- All the interesting stuff was at Full Figured Fashion week, of course – which I was unable to attend. (Cue weeping.)
- NPR has a short bit – about ten minutes – on TLC show Big Brooklyn Style. (You will need a media player for this.) Actually, for radio, that’s a pretty large program segment.
- Special K has started using “plus-size real women” in its cereal ads. The sociology blogs I follow could have a field day with this, and I hope they do.
- A study of 18-26 year old men found that they “prefer curvy women.” Honestly, this does NOT make me feel good about my body – and it makes me feel bad about men, too. The entire article is predicated on the idea women are shaping their bodies solely to please men, and the very idea I or any other woman is expected to be so void of humanity that she only exists to please others is deeply upsetting to me.
- Katy Halchishick has a great interview about the issues still confronted in the Natural Body Movement.
- Lesley Kinzel’s Book Two Whole Cakes has changed the perspective of this psychotherapist.
- Wet Paint asks if Tyra’s term “fiercely real” is offensive to non-curvy women. Personally, I’m not thrilled with any buzz word.
“Tyra was on The View today, talking to the ladies about what it means to be a “fiercely real” model. “In the modeling industry, a model that is a size 12 and up, she’s called ‘plus-size,'” Tyra said. “I don’t think that that’s a sexy term.” So she came up with “fiercely real” to represent what “real women” look like.” Why does it need to be sexy?
- Salford University is now inviting plus-size women into their cheerleading set.
- Body Exchange is another program that allows plus-size women to exercise in a safe space. It also does not fund rather upsetting things that Curves gym does.
- Kate Middleton is influencing plus-size fashion at Style369.
Business of Plus
- Ascena will indeed drop Fashion Bug, so all stores will be out of business by early 2013.
Plus Size in Other Places
- Dani Mendes, 31, is the new plus-size girl for Rio de Janeiro. Plus Size Miss Sao Paulo believes there is room for all body types in modeling. Carla Manso also grants an interview advocating for the plus-size women of Brazil.
- The Tailor Shop in Brazil just opened and specializes in plus-size clothing.
- Khanica Murray was crowned Miss Plus Size Diva in Trinidad.