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Target and the Mysteriously Disappearing Plus-Size Section

Posted by on March 18, 2014

Target and the Mysteriously Disappearing Plus-Size Section

Here at IGIGI, we take our mission to transform the world’s view of beauty seriously by creating alluring, fashionable, and wearable clothing for sizes 12-32.

So when we read recently that Target had mysteriously begun to phase out its plus-size offerings across the country with vague wording about offering a new plus-size line in the future, we were puzzled as to why everyone’s favorite low-priced yet stylish retailer would alienate such an important customer base.

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High School Junior Petitions for the First Plus-Size Disney Princess

Posted by on February 7, 2014

So much of size discrimination and bullying is ingrained during childhood. Kids are taught hate at a very early age and that hate usually extends to everyone who is different from what they are taught to consider the norm. One of the easiest ways to combat this bullying, as well as to dispel a lot of body image issues that kids often struggle with, is to show more representations of different body types in media and advertising.

Recently, the Huffington Post reported that a plus-size, high school junior named Jewel Moore from Farmville, Virginia, started a Change.org petition asking Disney to create a plus-size Disney princess. As of Sunday evening, the petition had 9,689 signatures, with only 311 more needed before the petition reached its goal of 10,000 signatures. To sign the petition, click here!

A screencap of the Change.org petition that Jewel started (Credit: Change.org).

A screencap of the Change.org petition that Jewel started
Credit: Change.org

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Say It Ain’t So! Spanx May Be Dangerous to Your Health?

Posted by on February 6, 2014

Just when we thought the days of dangerous corsets were over, some new research came out recently that shows how our precious Spanx and other shapewear are literally squeezing our organs. Ouch! The Huffington Post interviewed three different doctors: a gastroenterologist, a dermatologist, and a chiropractor, and this is what they found out:

1. Shapewear compresses your stomach, intestine, and colon, which can cause acid reflux, heartburn, and even esophagitis.

2. The pressure on your intestine can cause abdominal discomfort, bloating, and gas (just what everyone loves when you’re in a formal dinner setting).

3. It can even restrict your breath, since it’s pressing on your diaphragm.

It was the wise and beautiful Dolly Parton, aka Truvy Jones, who said in Steel Magnolias that she never left the house without her thighs encased in spandex, and many celebrities have been spotted wearing shapewear in some capacity.

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Dolly Parton and Olympia Dukakis in Steel Magnolias.
Image via Pinterest, user Cathy Y.

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The Brand We Love to Hate: Next Steps and Larger Sizes for Abercrombie & Fitch

Posted by on January 30, 2014

A great Salon article from 2012 about Abercrombie & Fitch, that store we now love to hate, has been circulating around my Facebook newsfeed lately and I immediately knew that it was something I should share with you awesome IGIGI readers.

Essentially, the article is a recap of journalist Terry McCoy’s short-lived career (he lasted about two hours) as an Abercrombie & Fitch model/door greeter, and it was just as ridiculous as you would expect it to be, but still oh-so-entertaining.

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A terribly clever t-shirt design pulled from Abercrombie’s own Instagram.
Credit: Instagram/@abercrombie

A company that has been accused of racially insensitive hiring practices, fat discrimination, sex scandals, and being chock full of big ‘ol bigots is, quite surprisingly, not the best company in the world to work for.

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Feeling Self-Conscious About Being Photographed? Have a Look at These Vintage Photos

Posted by on January 23, 2014

People are self-conscious about being photographed. It’s a pretty common, well-known fact. Whenever a camera comes out, whether it’s at a party, a wedding, or just a quick snapshot on the street, people automatically try to “fix” themselves. Hairs are brushed away, backs are straightened, and smiles instantly appear – a certain, disingenuous mask falls over the scene.

Now, I’m a plus-size fashion blogger, a college student, and a millennial, so I am quite used to having many, many photographs taken of me in my everyday life. I’m almost hyper-aware of my “good” angles and I’m always so concerned about where those photos will be going since I like to have total editorial power over my shots. Honestly, that might be why I like selfies so much, since I get to have the final say in how I’m depicted.

I’m probably a little bit of a control freak, but I’m really not alone in my photo-phobia. Many people tend to be sensitive about what images of themselves are taken and then often shared on various social media. I have a photography professor who finds the frequent query of “Where is this photo going to be shown?” to be one of the funnier questions of the modern era, since that is a question that was almost never asked of street photographers 20 years ago.

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One of the photos from Riggs’ series. The text reads: “Old fat me, p.s. hide this please”
Credit: Ransom Riggs

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