Chances are you’ve never heard of Fluvia Lacerda, but all that’s about to change. Fluvia was just named the Best Plus Commercial Print Model of the Year by Full Figure Fashion Week. She’ll officially receive the award this weekend at Full Figured Fashion Week, for her work with brands like Torrid, Monif C., Igigi and Fashion Bug and has been featured in the pages of Glamour, Bust and Playboy Brazil.
“The fact that I won this award is a major deal and I’m very passionate about my work, mostly because I feel that I represent the body image of many women,” said Lacerda. “I’m not only a healthy woman, but one who wears a size 18 and am confident about it.”
And she even blogs!
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“You know, most people actually look better nude. We are all one harmonious colour, with a symmetry and an innate elegance. Fat women almost always look better without the constraint and lumpy pinching of clothes, all the straps and elastic squeezing and sucking.”
– Fashion designer Tom Ford confesses he spends lots of time at home naked as a jaybird. We’re not so sure how to take his plus-sized comments. Care to parse? [Contact Music] Keep reading »
I have a high threshold for sexist, sizeist, classist, and racist things that people write on the internet because I’ve seen so much of it over the years. But the MarieClaire.com article by Maura Kelly titled “Should ‘Fatties’ Get A Room?” — which we told you about yesterday — was above-and-beyond disgusting. Kelly wrote that she wouldn’t want to watch the new TV show “Mike & Molly,” starring two plus-sized actors in an intimate relationship, because she would “be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything.” In case you need her point driven home further, Kelly added, “I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across the room.”
The blatant sizeism in those statements should make Maura Kelly ashamed of herself. And given how quickly she posted an “apology” yesterday and how her boss, Marie Claire editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, responded (more on that in a second), she appears to be mortified.
Here’s the thing — I actually feel bad for this woman. Keep reading »
These days, posting about model Crystal Renn poses something of a conundrum. If we say, “She looks like she lost weight,” it seems as if we’re as preoccupied with her body size as all those who couldn’t stop crowing about her plus-sized-ness when she was a seemingly fuller-figured girl. In any case, we think any woman with enough confidence to bust a move in a nude VPL bodysuit in front of a video camera is worthy of a round of applause. We’re going to make ours now. [Dossier] Keep reading »
Crystal Renn looks very svelte in these recently released Fashion for Passion promotional photos. [Ford Models] Keep reading »
You know that line in Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” where he goes, “I like big butts and I cannot lie”? Well, I have a big butt and I cannot lie. I’ve always had a big butt. Ever since I can remember. To be clear, it’s not like I have trouble getting through doorways, but there is some serious junk in my trunk. It has been referred to as a “bubble butt.” There was a time in my life when I lived in California when I was described as having an “LA face and an Oakland booty” (er, if you don’t understand, it’s a California thing). And I’ve certainly had my share of butt-related catcalls, random shoutings out of car windows, and general ongoing butt commentary. It’s kind of like my butt is a spectacle. Keep reading »
Lately I’ve been feeling really unhappy about my body. Mind you, I’ve been majorly slacking on working out and the most exercise I’ve been getting is a lot of walking on the weekends, riding my bike around my ‘hood sometimes, and the occasional Bikram yoga session. Couple that sad amount of effort with my up-and-down diet (sometimes I’m really healthy, sometimes I am a one-woman carb-hoarder) and my body is lookin’ a little mushy. Now, I still think I need to get my ass in workout mode — for my health, if nothing else — but the June issue of French Marie Claire is reminding me how sexy curves are. I mean, who cares if my inner thighs always touch and I have a little muffin top — these women do and look how lush and gorgeous they are! Sure, they’ve still been airbrushed like all the models in major magazines, but regardless, their curves — and hell, maybe mine too — scream femininity and sex appeal. Check out a few more photos after the jump. Meanwhile, I’m going to eat some cheese. Keep reading »
Blogs like Sea of Shoes and Fashion Toast are fun, but their wispy purveyors weigh a combined 25 pounds and it gets a little hard to imagine some of that style on a normal-sized person. We’re totally into the inspirational aspect of the sites, but pleasantly surprised to see a new wave of stylish bloggers more interested in being themselves than channeling models. We’ve seen enough blog posts about Crystal Renn to know that change is brewing, but it’s cool to finally see some bigger girls getting mainstream blog traction, too. We’ve got a huge collective girl crush on Gabi (left) of Young Fat and Fabulous and Fatshionable’s J. is kind of gorgeous with awesome skills in the flashy clothing department. Check out a full list of curvy lovelies with awesome clothes here. [Refinery 29] Keep reading »
It’s no secret that online shopping is becoming the new standard. From Net-A-Porter to Gilt Groupe, you never have to leave your couch in order to buy new clothes. (Going out to wear said new purchases, well, that’s a necessity.) Now, one of our fave online stores, Asos, has launched a plus-size collection called Curve, which features knitwear, tailoring, jersey and outerwear. The collection ranges in size from 20-26, and includes staples such as leggings, jean jackets, and relaxed T-shirts for layering, but also delves into the trend department. Gone are the dowdy plus-sized designs — here are floral options with nipped waists, adorable pea coats, and the boyfriend jeans of the moment. Online shop away! [Marie Claire UK] Keep reading »