Size Me: Finding Perfection When you Can’t Find Your Size

Bellydance for body justice and joy!

By Etang Inyang Since I hit puberty, I have shopped at the “fat lady” clothing stores. It was impressed upon me from an early age that I had limited options. In cramped dressing rooms with a pool of clothing at my feet, I was pressed by my impatient aunt, “Hurry up and decide between that pink flowery dress and that orange n’ … [Read more...]

Looking Towards the Future and Beyond Beauty Alone

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By Melanie Klein They say “love don’t pay the rent.” Love is undeniably the foundation of any healthy relationship, but it is by no means the only essential ingredient to keep that relationship humming smoothly. The same rules apply to the relationship with our bodies—relationships often complicated, contradictory and influenced … [Read more...]

American Apparel’s ‘Next Big Thing’ is a Big Fat Lie

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By Meghan Murphy American Apparel has never been progressive. It has never been pro-woman and it has never made much of an effort to hide it’s founder, Dov Charney‘s, pervy ways. Last year, Melanie Klein at Feminist Fatale outlined the myriad of ways in which the company has long been a terrible place for women. Charney has been … [Read more...]

Real Women Have Curves, And Don’t Have Curves, And Have…

Which of these women is more real? Kate Moss or Beth Ditto?

by Golda Poretsky, H.H.C. Lot’s of very well meaning people, when they find out what I do for a living, say something to the effect of: “Right on!  Real women have curves!” I know they mean well.  They’re saying that women’s bodies are more curvaceous than the emaciated bodies that are often held as an ideal by the … [Read more...]

Filling Out Fashion: The Expanding Plus-Size Industry

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Do clothes make the woman? These days, the catwalk has become a podium for size acceptance. But will big, beautiful women find real power there? BY OPHIRA EDUT I'M CHILLING ON THE COUCH WITH A BAG OF CHEETOS, watching a beauty pageant on the tube. Women parade across the stage, draped in gowns, after-five wear, casual attire. A … [Read more...]

New York Fashion Week To Include Curves

Model Toccara Jones to lead OneStopPlus.com fashion show - Photo via Mail Online

New York Fashion Week FINALLY embraces curves with first ever plus-size fashion show by Daniel Bates at Mail Online They have traditionally been shunned from the world's catwalks in favour of stick-thin women. But the rise in popularity of plus-size models is gathering pace as New York Fashion Week prepares to host its … [Read more...]

Pop Culture’s Relentless Battle with Body Image

TV shows "Huge" and "Thintervention with Jackie Warner." Photos from ABC Family and Bravo.

By Valerie Martin Mainstream pop culture's back-and-forth, wishy-washy affair with body image is nothing new -- but it seems to be rearing its head now more than ever. TV line-ups are springing up shows like "Huge" from ABC Family and the new fall series, "Mike & Molly" from CBS. At first glance, it's easy for mainstream … [Read more...]

The Sad Truth About Shopping for Plus Sizes

The latest from Lane Bryant

  Last week I went shopping for my friend's birthday. I wanted to get her some clothes that she could feel confident in. Not too difficult of a task, right?  Not quite. My friend is a size 12 to plus size depending on the label. After spending nearly three hours searching one of the most popular malls in LA, I found … [Read more...]

Jessica Simpson’s New Plus-Size Denim Line

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These ain't your mama's Daisy Dukes! Weeks after her own curves made magazine covers, Jessica Simpson announced the rollout of her own plus-size denim line. Avenue stores are now selling Jessica Simpson jeans in sizes 12-24. Man, does she ever know how to turn negative press into a profit. … [Read more...]