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Despite her It Girl status, model, DJ, and sometimes actress Daisy Lowe wasn’t always confident about her body. Known for her risqué cover shoots as much as her innovative style, Low admits that accepting her curvier shape wasn’t always easy.
On the heels of last year’s success, the third annual Full Figured Fashion Week is returning to New York. Beginning on June 16, international designers specializing in sizes 12+ will debut their designs in a whirlwind of presentations spanning three days.
It wouldn’t be a Tuesday if there wasn’t a body image-fueled controversy happening somewhere on the web. Today’s comes courtesy of a normally idolized fashion figure: Scott “The Sartorialist” Schuman, who posted two images of fellow style blogger Angelica Ardasheva on his site yesterday along with the caption, “I loved that she’s a bigger, curvier girl than most of the other bloggers who you see in the press and tend to represent the genre.”
While we clearly love calling out a good Photoshop Disaster, the most recent submission to our Tips box is anything but. A model on RevolveClothing.com has found herself the subject of some serious scrutiny in the comments section — and not because of concerns over post-production editing, but, perhaps more sadly, because of her health.
We’ve said it once (well, we’ve said it a million times), and we’ll say it again: fashion houses design with only one size in mind. And that size is thin and of average height. A piece in tomorrow’s LA Times lays out a new list of excuses for why designers don’t design clothes for plus-sized women. And it’s every bit as infuriating as you would expect.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has lost more than 40 pounds since she started serving her post in January 2009. Gillibrand has gone from size 16 to 6 (and sometimes 4!), and appears in Vogue‘s November issue. She even showed off her fabulous new figure at Fashion’s Night Out, dancing with one of her aides. But did she do it for Anna?
A few weeks ago, we posted about a column Norma Kamali wrote for the Huffington Post. After a careful reading, we thought the takeaway was this: models need to be thin, and they should maintain their figures by going on a liquid diet (and burning off any non-liquid calories by exercising).
Oh, dear. Carey Mulligan, who stars in the upcoming Wall Street 2, recently snagged the cover of Vogue. For most women, this would be a dream come true. For Mulligan, it came with a catch.
Fact: women are all but force-fed the thin ideal since birth. Fact: most models are thin. Fact: liquid diets should not be used without a doctor’s guidance. So then why is designer Norma Kamali extolling their virtues?
Much ado has recently been made in the fashion industry over the use of super skinny models — so much, in fact, that we’ve dubbed it “The Great Weight Debate” — but one group of people have been almost conspicuously left out of the conversation: male models.
Alber Elbaz and his floppy bowtie are so adorable to look at that sometimes you forget the sheer genius that lies in his round smiling head. But Elbaz sat down with Style.com for the sixth installment of their “Future of Fashion” series and the resulting conversation forever removed any doubts. Also, he unabashedly likes bloggers! We do have one quibble and that’s his stance on The Great Weight Debate, but we’ll let you read it for yourself.
A contestant on the upcoming season of Australia’s Next Top Model has come forward and said that just one week into filming, she was asked to lose weight. Alison Boxer is 16 years old, 120 pounds, and would be considered “underweight” according to the internationally recognized Body Mass Index.
Yesterday we wrote a post wondering whether or not Glamour had retouched its trio of bikini clad cover girls, also known as Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio, Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model Brooklyn Decker, and plus-size supermodel Crystal Renn. We e-mailed Glamour for comment after our post went up and now Glamour’s editor in chief Cindi Leive has responded.
Elle editor in chief Robbie Myers joined the Today Show’s Ann Curry this morning to talk about “curvy girls” and whether they’re “making a comeback.” While we applaud the Today Show for addressing these issues — they’ve even dedicated a new segment to it: Today’s Women — Myers, unfortunately, did not make the best case for the cause.