Colours of Day

Camila Batmanghelidjh

Photo- Sam Frost- Guardian Weekend Magazine

Waking up to read yesterday’s Guardian Weekend magazine (my weekends are always busy, I live them in reverse) it was heartening to read Camila Batmangheldjh’s piece in the “What I see in the mirror” column. Each week a different personality writes a frank synopsis on how they see themselves and I love Camila’s description of how she gets dressed in the morning.

I am happy to report that being big has its delights; I gobble up exotic fabrics, sofa trimmings and patchwork quilts, and turn them into the outfit of the day in minutes. I wear with joy brooches the kids make out of cardboard. I don’t wear pierced earrings, because disturbed toddlers pull them off your ear, so my lobes are graced with antique clip-ons and they never match.

No thought to trends, playing down body parts, or considerations of other people’s opinions of how she should look. This is a woman who wears what she loves and loves what she wears- all accessorised with kiddy crafted jewellery and odd earrings. Inspiring.

Read the rest of the piece here.


Whats wrong with this picture?

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Discuss.

Every time I see Gabby in a fashion spread I sigh. This one however, is making me look around the room for the densest wall to bang my head against. In case you haven’t seen the pic already, its part of a feature from Harper’s Bazaar’s “Singular Beauties”  spread which celebrates the diversity of women who don’t fit the old fusty traditional image of beauty. I get that and I applaud it. But why did they make Gabby look a total mess?

I don’t even know where to begin as there is not a singular positive thing to say about any item in this “outfit”. It was meant to be a high fashion shoot in a high fashion magazine, shot by Karl Lagerfeld and styled by Corine Roitfiede. Two fashion heavyweights for goodness sake, and THIS is the best they could do? Karl L isn’t known for his love of the plus sized woman but I would have thought he’d at least make an effort on this occasion. Silly me. Carine Roitfiede is the new GLOBAL FASHION DIRECTOR of Harper’s and she should want to do a good job so she can show that the fashion direction is in good hands and she is worthy of the title. I mean- REALLY? The shoes look like they came free with a magazine, the leggings look like they’ve been washed and worn so many times that they’re begging to be put out of their misery and burned at the stake, the top is overstretched and ill-fitting, and the coat looks like it was borrowed from Kelly Price in the late 90′s and dyed red to try to make it look current. As though all this was not bad enough, the whole mess is quite literally crowned with a policeman’s helmet draped with a sari, in much the same way that you’d drape a scarf over a lampshade. Oh- and to add the final insult to an already horrific injury- a “talk to the hand” pose which does nothing to dispel the “angry black woman” stereotype- but don’t even get me started on that one. And this is Harper’s Bazaar. Shocking.

Plus model Candice Huffine is also included in the spread, and looks gorgeous.

HB2Every other woman in the shoot looks spectacular too.

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If Harper’s really cared they could have gotten something custom-made to show that the singular beauties they have chosen can all wear high fashion and look fantastic, whatever their appearance . All Harper’s has managed to achieve however, is to single out Gabby and expose the magazine as possessing the same negative mainstream attitude to beauty and dressing a larger figure, which is the precise message they were trying to contradict. FAIL.

What says you, the reader?


The Acceptable Face of Sloth

My latest xojane article….

Read it here.

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Plus Size Press

Did you see the piece in the New York Times style section on the influence of plus sized bloggers? (8th Nov)

Chastity Garner of Garner Style, and Nicolette Mason

A great piece with lots of quotes from different bloggers including yours truly. Just wish I could have seen the actual paper. Am I the only person who prefers real physical printed newspapers to online newspapers?

PS- And isn’t Chastity looking HOT in her Jibri outfit!?


Monochrome

So my single colour dressing experience was interesting. Read more here……


Boulder Management at XOJane

Latest piece….


More Fashion Nonsense

Courtesy of the Sunday Mirror’s “Celebs” mag.


More of the same

Yes I’m back on people’s websites, still pretending to be a writer…..


Vol Up 2 Magazine

Its been quite a while since I posted anything in the Fat Day Therapy category but this entire magazine is going in there. The mag is by model and photographer Velvet D’Amour and is a truly joyeous sight to behold. It’s image heavy so there isn’t really anything to actually read, but what it lacks in text it makes up for in beautiful photos of curvy women that are guaranteed to uplift anyones spirits on days when you’re feeling more moody gloom than va -va voom.

Click image to view mag.


No hablo espanol

…. but I recognise a picture of myself when I see one!

Not just me on the page of course. I’m sharing the limelight with fellow bloggers Jessica Kane and Laura Agudelo. Its times like this I wish I hadn’t dropped Spanish as a GCSE option, but as I did I’m going to have to  blatantly  steal Jessica Kane’s Google translation….

Many thanks to Luz from El Tiempo magazine!

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Fatshionistas and worship are called fashion. For them your size is no problem, but a pride.

by Luz Lancheros
See the gallery fatshionistas here .
Is the fashion is for the weak? That remains to be seen, say fatshionistas .A group of women around the world have shown that to dress well and that there are no rules in fashion suggests that all bodies fit, all sizes, far beyond the meager conventional stereotypes.
 His name is a fusion between the word fashionista, which defines the fashionistas who follow, use and display the latest trends, and fat, trans fat in English. And, although the origin of the word is difficult to trace, Lesley Kinzel, American feminist and writer, was one of the first to use when starting a blog called Fatshionista 4 years (and is now called Two Whole Cakes ) in the writer of topics that go through fashion, image, self-esteem and discrimination.
 Is the revolution that is made ​​visible through the net, where women from around the world seem to declare not only their passion for trends, but also their voice of protest against the dictatorship of fashion, it is no secret seems to speak only the slender. No wonder the feminist blog Feminist Collective Crunk , refers to the fatshionistas as ‘revolutionary’. And sums up: “These girls, armed with laptops and digital cameras have invadedFlickr and WordPress and have said they look good (…) They are doing complex relationship between feminism and fashion fat (…) . They give new versions of the body, self-care and acceptance. “
 And that is what much of the activity fatshionista 2.0: using virtual spaces to guide and advise. You can say one of the most popular bloggers, Diane Dennis (36 years), better known as “Deena” who through the blog Fat girls like nice clothes too (see box address) has the mission to “give them courage to women to use what they want to experience “he said from Birmingham (England).
In the same vein, other fatshionistas as Kathryn Elvin (British 29 years), creator of the blog Plus Size Beauty says: “You can use whatever you want, whether you are a very small size or larger. should never be ashamed of your body. ” Both Kathryn and Deena are uploading photos of themselves as models (the first is size 22 and second 24), and show their pints for every occasion, and their recommended brands and, of course, give advice.They create new styles, combining urban style with vintage and color with all sorts of textures.
And all the show and make it become the fashion fun, but especially in a democracy, because they point to millions of women who are often ignored.
And although the movement in Colombia is not large and is just beginning, there are already started. Laura Agudelo (known as ‘By Laura Ricci’), in his blog The heavy fashion, looks and shows its own opinion on catwalks and proposals of the season. However, she explains that it is the only of its kind in the country, because the Colombian is very hard to accept and recognize large fish. “Fat is a derogatory epithet. Even if a woman is, he says, ‘chubby’ to sound less offensive. Even I have been told to remove the word” fat “blog profile or Twitter, because it is ugly.”
The weight of the trend
 The work of fatshionistas has not gone unnoticed and has already begun to transcend the web space for fashion publications. Gabi is the case of Gregg, 24 years New York who created their website in 2008, Gabifresh.com, whose motto is’ young, fat and fabulous. ” With 15,389 followers on Twitter, she has collaborated on productions plus-size models for the renowned Wilhelmina Models agency, has appeared on MTV and Teen Vogue. For her the key is to adapt, “I’m a fan of ‘do work’. When you’re fat and you have style, you have to be creative,” says one of its inputs.
And is not the only one who ventures into the creation of fashion. Zwicky Sthéphanie-French designer and creator of the blog Big Beauty - has launched a new collection pret a porter for Taillissime brand specializing in fat women. Such was the reception from the public, the magazine Elle (France) this month outlined his clothing line. Also, Beth Ditto, lead singer of the band The Gossip, is a British fashion icon for his unapologetic look trangresores and eclectic looks. Also, just released his collection of garments inspired by the 80′s and has posed naked for Love magazine and NME, showing challenging its 99 kilos before the world.
Size models also like Chrystal Renn, have surprised the catwalk shows for designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano. Also, the exuberant blonde reality Whitney Thompson won the American Next Top Model in 2008 and in May this year, Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley, the most famous models plus size , posed very sexy on the cover of Vogue ( Italy).
 Of course, not everything is rosy, because discrimination persists. The U.S. edition of Vogue, headed by the legendary Anna Wintour, dismissed as a possible cover to Gabourey Sidibe, the protagonist of the film Precious by their physical appearance. Something similar to what happened with Oprah Winfrey, as the famous editor told her to pose for his magazine would have to lose 10 kilos. Likewise, the designer Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, said that fat women do not want their creations lucieran and said those who criticized the skeletal models were housewives fat all day watching TV and eating potato chips. Such is the relationship between the industry and the fashion system with large women, a balance between love and hate, “I love you close, but well away.”
 And that is also convinced Canadian blogger based in Vancouver, Jessica Kane, who specializes in creative marketing and Skorch magazine (made by and for fatshionistas), which states: “The large size is not normal yet, it is a stigma but in my country is a majority. The media believe that if women support, then support obesity. “
A vacuum of fashion
 And if there is resistance in the world, in Colombia as well. Catherine Villota, editor in chief of the Colombian fashion portal Fashionradicalnews.com, one of the most recognized in America, states that there is a culture open enough to accept different bodies. “The developers have not included these women as they should.’re Wasting an opportunity to have a product for them,” he says.
 The paradox is that in a country where 55.2 percent of female overweight and obesity 16.5, according to the National Survey of the nutritional situation in Colombia (ensino) – found only in small sizes regular trade. The largest is 18 and in some firms, barely 14.
 And although there is a significant gap, some have set their sights on this segment and found a space to create business. Fabiola did so Posada, who explains that he began his brand, the Gorda By Fabiola, living in tight supply firsthand: “I liked to buy clothes so Asenora, only had about it here. The parts need to rejuvenate them, give them color, energy, “he says.
 In addition, other relatively new brands, like Kawaii, I bet on blouses and dresses for young people. While other firms, such as Estivo offer swimwear and lingerie for all sizes. “We chose to go by this line because when a woman is when you use them is most exposed to the world and when it most needs to feel good, confident and secure,” said Carolina Malabet, designer and creator of the brand, which emphasizes in its catalog bodies to show ‘real’. “Do not pretend you’re another, we love to be like,” says the slogan of the firm.
And beyond the marks or the image to the world, the fatshionistas also love to just that, be. For the first time it appears that there is a twist and fashion began to take them seriously and include them. “I’ve always said that it is better to be skinny than fat, especially health and better to be rich than poor,” he says with humor ‘by Laura Ricci’. “But if you can not be thin for any reason, try to accept yourself as you are, and look good. I do focus on my blog about it,” he says, and is moved to recall the emails that you write other women like it, want a healthy relationship with fashion. Well, “the street is the mirror. And I just want to tell me to walk, ‘How cool is that fat.’”

 

 


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