Mannequins Make a Statement

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Text and photos (below) by Sharon Haywood Australia has made body image news again. The latest relates to the release of size 16D (US 38D/UK 38DD) mannequins in the lingerie section of the mainstream department store Myers. Back in February, Debenhams department store in London started the movement by using size UK 16 mannequins … [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 Kusler 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...]

“Mom, do my legs look fat in these skinny jeans”?

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By Valerie Kusler It's no secret that "skinny jeans" have dominated the women's denim market for the past year or two. But a new trend of marketing skinny jeans to kids has caused quite a stir and concern. Many are wondering whether the trend is bad for kids', especially girls', who already have delicate body image. Will this … [Read more...]

Is TV Finally Portraying Overweight People With Depth?

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July 11, 2010|By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic Recent and upcoming shows including 'Drop Dead Diva,' 'Huge' and 'Mike and Molly' buck tradition and portray overweight people as actual humans. After years of excavating their alien habits on talk shows, and of turning weight loss into the sort of blood … [Read more...]

Loving Your Body During Bathing Suit Season

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"My Not-So-Bikini Body" by Samantha Dunn at Glo.msn.com Illustration by Elizabeth Patch from her book, More to Love A Lesson In Confidence For Bathing Suit Season Like most people who don't spend their lives at the gym, every swimsuit season causes me some measure of unease. This year, though, was set to top all. Keith Lewis, … [Read more...]

Lagerfeld Sets Aside Fat Phobia for Renn

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"Crystal and Karl, Sitting in a Tree" by Marjorie Ingall Belatedly, here is Crystal walking in Chanel’s resort show in San Tropez last week. She looks beautiful and fierce, mah nishtanah. There was a flurry of “OOH GROUNDBREAKING!” buzz when these pix hit the wires, given that Crystal is nominally plus-sized and Chanel … [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...]

International Women’s Day in Buenos Aires

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor On March 8th, women and men around the globe celebrated International Women's Day by honoring women's rights advocates, speaking out against gender inequalities and crimes, and rallying together for a better future. As a Canadian living in Buenos Aires, I was pleased to discover that the natives of … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Have an Eating Disorder to be Image Obsessed

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Claire Gould, The Review The signs on the mirrors in the bathroom said "You are Beautiful." Even so, girls stood in front of them, applying makeup, fixing their hair and adjusting their clothes to make themselves look different than their natural appearance. Feb. 21 to Feb. 27 was National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, but … [Read more...]

Debenhams Department Store: Bona Fide Diversity

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Debenhams for Diversity by Ben Barry at AnyBody Last week, the UK department Debenhams launched an advertising campaign for their Principles fashion line that features models of a variety of sizes, backgrounds, and abilities. The print advert features a petite 5'4 model, a size 16 model, a size 10 model, and a wheel-chair using … [Read more...]