Posts tagged "sizeism"

Melissa McCarthy Is Starting Her Own Clothing Line Because She Couldn’t Find Enough Trendy Clothes In Her Size

“When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed. Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.”
Melissa McCarthy is starting her own plus-size clothing line, and she told Redbook

By: Claire Hannum / June 5, 2014

Here’s How You Can Help Make “Fattitude,” A Documentary About Sizeism, A Reality

Fat people can’t win in popular culture. Either they are the subject of reality TV shows about often-extreme weight loss (“The Biggest Loser,” “Heavy, “I Used To Be Fat”), they’re headless bodies in news segments about obesity (or chunky cheerleaders), or they’re the butt of some hack’s lame joke. Fortunately, one new documentary currently raising…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2014

What Would It Mean To Have Adele (Or Any Other Plus-Size Woman) As The Face Of L’Oreal?

Adele has reportedly backed away from a $20 million contract with L’Oreal that she has been negotiating since March. According to the UK’s Daily Mail, sources had said the singer needed “a lot of persuasion to get her to agree” but “it looks like she’s close to landing a deal.”

Only … not.

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 11, 2013

BBW Kristy Love Massages Customers With Her 48NN Breasts For A Living

We’ve all got to pay rent somehow. Kristy Love from Atlanta, Georgia, uses her 48NN boobs — but not the way you think. Love is a “busty masseuse” who smothers and massages clients with her large breasts.

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 10, 2013

Check Out “There She Is,” A Documentary About Plus-Size Beauty Queens

What better way to celebrate the beginning of Full Figured Fashion Week (and cleanse your palette after Sunday night’s Miss USA pageant ridiculousness) than with a documentary about plus-size beauty queens? “There She Is” stars two friends, Allison and Jenny, who love everything about beauty pageants: the makeup, the hair, the costumes, the glitter.

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 18, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Pregnancy Is Not A Beauty Contest

When I was pregnant, my clothing had one main requirement: comfort. I was mostly concerned with what would help support my growing belly on my slight frame, especially toward the end of my pregnancy when I developed symphysis pubic dysfunction (a fancy way of saying that my pelvic joint was unstable and caused me near…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 24, 2013

Fat Blogger Poses Like She’s In An Abercrombie & Fitch Ad

Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries said he only wants his clothes worn by “the cool and popular kids,” not the “not-so-cool kids,” which is why sizes only go up to women’s size 10. Men’s sizes, by the way, go up to XL and XXL because it’s only women who can be too fat for…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2013

Girl Talk: I Don’t Know What I Weigh — The Case for Stepping Off the Scale

The June issue of Allure has the usual headlines about what beauty products to buy and how to get good hair and better skin. Also thrown into the sexy, sun-kissed mix is this tidbit of information about their cover girl: “Zoe Saldana: 115 Pounds Of Grit And Heartache.” Hey, she’s slight but this gal’s got…

By: Claire Mysko / May 17, 2013

Allure Publishes Zoe Saldana’s Weight On The Cover, For Some Reason

Allure has always been the fluffiest of beauty magazines, as if tailor-made for reading during a pedicure. The June 2013 cover with Zoe Saldana made an extremely odd editorial choice: it listed the actress’ weight on the cover. “Zoe Saldana, 115 Pounds of Grit And Heartache,” the cover line reads. What the fuck, Allure? I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2013

Fat Fetish Model Consumes 5,000 Calories A Day To Achieve Her Dream

Everyone has a dream. Snoop Lion wanted to be a pimp when he grew up. And 23-year-old Tammy Jung wants to hit 420 lbs. so she can be a high-roller fat fetish model.

Jung has been eating 5,000 calories a day in the hopes she’ll pack on the roughly 40 extra pounds she…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 10, 2013

The Soapbox: Too Chunky To Cheer?

On April 22, Anna-Megan Raley, under the pseudonym of Claire Crawford, wrote a blog post for CBS Houston titled, “Is This Girl ‘Too Chunky’ To Be An OKC Thunder Cheerleader?” In the post, she spotlighted Kelsey Williams, a three-year veteran of the Thunder Girls, the dance team that performs during the home games of the…

By: Jessica Luther / May 2, 2013

CBS Fires Blogger For Asking If Cheerleader Kelsey Williams Is “Too Chunky” To Cheer

CBS Radio 610 fired blogger Anna-Megan Raley (who writes under the pen name Claire Crawford), who questioned whether the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder cheerleader Kelsey Williams is “too chunky” to cheer. [Scallywag & Vagabond, Houston Chronicle]
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon renewed their wedding vows at Disneyland. Would you expect anything less? [US

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 1, 2013

Girl Talk: Confessions Of A Thin-Privileged Fat Activist

Once upon a time — before URLs, handles, likes and shares — I put some good old-fashioned postage stamps inside an envelope and sent away for a zine (made of actual paper!) that was filled with some very big ideas. I was 16 and the zine was called i’m so fucking beautiful, a title that…

By: Claire Mysko / April 5, 2013

7 Ways To Be A Good Ally To Your Fat Lover

I’ve been asked by people on different ends of the fat lover spectrum about advice being a good ally. From the “My lover doesn’t see how beautiful she is and won’t have sex with the lights on” to the “My lover uses the term ‘fat’ to describe themselves but I’ve always thought of that a…

By: Bevin Branlandingham / February 20, 2013

The Soapbox: Melissa McCarthy, Rex Reed & Hippo-Gate

I shook my head recently when I read about New York Observer film critic Rex Reed’s personal insult toward actress Melissa McCarthy. In a review of her latest offering, “Identity Thief,” he called her “tractor-sized” and as big as a “hippo.” Isn’t it interesting, I thought, that a man, who himself is part of a…

By: Elle Chase / February 11, 2013

Today’s Lady News: Beauty Queen Fired For Eating Too Many Tacos Is Reinstated

San Antonio beauty queen Domonique Ramirez — who was supposedly fired because she got “fat”from eating too many tacos — has been reinstated after a court battle. Oh, Texas. [

Wait. What? You mean all women are not pacifists and naturally kinder and gentler than men? [The Nation]
The word “curvy”…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 25, 2011

Tacos The Downfall Of “Fat” Miss San Antonio Beauty Queen

Beauty pageants are brutal, yo: Pageant officials have stripped Domonique Ramirez, 17, of her Miss San Antonio beauty queen title and handed off the tiara to another girl because, among other violations, Ramirez reportedly got too fat from eating tacos.

The Miss Bexar County Organization stripped Ramirez of her crown recently for contract…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 25, 2011

Dear Wendy: “My Friend Set Me Up With A Sizeist Jerk”

Through a friend, I got the email and phone number of a guy who does home repairs. My cousin needed work done on her house, but never had much time to make arrangements, so I made the appointments for her. The work was done wonderfully and at a great price, so I sent an email…

By: Wendy Atterberry / November 1, 2010

I Feel Sorry For The Marie Claire “Fatties” Author

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 27, 2010

Frisky Rant: WTF, Marie Claire?

This morning Sally McGraw of the blog Already Pretty alerted her Twitter followers to an article about plus-size television stars that was posted on MarieClaire.com yesterday. Her initial response, “Seriously, Marie Claire? SERIOUSLY?” was my exact reaction as soon as I clicked the link and read a few sentences …

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 26, 2010
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