Victoria’s Secret: A Body for Every … um … make that One Body

Victoria's Secret

Victoria's Secret's new campaign

Oh, Victoria, whatever will we do with you?

For its latest ads, Victoria’s Secret has chosen the innovative route of featuring septuplets. Oh, they have different skin tones, but you can tell the models are related because their bodies are EXACTLY THE SAME.

“There’s a Body for every body,” goes the tag line. You’re funny, Victoria. Very funny.



Plus-size models not really average

Distorted views

We keep hearing that plus-size models represent the average American woman, who’s around a size 14. But people who cite that number also say the average height is 5’4″.

Um … size 14 at a model’s 5’10” looks a lot different than at 5’4″. (more…)

Published in: on 03/11/2010 at 12:00 am  Comments (1)  
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Tiny-waist t-shirts make body-image statement

National Eating Disorder Information Centre

Now there’s a greeting card!

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre, in Canada, launched a campaign last month targeting the fashion industry. They sent greeting cards and t-shirts to “selected fashion leaders and marketers all over the world.”


Published in: on 03/10/2010 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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The statement nobody got: Mark Fast and healthy curves

Curve skeptics!

In all the debate over Mark Fast’s runway show, nobody seems to be asking the obvious question: Why do we see healthy women’s bodies as flawed?

In case you haven’t heard: Fast did the unthinkable at this year’s London Fashion Week: He sent plus-size models down the runway in skin-tight material. Bye-bye, baby doll tops, and let the controversy begin: The outfits were “unflattering”—a “detriment” to plus-size models, critics said.

Yet bone-hugging fabric on underweight women? We heard not a peep about how unflattering that is. Those women are not flawed, you see. And that, my friends, is where the problem lies.


Published in: on 03/08/2010 at 12:00 am  Comments (1)  
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Vogue Curvy review: What plus size really means

I guess it’s time to visit Vogue Curvy. I’ve been avoiding it. But, doggone it, as a blogger covering weight in the media, it’s my duty. So I will woman up and take the plunge.

How ’bout you? Want to dive in with me?

In case you haven’t heard, Vogue Curvy is a Web site from Vogue Italia that’s for plus-size women. The thing is, I’m not sure what I hope from it. What if they skipped over the middle sizes and hopped to the larger? Once again, healthy-weight women would be invisible. But … what if they didn’t? What if they included healthy-weight women—and called them plus size?

So, if you’re feeling brave, let’s take a dip into the newest entry into the plus-size craze. Will they pass the test? And what test do we want to impose anyway?


Published in: on 03/05/2010 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Model Crystal Renn Is “Fat”?

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Published in: on 02/27/2010 at 12:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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Why this blog?

I can’t keep my mouth shut. And I’m tired of yelling at the walls.

When it comes to women’s body images, we need a reboot. I believe most people don’t know what a healthy-weight woman looks like any more. And they need to—men and women—for their own well-being and that of their loved ones.

The truth is, healthy weight, or “normal,” as the BMI scale puts it, comes in a range of sizes, not just one skinny one. For years, women have been crying out to have more realistic body sizes represented in the media. And I believe cracks have formed.

So with this blog, I want to applaud Hollywood, the fashion industry and the media when they stop calling healthy looking women fat—when they embrace the range of healthy looks as beautiful.

I invite you to come along on my journey. Together, I hope we can build a positive voice . Let’s see what we can do.

Thanks for reading.

Published in: on 02/26/2010 at 8:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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