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.
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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.
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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.
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Jennifer Lawrence Is Not As Flawless As You Think

Posted by on January 8, 2014

When listing body positive celebrities, most people are quick to include the popular Jennifer Lawrence among their list of faves. I have never had any sort of real issue with Jennifer Lawrence. I’ve enjoyed a lot of her movies (The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook were both excellent), she’s done some interesting and very down to Earth interviews, and her stumble on the Oscar stage last year was absolutely endearing.

However, there is a small part of me that does not quite understand the adoration with which JLaw is consistently met on the Internet. She has almost achieved cult-leader status on Tumblr with all of her .giffable (read as: gaffable) moments.

Most of my discomfort with her comes from how she talks about her body and dieting. Now, it’s not totally her fault. The media constantly asks female celebrities about their bodies, dieting habits, and exercise regimens, so female celebrities are often forced to talk about these issues on a regular basis in interviews. Jennifer Lawrence simply does not play ball. She likes eating and likes food and is comfortable talking about that in interviews.

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A popular JLaw .gif emphasizes her love of food.
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Filling a Need: Donating Your Plus-Size Clothing After the Holidays

Posted by on January 7, 2014

As we move into colder weather, everyone is starting to bundle up. Personally, I really love winter. The snow, the warm fires, the drinks, the scarves – I love it all. However, I’m lucky enough that I do not need to worry about having the clothes with which to dress warmly enough.

Many people struggle to keep warm during the cold weather because they can’t afford the right boots, sweaters, and coats to keep out the frigid winter air. This can affect plus-size individuals even more so because it is so much harder to find plus-size clothes at discount prices. This makes plus-size clothing donation so, so important, especially in the winter.

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Consider making a plus-size clothing donation this year.
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