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Tyra Banks on Body Positivity and the Term “Plus-Size”

Posted by on January 15, 2014

Tyra Banks is sort of a polarizing figure. Some people love her, some people hate her. Personally, I’m just fascinated by her. The supermodel has been criticized for her fluctuating weight over the years and the tabloids have been quick to jump on her whenever a picture surfaces of her looking less than Victoria’s Secret-runway-ready.

What I do respect Tyra for, however, is her unapologetic “girl power” vibe that she tries to exude via her different media outlets. In fact, her very memorable “Kiss my fat a**!” speech that she gave in a 2006 episode of “The Tyra Show” was named as one of TV Guide’s 60 Greatest Talk Show Moments. In my humble opinion, the honor was well deserved (you can view the entire monologue below).

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Talking Plus-Size Fashion with Blogger Rachel Anne Nemeth

Posted by on January 14, 2014

Rachel Anne Nemeth, 20, is a cake decorator living in St. Catharines, Canada. She admits she is a total “geek” who loves playing video games, cooking, and painting. She’s obsessed with mermaids, Disney, and anything vintage. A self-professed cardigan hoarder and a lipstick connoisseur, the plus-size fashion blogger keeps track of her eclectic, vintage style at “My Curvy Valentine” and on her Tumblr.

Rachel spoke with IGIGI about her love of all things vintage, her favorite faux leather pants, and her tips for successfully shopping online.

Rachel describes her style as cute and quirky. She likes to add something vintage to all her outfits. Credit: Rachel Anne Nemeth

Rachel describes her style as cute and quirky. She likes to add something vintage to all her outfits.
Credit: Rachel Anne Nemeth

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Target Uses Maternity Model for a Plus-Size Dress, Offends Everyone

Posted by on January 13, 2014

Ugh, again Target? WHY?!

For the second time, a big goof on Target’s online website has directly offended the store’s plus-size shoppers.

In April, Target first came under criticism from shoppers via social media for naming a plus-size gray maxi dress “manatee gray,” a title that might not have been overly offensive if its identical regular size dress was not called the more standard “heather gray.” When the poor naming choice was called out by various media outlets and individuals, Target changed the selection on the website from manatee gray to heather gray and tweeted an apology via its official Twitter account. A spokeswoman then later told Today.com that Target was sorry for “any discomfort” and never intended to offend.

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Screen grab tweeted from Susan Clemens to the official Target Twitter account.
Credit: Twitter/@SuZen

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Jay Mohr Fat Shames Alyssa Milano On The Radio

Posted by on January 10, 2014

Celebrities are not strangers to having the most intimate and personal details of their lives discussed and criticized on national and sometimes international stages. However, celebrities generally tend to stick up for one another or at least do not openly attack one another, minus the big celebrity feuds. But just because you are a celebrity, that does not mean that you are actually a kind, intelligent person, and this time we have Jay Mohr to thank for reminding us of that.

At the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Awards in Las Vegas on Dec. 6, Jay Mohr, who hosted the event for some reason, hung out with the always charming Alyssa Milano and then afterwards, during a radio interview, made some particularly awful comments about Alyssa Milano’s post-baby body.

“She was one of the presenters… She’s very tiny,” Mohr said of Milano, whom he called “Melissa” instead of Alyssa, during his interview. “It seems like she had a baby and said, ‘I don’t really give a s**t’… I read it on her gut… Somebody sat in the director’s chair and was not wearing Spanx and I was like, ‘Jesus Christ.’”

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We think Alyssa Milano looks absolutely stunning at any weight.
Credit: Twitter/ @Alyssa_Milano

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Talking Vintage Plus-Size Fashion with Entrepreneur Amarina Norris

Posted by on January 9, 2014

Amarina Norris, 32, is a fashion designer living in Toronto, Ontario, where she runs the awesome online vintage plus-size boutique Ursa Major+. Amarina describes herself as a fun, positive person who uses fashion to put out as much good energy into the world as she can, starting with what she puts on in the morning.

She is also a plus-size fashion blogger and creative entrepreneur who says she finds her biggest motivation in the fearless women who go out every day and challenge beauty standards and what the mainstream media say women’s bodies should look like.

Amarina took the time to chat with IGIGI about her love of vintage clothes, why she started her business, and her carefully curated wardrobe.

Amarina is really inspired by prints – when she comes across a cool piece, her mind starts racing with all of the combinations and outfit possibilities. Credit: Amarina Norris

Amarina is really inspired by prints – when she comes across a cool piece, her mind starts racing with all of the combinations and outfit possibilities.
Credit: Amarina Norris

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