Sneak Peek #2 at V’s Plus-Size Issue. Is This Healthy?

The models that have been chosen for the highly anticipated issue# 63 of V look timeless in these pictures done by Karl and Co. They also have faces similar to those seen in fashion mags and wear high fashion clothes provided by major fashion labels, so in effect they look very super. While we do love this new plus-size teaser before the issue’s release on Jan 14, we can’t help but think about how much plus is healthy and how much is plus?

Skeleton is not healthy but neither is obesity so we spoke with health and medical professionals who shared that

Being heavy on top and heavy on the bottom is ok (health-wise though not for backs or knees among other joints) HOWEVER, if a woman is over 80cm in waist-size (85 for Japanese women), they risk cardiovascular disease, diabetes and are at risk for metabolic syndrome. Men should not be over 90cm (80 for Japanese men).

So, we hope that people everywhere do accept themselves for the body they have but should keep in mind that health is more important than body image (On a side note, Japanese really do have a different bone structure so the women do have that leeway though that number for men was unexpected!

(What’s up with there only being one model of colour too?)

Images courtesy of V Magazine/Solve Sundsbo and


Karl Lagerfeld to photograph Plus-size Models?

It appears that V Magazine is feeling inspired from Glamour Magazine’s Plus-Size Photoshoot and will in effect, be featuring bigger-boned beauties in their January issue. “Big, little, pint-size, plus-size — every body is beautiful. And this issue is out to prove it,” says editor-in-chief Stephen Gan. The shoots are said to range from fully clothed to nude and will be done by Terry Richardson, Bruce Weber and KARL! He has been quoted as saying that modelling is no place for plus-sizers, however here he is photographing them? What is this? A plight to aid the needy?

We Don’t Understand Karl, is someone blackmailing you or have you turned over a new leaf?

Tyra’s Fiercely Real Teen Model Search

Tyra Banks really does seem to have the welfare of young women at heart. She has announced the launch of the Fiercely Real Teen Model Search contest that will feature ‘average sized’ young women aged from 13 to 19, between the heights of 5′ 9″ and 6′ 1″.

Tyra explains, “I’ve always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty; through America’s Next Top Model, True Beauty and The Tyra Show I challenge industry and universal standards by featuring and celebrating non-traditional beauty, and stressing that true beauty is both inside and out. Plus-sized tends to have a negative connotation and I want young girls to realize that what’s considered plus-sized is the average American woman. That woman is healthy, fit and beautiful. Adolescence is such an impressionable time in a young woman’s life, and I hope this contest helps teen girls discover their own beauty from the inside out.”

The only qualm we have with this is that the ”average American woman” is allegedly 5,4 and 164lbs and growing. So, when we tell young impressionable women that plus-size is who they are and who the rest of American society is, isn’t that promoting obesity? Shouldn’t we give them examples of women who are ”healthy and fit” of every height?

How can any woman feel beautiful with Supermodel thin and Plus-size obesity as options?

If you are interested however, click here for more information and here to enter.

We wish you luck but remember, be healthy. A beautiful body is one that should never be abused.

Advertisement Intrigue

We wanted to look at ads this month because it’s good to see how companies portray themselves through images and how those images relate to us and an industry that is barely changing despite what the media says.

This month, Rykiel, Moschino and Tom Ford have released promotional images for each of their fashion lines.

Can you tell what they are selling?

The first image is Rykiel featuring models Alana Zimmer (whose facial expression we dislike très much!) and Marike Le Roux (who actually looks quite sophisticated even without a bra). Though we like the hats, the colour and the contrast of the background and their skin colour, we have to ask, what happened to their bras? Would you wear Rykiel’s clothing without one? Probably not. Most people don’t want to be so adventurous nor care too. However, we think the ad is good because it displays Rykiel’s fashion and the models aren’t flying around.

But in Moschino’s ad, they used a semi-flying Isabeli Fontana in a very visual display of a heart purse, dress, shoes and heavy gold jewelry. Everything we needed to see was there and in comparison to Rykiel who used very thin models, we actually see ourselves in Moschino’s materials (except the dress. Too many frills) We would die for the heart purse.

Lastly, there is Tom Ford giving us yet another pointlessly sexual photograph of Carolyn Murphy sans clothes and tan lines caring for Nicholas Hoult‘s hair (because he’s busy doing nothing?). Honestly, did YOU know glasses were being sold here? Silly

Overall, in terms of body, we would rather Moschino than Rykiel-it because the ad is a tiny bit more inviting. (Tom Ford we exclude.) We like Rykiel’s clothes but it almost seems as if the ad caters to thin people because of the models they chose. Maybe curves are distracting? We mean a little curve not what they define as plus-size nowadays.

Which ad attracted you the most and which seemed to be the best example for women?

(And where are other ethnicities!)

Colour Me Beautiful: The Health And Culture Issue A Sneak Peek

V Magazine has released their size issue where they say V Love U Just The Way U R, which does not seem to translate in their pictures showing that it too has succumbed to the Hollywood Beast, painting pictures of thin scarecrow women contrasting them with their extreme plus-size opposites, instead of showing real women who are HEALTHY. Also, where is the cultural representation they speak of?

Is it this or this?

Most of these plus-size models seem more at health risk than fierce frenzy and the ”tall, thin, short, curvy, whoever you are” in V Magazine? We don’t think so

This is the picture WE want to paint. We have illustrated a picture of health, culture and couleur so we asked some of the beautiful Maverick Femmes we know to share their pictures with us and offer something that V definitely did NOT.

Stay tuned for more updates ;)

A Little Black Dress With Control Panels

Asda has created a little black dress that ”pinches the inches” and claims to take off about an inch and a half using ‘inch-pinching’ poly elastane technology employed in some control underwear or granny panties as Bridget Jones and many people call it. It works by way of panels placed across the hips, waist and bust as seen from their £28 ($47) dress and a £16 ($26) black skirt.

The 1950s style elastic corset wear is expected to be a popular item as 85% of women usually have tacked on about 2 to 3 pounds after the holidays and this states that it will smooth out the lumps and bumps ”without exercise”.

Asda also goes on to say that ”the human curve has come to represent the healthiest and most fertile form, highlighting the most suitable breeding partner and has evolved to be universally attractive to males for that reason” and that there’s  ”there’s no need for women to slave away in the gym or diet to achieve the perfect shape as we should be celebrating our curves, not trying to get rid of them” because ”curves are back in fashion with the plus-size models on the rise”.

Ah what could have been a good temporary idea has failed in our eyes with the above ridiculous statements. Firstly, yes, it is said that wider hips supposedly remind men of fertility and we agree. We also love curvy or hour-glass figures. However, it seems that the brand director for George, Fiona Lambert is saying that exercising is for women who have self-esteem issues, who cannot accept their curves. Au contraire, my deluded Scroogy one, exercise is very important in daily life as well as a healthy diet. You should feel comfortable in your god given curves and body but you should know that you are healthy when you’re flaunting them not living a sedentary lifestyle and complaining that the world doesn’t accept you.

Also, comparing plus-size models to curvy is silly because plus-size models are not curvy as we have seen, they are big women. Marilyn Monroe was curvy. The Dove women are curvy but plus-size women are bigger than the average woman or at least what the average healthy woman should be.

So we’ll say that it’s not a new idea because corsets date back to hundreds of years but the dress could be used as a temporary feel-good curve dress. No one likes feeling uncomfortable in their clothes so we can say that it’s a bit of a self-confidence booster, which we like but we wouldn’t recommend it long-term.

V Love U Just The Way U Are

Surprise! Yet another preview of the Size Issue from V before it hits the newsstands Jan 14 However, in the newly released photographs by Terry Tsiolis, we see a wide range of sizes and ages AND colour, which we prefer to stick and big-boned comparisons.

The tag line reads “Tall, thin, short, curvy, punk, prep, dom, deb. Whoever you are and whoever you want to be, we’re with you all the way” We don’t know what deb is but it sounds…questionable intriguing!

What we have noticed in these images are some unique clothes and some familiar…Alexander…so in case you were wondering about the models, make-up and who they are wearing, read below! (We think we might like this issue!)

First picture
Regina is wearing a dress by Salvatore Ferragamo, a necklace Atelier Swarovski by Christopher Kane Earrings Erickson Beamon while make-upped in M.A.C Powerpoint Eye Pencil in industry and Eye Shadow in contrast

Martin is wearing a vest by Keko Hainswheeler and sweatshirt John Galliano Pants Trussardi 1911

Photo 4:
From left is Amy wearing a jacket, bodysuit, pants, shoes Alexander McQueen, bracelet (worn as necklace) Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière and gloves by LaCrasia

Frey wears pants from Thom Browne Top Tripp NYC, shoes Pleaser from Patricia Field, Tights from American Apparel

Kate – Sweater Stefanel Headband Natalia Brilli

Images via and V Magazine

Karl, Coco And Size

How many previews of this issue are there going to be? Come out with it already! The above images are done by Karl Lagerfeld and he decide to take part in the highly-discussed plus-size issue for V. And despite what he has been quoted as saying, he was probably the best to take these. We prefer these in fact to this

Her pasties do remind us of something in a Dita Von Teese show though. We do love the accessories though!

Credit to:’s exclusive preview of V Magazine’s Size / Spring Preview 2010 issue

Don’t Come A-Knocking ”Festive Fatties”

Danish site describes itself as the “largest network of attractive people in the world” with 550,000 members from 190 countries. In supposedly keeping with that ‘attractive’ credo, they have expelled more than 5,000 users from its site worldwide.

Why, in specific?

Because as Greg Hodge managing director of the site put it, “members who posted pictures of themselves during the holidays showed that they had “let themselves go”’. Holidays, [he cites Christmas and New Year more specifically] seem to do with only “over-eating, over-drinking and watching TV on the sofa.” Hodge attributes this as reasoning for the falling beauty standard that appears prevalent in the US, U.K and Canada today, where most of these “festive fatties” were turfed off the site from.

Seems like they went a little overboard.

But keep this in mind, the “prospective members must go through a 48-hour voting process, during which time existing members of the opposite sex decide whether they are “beautiful”‘. The site supports this in saying that it “does not define beauty [but] simply gives an accurate representation of what society’s ideal of beauty is.”

Ideal? IDEAL?! Unless you found a unicorn, let’s get serious. It means that beauty must be ‘box beauty’ where everyone must fit into a socially constructed view of what beauty should be.  Also, it was “vigilant members, who take pride in the standards demanded by the site, [who] called for action.”

A few pounds over the break isn’t always considered as something that detracts from someone’s beauty.

However, this issue runs deeper. It promotes box beauty while many are struggling to change and change and change this.

So, Say NO to BOX BEAUTY and YES to the Beautiful Healthy (we hope) You that you are

Rush Limbaugh Released From Hospital

Even though the Wikipedia workers had pronounced Limbaugh dead on December 31st, his release from hospital today suggests he is still very much alive. Apparently there is “nothing wrong with his heart” but says “the pain was real, and they don’t know what caused it”. That would quite the fright but the man does look like a heart attack waiting to happen. Higher chances of heart attack, heart stroke along with a long list of other problems are associated with weight gain and the girth of one’s tumtum. Hope he takes care of himself though we think his waist-size is probably over 90cm!

Sneak Peek at V Magazine’s ‘One Size Fits All’

A sneak peek at V magazine’s issue 63, which will show off the gorgeousness of any woman’s size, has been released. The issue itself doesn’t hit stands until January 14th but from what we see of Crystal Renn and Jacquelyn Jablonski pictured above, we are excited!

‘The women, in a fashion-off are shown side-by-side to demonstrate through similar poses and wearing the same clothing (courtesy of Ralph Lauren, Proenza Schouler and Dolce & Gabbana) and ferosh accessories (fromVersace, Burberry and Alexis Bittar), that women of any shape are beautiful and that fashion is for anyone. One of the featured stories will be Terry Richardson‘s One Size Fits All.

We think the Dolce & Gabbana designer bodysuits look gorgeous on them but we have to say that the models look more curvy than all sizes. Dove anyone?

Wonder which ones Karl photographed?

Images Courtesy of Models.Com and V Magazine

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