- Vancouver fashion week had exactly one collection that featured a plus-size piece, from Nikki Babie. That still puts Vancouver far ahead of London, Paris, New York. This is mainly because it wasnâ€™t done as a stunt, ala Mark Fast or Jean Paul Gaultier.
- The UK show the Voice holds auditions where the judges literally have only the voice to go on â€“ thus ruling out visual beauty perceptions in their assessment of talent.
- Australian model Tiah Delaney talks about her own experience with the diseased thinking prevalent in the fashion world, fortunately in the context of reversing that malady.
- For those of you who like reading sexy stuff, thereâ€™s an interview with body-positive erotica writer Hanne Blank about the history of heterosexuality.
- In Entertainment Weekly, columnist Libby Gelman-Waxner summarizes American body obsession: â€œWatching stars expand and contract is the great American pastime.â€ She comments that Jessica Simpson seems smarter at a larger size. IQ/ability to think clearly is connected to adequate nutrition. Itâ€™s why cults and Hollywood like to starve people.
- While the piece is mainly about Gemma Collins in a bikini, the Daily Mail throws in that sheâ€™s looking for plus size girls with strong personalities to front her clothing line. Normally Iâ€™d be amused at the Daily Mail being itself, but given whatâ€™s going on on my side of the pond, all this male gaze stuff is making me tweak. ANGRY tweak. Oh, and they have one of those stupid auto-play videos that does nothing but anger those who click, which does not help.
- Miss Piggy has admitted to botox.
- Healthy is the New Skinny Campaign is now appearing in high schools.
- Normally Iâ€™d put this under international, but itâ€™s too important. Israel has banned the use of underweight models on its runways.
- Normally I donâ€™t cover plus-size clothing line premieres in a news roundup. But I kind of have to when plus-size retailer Evanâ€™s line appears in the Telegraph UK. I am annoyed they used straight-size models in the article though.
- Australian News.com talks about the extreme disparities in clothing sizes. As always, I recommend shopping with a measuring tape.
- Hereâ€™s a list of â€œsexy plus-size women!â€ that Rediff admires. One of those well-intended problematic things that will happen forever. Mostly Iâ€™m chewing on the idea of Mariah Carey as plus-size; sure, sheâ€™s gone up and down the scale, but Iâ€™ve NEVER seen her fat. The article does also name the very muscular Serena Williams â€“ she might weigh more because of those muscles, but I guess Iâ€™d need to see more of her stats than that because I donâ€™t think she takes up more actual space than any other female athlete in her sport.
- A company in Vermont is now producing bikes for plus size riders. This, I will look into, for the sake of my own butt.
- Local politicians in the UK are accepting plus-size clothing retail as one way to boost the economy in their districts. Manchester is specifically looking at the house of brands that includes Simply Be.
- In the US, itâ€™s prom season and in Frankfort, Kentucky, the charity Cinderellaâ€™s Closet is helping girls who might not otherwise be able to afford it trick themselves out for prom. If you have a dress and the wherewithal to send it, it can be one small good deed youâ€™ve done this year. While I canâ€™t say I particularly enjoyed my senior prom, Iâ€™m glad I went â€“ if nothing else, I had no lingering doubts about it as an adult and it made me want to hug the college experience, even when college got weird.
- Are you in Myrtle Beach? Someone is looking for a person to sew a plus-size swimsuit.
- Designer Jessica Biffi is presenting lines for Addition Elle.
- Actress Maureen Okpoko presents a view of herself I hope more women can assume: â€œPeople respect me because of my size.â€
Business of Plus
- Bravada, the parent company of Only Leggings, is reporting record revenues as of March 2012.
- Bare Necessities will now be carrying British plus size lingerie brand Curvy Kate. Theyâ€™re also looking for plus size women to model in the US and Oz.
- Forever Your Lingerie and LUCY clothing are also seeking curvy models.
- Charming Shoppes has promoted a new senior vice president.
- Nissen Holdings Co. is opening up a plus-size clothing shop in China. The Chinese are also getting larger, but while choices worldwide are limited, thereâ€™s virtually nothing filling the market gap in the most populated country on the planet. Of course, as more and more women around the world are revisiting and reclaiming sewing as a skill, that may also impact the market.
- Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Centre believe they may have found the gene that
triggers compulsive overeating.
- The American Heart Association claims: “A sedentary lifestyle that includes watching TV for four hours a day can increase the effects of the genetic tendency to obesity by 50 percent.â€ I think there are a lot of other activities that need to be explored there â€“ like sitting at desks for hours, or the people that exercise, clean and multitask while they watch TV. Itâ€™s not nearly as simple as going home and sitting. This study also still uses the fallacious BMI measurement.
might boost kidsâ€™ academic ability. Iâ€™d say most likely. I know I write better when I work out regularly.
- In case you werenâ€™t afraid of your sink: more than 200 common household products were found to
contain endocrine disruptors. By themselves, fine, whatever, but since most people use these chemicals over and over for yearsâ€¦itâ€™s a problem.
- At Tel Aviv university, researchers are finding that having some fat on you after age 85 might
improve your changes of longevity.
- Women are more likely to
survive heart failurethan men are.
- For diabetics that exercise to control their symptoms, you can
skip a day here or there(but stick with a regular program of some kind) and still benefit.
- Physically active seniors
live longerthan ones that are not as active.
- The Society for Neuroscience explores the possible link between
obesity and addiction, noting that certain common foods and permanently alter brain chemistry. Iâ€™ve said it many ways, and Iâ€™ll say it again: being fat is not and will likely never be reduced to the â€œfix one thing,â€ that so much research and social attitude goes towards. Some of us are addicts. Some of us have really weird thyroids. Some of us just burn calories at a much slower rate than others, even in â€œsmallerâ€ bodies. Itâ€™s just never going to be an â€œin and outâ€ solution. The why â€“ and the whether itâ€™s actually a problem or just a condition â€“ will differ from person to person. You CANâ€™T IGNORE THE INDIVIDUAL FOR THE STEREOTYPE, especially not in the case of a personâ€™s body.
- French publication Trenditude explores the differences in perception when it comes to â€œstraightâ€ size models and â€œplusâ€ size models.
- Thereâ€™s also an exploration of â€œthe hottest curves in Germany.â€ Thatâ€™s on the Audubon, right? Actually itâ€™s a model call for the brand Sheego.
- Uganda is starting to join in handicapped accessibility design for people that use mass transportation â€“ including for people too large to fit into taxi cabs.
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