. Simpson latest launch is designed exclusively for girls with fuller busts (good news for those of you who complained about this dilemma!). The bras will be part of a larger line (heh) of lingerie that Simpson plans to debut in stores this fall and will include matching underwear, regular-sized bras and sleepwear. The entire range will be available in various prints and fabrics from seersucker to Moroccan-inspired patterns. Interested or over it already? [The Thread] Keep reading »
I assumed the worst about “More To Love,” the new reality dating show where Luke, a handsome 300-lb. bachelor, is looking for love from plus-sized beauties. How could a pop culture-weary feminist not expect the worst, really? First, it’s of a “reality” dating show, which pretty much guarantees it’s b.s. on Fox, a Keep reading »
Most fashion shows are known for emaciated, twig-like models strutting down runways, but there’s a different kind of fashion week going on right now. Full-Figured Fashion Week took five years to organize, but, at last, arrived in New York yesterday. Until Saturday night, designers will show buyers and the press their clothes for plus-size women, as well as take part in panels such as “The State of the Curvy Community.”
“The main objective is to show the consumers and buyers that there are other designers out there,” organizer Gwen DeVoe told The Daily Beast. She also said plus-size women care about looking good, rather than having tunics and jersey dresses as their only options. Keep reading »
I’m on the borderline of sizes between plus and misses — a 14/16 that can easily fill an 18 after a Snickers bar. So, every time one of my friends takes the plunge, I have to try to squeeze into dresses that look great on all the other, thinner girls. I get to sport that skin sausage look, which, although unflattering, helps me get lucky with the single groomsmen — they look at me and can tell I’d do anything to get out of the tight dress.
For once, I’d like to wear a dress that fits me and doesn’t cause post-traumatic dress disorder. It’s not any of the brides’ faults, they are true friends. Most boutiques and designers only go up to a size 8, 10, or 12 at best. What am I supposed to do, sew two dresses together?! Or, the shops are strictly for big beautiful women and they only go from 14 up. What are those skinny girls supposed to do, cut the dress in half? Keep reading »
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 »