- Tyra Banks points out that she started her career at a size 4 – which is considered too large for modeling now. Sophie Dahl is also quite displeased with this whole size zero situation.
- Retailer ModCloth plans to produce a plus-size clothing line.
- This advice piece talks about ways to deal with wanting to change your own body with diet without passing along a warped attitude about food to your children.
“You should never criticize your own body (or anyone else’s) in front of your children. Any dieting you discuss should be framed in terms of being healthy and feeling good.”
- There’s a rumor that Adele is to be the face of a plus-size dating website.
- I’m not a fan of buffets, and the weird combination of gluttony and business sense in this story of a man protesting being cut off from a buffet is … well, weird. I guess I need to know whether they have a)had anyone else behave as he has and b)if they cut off a thinner person as well? It was my skinny ex-boyfriends excesses that were the source of embarrassment when I still ate at them.
- Unsurprisingly, HBO’s Weight of the Nation is a fat-shaming piece fraught with bad, outdated research and confirmation bias. Especially since base research makes it clear shaming people with real eating disorders makes their behavior worse, and shaming people who may be completely healthy and just sexually undesirable to the person finger-pointing just makes it clear the shamer is an asshat with deeply inappropriate entitlement issues.
- Fitspiration – it’s just as insidious and nasty as thinspiration.
- Among the entrepreneurs included in a Salt Lake City business course was the designer behind the plus-size line Inspector 33.
- Yet more research demonstrates women are more likely to buy clothing when modeled on women their size, age, and ethnicity. So clothing corporations and designers, here are your choices: hire a very diverse model base, or face the prospect of elderly nudity. Your choice.
- Skechers lost a $40 million false advertising suit for claiming its shoes contributed to weight loss. I love my Skechers – they contributed to my exercising in comfort, yes, but to weight loss? No.
- Apparently the whole “aspirational” approach of fashion – i.e., making us feel like crap – isn’t necessary to get us to buy things. Who knew – clothing can sell without emotionally abusive schmuckery??? All this tells us is that the PTB in the fashion industry up to now really do consist of truly horrible people. Horrible people = ones who find a way to gain by making others feel worthless.
- I’m not a fan of press releases in general, but this one is worthwhile: Dolly Fashions, a traditional Indian clothing supplier (east Indian, a clarification necessary as I’m in the States) now offers these garments in plus sizes.
- Crystal Renn is now complaining that working as a plus-size model was too much pressure.
Business of Plus Size
- JC Penney is posting a quarter 1 loss. I have to say, I’m really disappointed by their plus-size offerings, especially what they had over the holidays.
- Ascena Retail Group will be participating in Citi’s 2012 global conference.
- Hot Topic exceeded Q1 expectations. This may have something to do with their new vertical sourcing system.
- Tyra Banks praises Vogue for stance on models (marquee.blogs.cnn.com)
- Plus-size model talks about careers with curves (earth.co.uk)
- The pressures of being a plus size model (moneynews.org)
- After the Billboard Music Awards, Adele goes up against Maroon 5 (twitchy.com)