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Plus-size Model Robyn Lawley Doesn’t Have A Thigh Gap Either, And She’s Cool With It

Posted by on November 13, 2013

Robyn Lawley is really blowing up right now. Her own swimsuit line, a Ralph Lauren campaign, and a Vogue Italia cover are just some of the credentials that the 24-year-old now has on her resume.

The gorgeous, Australian plus-size model wrote an awesome October editorial, titled “Why The Dangerous ‘Thigh Gap’ Trend Makes Me Mad,” for the Daily Beast after a photo of her in a corset appeared in a Facebook group for proponents of thigh gaps. But, GASP! Lawley does not have a thigh gap (like most women), and so the trim US size 12 model was called “pig,” “hefty,” and “too fat,” among other more unpleasant comments by responders.

Robin Lawley

This is the picture of Lawley that appeared on the pro-thigh gap Facebook page. Credit: Robyn Lawley via the Daily Beast

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Lululemon Founder Blames Product Performance on Plus-Size Women’s Thighs

Posted by on November 12, 2013

While size discrimination amongst mainstream retailers certainly isn’t new, it always takes me by surprise whenever a company comes out as specifically and definitely against plus-size women.

I feel like I should know better by this point, since we’re living in a post Mike Jeffries world, where fat customers are automatically categorized as uncool and undesirable, and yet when I saw the Bloomberg TV interview in which Lululemon founder Chip Wilson blamed women’s meaty thighs for ruining his fancy yoga pants, my jaw actually dropped.

Here's a screenshot of Lululemon founders Chip and Sharon Wilson during their disastrous Bloomberg TV Interview. Credit: Bloomberg TV

Here’s a screenshot of Lululemon founders Chip and Sharon Wilson during their disastrous Bloomberg TV Interview. Credit: Bloomberg TV

“Frankly, some women’s bodies just don’t actually work for it,” were Wilson’s exact words. “It’s really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time, how much they use it.”

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Celebrating Plus-Size Bodies In Art: Our Favorite Body Positive Artists

Posted by on November 11, 2013

Since the Venus of Willendorf, plus-size bodies have been depicted and celebrated in art – and they should be, because they are absolutely beautiful! I recently came across the blog “Fat People Art,” which serves as an aggregator of mostly modern (and some historical) drawings and paintings of plus-size bodies. Many of the figures are female, but there are depictions of men as well.

Submission on "Fat People Art"

This image was submitted to “Fat People Art” by a contributing blogger. Credit: Kayezilla

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Have a Healthy Conversation: How To Talk To Kids About Weight

Posted by on November 8, 2013

First off, some facts, courtesy of the CDC:

  • Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
  • The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.
  • In 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

Now, obesity can cause some health problems. Does that mean that everyone who is overweight or obese has health problems? Goodness, no. Not every overweight person is unhealthy and not all overweight people desperately want to slim down.

Kids come in all sizes.

It’s important to let your kids know that there is NOTHING wrong with their bodies. Credit: Lubas Fashions

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Karl Lagerfeld Needs To Stop Talking About Plus-Size Women

Posted by on November 7, 2013

If you follow fashion at all, you probably know the name Karl Lagerfeld.

The German-born fashion personality is probably most well-known for serving as the creative director and head designer for Chanel, but he is also the creative director of Fendi and the lead designer of his own fashion house.

Karl Lagerfeld

Lagerfeld is a fixture next to Parisian runways. Credit: @KarlLagerfeld Twitter

Now, while Lagerfeld, 80, certainly can make a pretty dress, his contributions to the fashion community (and I would even say the human race) pretty much end there. The designer is not someone within the fashion industry who should be held up as a role model, especially for young girls who are interested in fashion, and his most recent comments about “curvy” women in fashion only serve to solidify that fact.

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