Terrifying Trend: Models and Mini-Liposuction

The size 2 model who sought mini-lipo featured on The Today Show

By Valerie Kusler Earlier this week, in my half-asleep daze, I flipped on the Today Show for background noise while getting ready for work. When I heard Matt Lauer introduce one of the segments, I stopped in my tracks, turned up the volume, and braced myself. “Why are thin, fit women getting liposuction?” he inquired. Oh boy. … [Read more...]

Passionate for Inclusive Fashion

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor "As a disabled person it’s important to feel confident with your image [and] fashion is a big part of this," stated David Proud, the UK actor who plays the character Adam Best in the popular television series Eastenders.   So much conversation and activism related to the fashion world today … [Read more...]

Brazil’s Runway Models Predominantly White

Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, Photo courtesy of AP

"Off Runway, Brazilian Beauty Goes Beyond Blond" By Alexei Barrionuevo at The New York Times on June 7, 2010 Before setting out in a pink S.U.V. to comb the schoolyards and shopping malls of southern Brazil, Alisson Chornak studies books, maps and Web sites to understand how the towns were colonized and how European their … [Read more...]

Plus-Size Modeling: A Passing Trend or Here to Stay?

Plus-size model Crystal Renn (right) posing alongside straight-size model Jacquelyn Jablonski in a spread for the January 2010 issue of V Magazine  [photo from Huffington Post]

By Valerie Kusler     Has mainstream culture done a 180°? Have we honestly transitioned from Kate Moss to Crystal Renn in just over a decade, or is this just a passing fad? According to a recent Times Online article by Louise France, plus-size models that previously charged around US$150 an hour are now … [Read more...]

German Magazine Swaps Thin Models for Real Women

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By Melissa Eddy (Associated Press) BERLIN - Germany's most popular women's magazine announced Monday that it is banning professional models from its pages in favor of "real women" in an attempt to combat an unhealthy standard of rail-thin beauty that it says has isolated its readers. The editor-in-chief of Germany's bimonthly … [Read more...]