Fashion Exam Question- (15 marks)

Just because a major fashion magazine labels something as celebrating individuality does not automatically make it so. Discuss.


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*Deep breath*

Vogue. There are too many opportunities and resources available to allow you to get it right for you to get it wrong. You should be leading the fashion pack but instead you insist on sticking to the beauty standards of yesteryear and now you are lagging behind. To add insult to injury you even have to gall to subtitle the cover, “No norm is the new norm” which is laughably ironic really because all I see on that cover is the old norm. If you’re going to make a point then MAKE A POINT.

Which beauty standards of yesteryear? Well Vogue, I’m glad you asked. Welcome to class, take a seat, makes notes, and no talking at the back.

  1. Non white is alright- as long as it’s not too far from white.

You get marks for using models of varying ethnicities, that’s great and certainly a positive. But where are the darker skinned black models? I’m not suggesting for a moment that you shouldn’t have booked Imaan Hammam and Adwoa Aboah but like I said before- if you’re going to make a point then make a point. Leomie Anderson and Ajak Deng are two black models with dark skin and there are many others that you could have booked to really send your message home but no- you played a standard hand and the overall effect was lukewarm rather than scorching hot.

     2. Black is more slimming for curvy figures

Six of your models have fantastically jazzy pants but Ashley? Vogue didn’t know they could get great plus size swim shorts from Monif C and didn’t try to find out, so Ashley had to be the odd one out and wear standard black shorts because you know, it’s all about inclusivity. If the shorts are all from the same designer couldn’t you have gotten some custom made?  It reminds me of the time Harpers Bazaar put Gabourey Sidibe in old house leggings and Payless shoes. Next time Vogue, just email me and I’ll give you the heads up.


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  3. Pose in a flattering way

All the other models have their hands at each other’s waists but not Ashley. Her arm is strategically placed along her thigh in a position that I believe was probably suggested so that her thigh didn’t seem as big in comparison to everyone else’s. Ashley has apparently refuted this on Insta, saying that she chose to put her hand down her thigh which of course is entirely possible but I’m unconvinced because we have seen it so often before.

I see the cover as more of a gesture than anything groundbreaking which is a shame. You had a chance to truly illuminate the fashionsphere but instead you’ve just shone a humble glow. Vogue- you are a big enough powerhouse to be able to set the standard and have others follow rather than take these tentative steps in the right direction and hope you’re doing it right. Even presidents have advisors so if you’re not sure you’d better ask somebody.  If you want to celebrate individuality then do so with boldness. Book models of different heights, widely varying skin tones, different abilities and OWN IT. The next time you make a fierce statement make sure your cover photo backs it up, and If you need some help, call me.



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!


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,, 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, 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.'”




Gaelle from Les Piteries de Vanoue looking radiant in the November issue of  Winkler magazine. For more info click here.


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