- Kate Upton – we don’t need to discuss this at all, right?
- New Zealand is hosting its first fat studies conference.
- Want some Plus Awesome? Read about Olympic medalist and weight-lifter Cheryl Haworth.
- Apparently some women in the Portland area fat acceptance movement aren’t very welcoming to the size 14s. I’d have to see more context, as this is clearly just one side of it and it’s not an identity argument immediately – I’d need to know what really happened. There’s a bit of raging ignorance that demonstrates this person isn’t really above size-hate, which doesn’t help.
- This commentary on how one woman is too small for most plus-sizes but too large for most straight-sizes says this: “It isn’t the apparel industry’s fault that women’s bodies are as divergent and different as, well, women.” Now there’s some Kool-Aid drinking. Yes, most women who want perfect fits do need to go to a tailor. All clothing is to some extent handmade – there are no automatic/unmanned sewing machines. And mass producing means one pattern. EVEN SO most clothing retailers are quite actively and quite stubbornly ignoring almost 60% of the population, including a good 20-30% that got arbitrarily re-declared plus-size. The idea that we need to change ourselves to fit the clothing is pure madness, and yet we do it, to the destruction of many women’s lives. And we’ve been persuaded to see that pointless self-destruction as virtue!
- When you feel fatter than you look – an article about how body image disorders begin. Also, the battle against thinspo and self-harm sites continues. While I find the very idea of thinspiration horrific, silencing these girls is NOT the way to do it – the determined/really ill find a way. Let them be heard – start paying close attention to why they feel like the ONLY thing they have any say in is their bodies.
- Oh, and now women are getting surgery for too-fat toes. Unless it impairs your ability to move, it’s really just grounds to divorce that foot fetishist partner. Have we learned nothing from foot-binding?
- Jane Pratt, editor of XOJane, talks about changes in the media and the fatkini spread. She really does look the way she was drawn in Daria…
- A guy who tracked 59 women over the course of just one month has “determined” women shop when they’re at their most fertile. I call bullshit, and ill-meaning motives for proposing the idea. Maybe it’s my hormones making me object to being dehumanized into nothing but a big ball of hormones. I guess that mean’s THEY’RE WORKING PROPERLY!
- In case you’ve NOT been scared of your shadow lately, there’s a correlation but not causation established between chemicals in soaps and lotions and women developing diabetes.
- Paula Deen has lost some weight and broken some hearts.
- Gemma Collins new plus size clothing line was a bit underwhelming. She also got in trouble for promotional tweets.
- For Australians: the Trinh Foundation is raising funds and taking pre-loved plus-size clothing items to raise funds to assist children with swallowing and communication disorders (such as cleft palate.)
- A mall in Mississippi has two unique plus-size boutiques opening, one being New Zealand based the Carpenter’s Daughter!
The Business of Plus
- Hot Topic has announced its quarterly dividends.
- H&M has posted a 3% increase in profits compared to the same time period last year. Apparently in January they rebranded the plus-size line as H&M+ and are offering up to size 28 UK.
- Marks and Spencer has changed over its board and senior management team. No word on what this may do to the store’s plus-size offerings.
- Christopher and Banks has secured a new credit card security – so expect to see that pushed at stores.
- FullBeauty is launching its first print lingerie catalog.
- In Germany, plus-size models have given it up and appear to be just walking the catwalks and carpets nude.
- A new plus size star to watch: Gaby Amarantos.
- The plus size clothing market in India is big money already.
- Read about the success of the Yes, I’m Chubby blog.
- Sao Paulo’s plus-size fashion weekend is coming, and there have already been some promotional shoots.
- Preta Gila’s plus size line launch was a hit.
- Designer Gosia Baczynska refuses to use plus size models on his Polish TV show, because when it comes to fashion, “rules are rules and will not change.” Explain… leggings, women wearing pants, bell bottoms in the 1970s and the late 1990s, the changing size of women in modeling since 1930… what’s this “will not change?” crap again? Explain the FALL OF COMMUNISM IN EUROPE – and the “rules are rules and will not change” again?