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American Apparel’s Lame Open Letter To Nancy Upton, Plus-Size Model Contest Winner

Last week, we became enamored with Nancy Upton, a Dallas woman in the #1 spot for American Apparel‘s plus-size model contest. The company asked bootylicious girls ages 18+ to send in photos of themselves, which they posted on their website so customers could vote on who deserved a modeling contract. Instead of a traditional modeling pic, the zaftig Nancy Upton submitted “fat girl” pics of herself bathing in ranch dressing, squirting chocolate syrup down the gullet, and posed with an apple in her mouth like a pig on a spit.

In short, it was amazing. No one could have been more thrilled than us when Nancy Upton won.

But it seems like not everyone was so happy about Nancy’s victory — namely, American Apparel corporate headquarters. We get a lot of douchey emails here at The Frisky, but this one takes the cake. After the jump, read American Apparel creative director Iris Alonzo’s nasty email (sent to us last night) about Nancy Upton, the kickass lady who won the company’s plus-size model contest fair and square. That is, until the company decided to award the prize to other contestants… Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Women Gain Weight After Marriage, Men Gain Weight After Divorce

  • Women gain weight after marriage and men gain weight after divorce, according to a new study out of Ohio State University. The data was collected by 10,000 subjects in the two years following a marriage or a divorce. One co-author of the study suggested women may gain weight after marriage because they traditionally have a bigger role in maintaining the household and that affords them less time to exercise. Or, you know, maybe we’re just letting ourself go because we’ve finally trapped a man. [Canada.com]
  • The New York Times takes a look at low-income transgender women who are the victims of “pumpers,” i.e. people without medical training who inject black market silicone into women who are desperately trying to appear more feminine. [New York Times]
  • The Department of Education announced recently it will fine Washington State University $82,500 for failing to report two campus sexual assaults. [Feministing]

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Jennifer Hudson Is Prouder Of Her Weight Loss Than Her Oscar

“I can’t care about whether I’m too big for some or too small for others. It goes back to how you feel about yourself. I like me the way I am. For anyone who wants to lose: Dude, if I can do it, you can do it. And for those who want to stay the same, I hope I can be an example to you, too; I was proud of being a big girl … It’s like my mother said: ‘Well, honey, when there is a will, there is a way.’ You have to want it. I’m prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar! I hope it has inspired people.”

Jennifer Hudson talks to SELF magazine about her dramatic weight loss over the past two years, and about how many fans have criticized her for getting too skinny. While I like her response to that, I can’t believe she said she’s prouder of her weight loss than her Oscar. Lots of people will lose a dramatic amount of weight over the course of their life. Very few will win a little golden guy. [Celebitchy] Keep reading »

Mila Kunis Says You Can Lose Weight — If You Want To

“I don’t think I ever fully realized what a human body is capable of doing. But I think I was also, in a beautiful way, incredibly naive. I believed that I could do anything. I never for one moment thought that I couldn’t do it. I believe in hard work. In self-drive and self-worth. I’m a huge foodie, I love food. But when people say, ‘I can’t lose weight’, no no no, you can. Your body can do everything and anything, you just have to want to do it.”

Mila Kunis, on how she lost weight for “Black Swan.” Kunis also previously said that she was freaked out by the intense weight loss she experienced while training for “Swan.” In November 2010, she said, “It was the most intense training I’ve ever had in my life, and probably will have for anything. I lost 20 pounds, so I went down to 95 pounds. I weigh 117 usually, like today. I looked like Gollum.” She further went on to criticize Hollywood for perpetuating such unrealistic images of beauty. “I could see why this industry is so f*cked up, because … I would literally look at myself in the mirror and I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ I had no shape, no boobs, no ass … all you saw was the bone. I was like, ‘This looks gross.’ Man, it took me five months to lose 20 pounds, but it took me just five days — days! — to gain it all back.” So Kunis no doubt understands that taking off weight, and looking and being healthy are NOT the same thing. Right Mila? Right? [Dlisted] Keep reading »

“Jersey Shore” Star JWoww — Too Skinny?

The cast of “Jersey Shore” was back in action this week on MTV — but one of them looked completely different! JWoww surprised fans of the show with a pretty shocking weight loss and different-looking face during the premiere (above) — and they were vocal about it on Twitter.

One user tweeted “omg jwoww lost alot of weight! she looks weird,” another adding “Yea she looked too small! & her face looked really tight.” Read more… Keep reading »

Not A Pretty Picture: When Celeb Diet Spokespeople Gain The Weight Back

Weight loss programs will use all kinds of tricks and techniques to entice you to buy in — from discounts and free food to real life testimonials. Lately, the weight loss market has been flooded with a glut of famous faces shilling for one company or another, promising that by sticking with the program customers can lose 20, 30 or 40 pounds.

But what happens when the celebrity spokesperson doesn’t lose, but gain? Or loses the weight, only to yo-yo back up to their pre-program weight?
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DMX, Weight Loss Guru

Sometimes you’re like, “Whatever happened to mid-oughts rapper DMX, he of the many dog-fighting arrests, dramatic ‘Behind the Music’ episode, and anthemic ‘Up In Here’” track?” While walking around West Philadelphia this weekend, I think I may have found out. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Assorted Thoughts On Losing 40+ Pounds

Two and a half years ago, an email landed in my inbox with the subject line, “Cover story?” At the time, I was a freelance journalist and those two words made me drool like none other. But as I read the email, my face sunk—Good Housekeeping wanted me to write a feature where I’d interview five woman who’d lost 100 pounds each. Normally, I would have rolled my eyes—I fancied myself a “serious journalist” and stayed away from weight loss stories at all costs. But this was the beginning of the recession and I needed money. I felt pained as I wrote back and begrudgingly accepted the assignment.

I felt defeated for the next few days as I tracked down women to interview. Really, was this the state my career was in? Weren’t there more important stories I could be working on? I thought.

My first interview was with a woman named Janice, a stay-at-home mom who’d lost 75 pounds doing Weight Watchers and had gone on to become a counselor herself. We spent more than an hour on the phone as I asked her a zillion questions about how she’d gained the weight, how she’d changed her eating habits, and how life was different as a thin person. Near the end of our conversation, she asked me a simple question:

“How do you feel about your body?”

It landed like a slap against my jaw. Keep reading »

Jennifer Hudson Loved Her Old Body, Too

“I never thought I was overweight. I thought my old look was pretty normal. That was how all the girls looked growing up in Chicago. I didn’t have any problem with it. It makes me smile to think back to myself when I did ‘Dreamgirls’ with Beyonce. I did see all these women in Hollywood, all very slim and I thought, ‘Wow, these ladies are very into themselves.’ I loved that I stood out in a room. You knew when you saw this woman it was Jennifer Hudson.”

Jennifer Hudson on her body image before her dramatic weight loss. I love that she said this. I think that’s a sign of true self-esteem if you can approve of yourself at every size and shape. She does look fantastic, but I’m wondering if she’s implying that she’s really into herself now that she’s one of those slim Hollywood ladies or if she no longer feels like she stands out in a room. [Hello Beautiful] Keep reading »

Patti Stanger: The Latest Weight Loss Miracle Pusher


With the pounds she’s dropped over the seasons on “The Millionaire Matchmaker” and her pokes at women on the show to lose weight and ditch the “frumpty-dumpty,” it was only a matter of time before Patti Stanger was tapped as a spokeswoman for a weight loss company. After all, it’ll take someone pretty convincing to compete with Jennifer Hudson for Weight Watchers. Behold, here is an ad Patti shot for Sensa, which she calls “Hollywood’s best kept secret.” With this ad, she joins the proud pantheon of famous folks who have pushed diet products, from Kirstie Alley to the Kardashians. What do you think—has Patti sold out? Maybe she should go with the Jimmy K Miracle Diet. Keep reading »

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