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I LOVE THIS PICTURE AND…

and everything is allows me to be…curvy and confident! Thank you Crystal Renn, you are my inspiration

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THE RUMOURS ARE TRUE

Gabourey Sidibe greets fans at an event held at Tokyo’s Cinemart Roppongi on Monday. The 26-year-old actress headed to Tokyo to meet fans and to promote Precious, which opened April 24 in Japan. She looked stunning in a bright red smock dress with some cool leopard print trainers. Leggings are definately a good option when the weathers unpredictable!

Gabby recently dropped by her official Facebook page to update her fans on what’s next. “So the rumors are true,” she wrote. “Exciting things are happening!”

Gab hosted Saturday Night Live on April 24 with musical guest MGMT.

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ONE REASON TO BE A GLEEK

I’m Victoria Jackson and I am a Gleek! Ey Victoria! If you haven’t been overcome by the recent influx of showtunes and excellent acting of Glee then you should catch up fast! Glee is an American television series that has taken over the world and one of the main actresses, Amber Riley, who plays Mercerdes Jones, has a voice to die for. She’s a younger Aretha Franklin and has is a positve female role model for the shows audience. Amber is not stick thin like the rest of the cast but looks great throughout the show. Here she is at a recent Glee party in Hollywood, looking gorgeous in a fitted A-line jacket and nautical style striped dress. How good do her red shoes look?

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MUSINGS OF A FATSHIONISTA!

When I was reading the blog on clothing website, Evans,  recently I came across the guest blogger Christina from the fabulous blog Musings of a Fatshionista. Her writing is funny yet informative and she regularly uploads photographs of herself looking fabulous, taking trends and turning them on their head perfected for the girl with more curves than the models walking the runway. She has excellent advice on styling for the fuller figure, like how she took her American Apparell circle scarf and turned it into a maxi skirt with buckled shoes and a rucksack. She looks fabulous and is definatley one of my new style inspirations….lets see how long it takes for the fashion world to catch on. Not long, hopefully!

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JENNIFER HUDSON – NEW FACE OF WEIGHT WATCHERS

Curvy beauty, actress and singer Jennifer Hudson looks fabulous recently and has just become the face of Weight Watchers. She looks healthy and had curves in all the right places. Jennifer says “I was very comfortable with myself before,” she shared. “I have a child now and I want to set a great example for him. Make better life choices, health choices, and just create a good example for him growing up.”

Ms. Hudson, 28, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for her role as the singer Effie in “Dreamgirls,” followed a Weight Watchers program for several months, tracking what she ate, intensifying her exercise routine and meeting weekly with a diet coach. The Grammy-winning singer dropped a noticeable, but undisclosed, number of pounds — a topic of celebrity gossip sites and blogs — in the months since she gave birth to her first child, a boy, last August.

Weight Watchers has long used star power in its campaigns. Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was its spokeswoman in the United States from 1997 to 2007, and the actress Jenny McCarthy did a stint last year.

Ms. Hudson’s Weight Watchers role began with a live Facebook chat, and she has started to blog about her weight loss on weightwatchers.com. The blog will include commentary on what she likes to eat, recipes and exercise tips, Ms. Callan said. Later this spring, the blog will include her experiences making a film in South Africa about Winnie Mandela, the former wife of Nelson Mandela.

The four Weight Watchers commercials were filmed at the same time, with Ms. Hudson dressed casually in pants, a striped shirt and a cardigan, in a music studio setting. The look and setting were chosen “because we wanted people to be able to see her body, with clothing that shows her new shape,” said Joyce King Thomas, chief creative officer for McCann Erickson, a unit of the Interpublic Group of Companies, which handled the campaign.

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INTERVIEW WITH THE GLAMAZONS

Hello Glamazons! And thank you for this fabulous opportunity!  I don’t normally have the privilege of being around celebrities, let alone burlesque ones! 

 I am a great fan of burlesque, from the gorgeous outfits to its whole sex appeal! Where did you get the inspiration from?  Why Burlesque?

[MERYL] I have always loved singing and dancing and even played the part of ‘Mazeppa” (a stripper) in the musical “Gypsy” at the age of 12!  In 1997 I was introduced to the burlesque scene after being cast in a musical called “Sin” that was performed in the east village.  I had did a striptease act in the show. It was very liberating and empowering to show my curvaceous figure on stage every night!  I got great feedback from audience members who thought it was refreshing to see a “real” woman stripping on stage in a tasteful way.  I continued to perform song and dance routines at cabaret clubs and incorporated the burlesque aspect.  I loved the glamour, glitter, sequins ruffles and, of course, corsets! 

And how did the band form, have you always been friends? 

[MERYL] I started to perform a one woman show and continued to be a featured act in variety shows.  I was inspired by groups like “The Pontani Sisters” and “The Wau-Wau Sisters” and wanted to be part of a group.  I imagined performing on stage with other full figured women, like myself.  And that’s how The Glamazons started!  I auditioned girls and formed the group. As the members of The Glamazons have changed through the years, the group has morphed into something different.  We don’t strip anymore, but our act is infused with the tease of burlesque.

[SANDY] I joined The Glamazons back in 2003 when the group was revamping. Some girls left to get married or to go back to school. So Meryl took me under her wing and showed me the world of Burlesque. This is when I truly learned to love my body and I grew to love myself more than I ever thought possible. As the rest of the group formed, we created a bond that no one can break. We love each other like sisters and fight like sisters. Haha!

[LAURA] I joined the Glamazons in 2005 as more of a pop style performer/addition to the group.  I was just singing and modeling at the time and met the girls on a photo-shoot for a book called “Big Girl Knits.” I never pranced around in my undies or a corset before, so my first performance was so invigorating.  There’s no better way to get over stage-fright than singing and dancing in ruffle panties!  The whole time I was thinking “well… I better perform my heart out, because my bum is all the way out!”

What made you decide to go on America’s Got Talent?

[LAURA] We were all a little skeptical about doing “America’s Got Talent” because we didn’t want to be made fun of for our size.  When we walked on stage, the audience started to laugh, but then we sang, and the crowd stood up immediately cheering us on.  The judges loved us.  I was so surprised.  But, we do know how to rock the house and have fun doing it, so I’m glad everyone else thought so too.

Who was your favorite judge?

[SANDY] My favorite judge was Piers Morgan. This guy was the toughest and most critical judge on the show and he loved The Glamazons. He has a thing for curvy women and he thought we were truly talented, so it felt really good to have him in our corner. All of the judges loved us and they were really inspired by us. I think they were all pushing for our success.

[LAURA] I really loved them all but Sharon Osborne was definitely my favorite.  She was like mom: honest and loving all at once.

[MERYL] I loved them all!  But I grew up watching David Hasselhoff on television and it was so surreal to perform for him. He has a special place in my heart J

 So you found fame on America’s Got Talent, you got into the final eight I believe??  How did it feel?

[SANDY] It was really a humbling moment for me when we made it to the finals. I felt that people in America were realizing that talent comes in all sizes and I was so proud to be a part of that. We received a lot of fan mail from people saying that we had inspired them to go out and do things they never thought they could do because of their size.

 [LAURA] I had so many mixed emotions.  It was amazing to be there and make it that far with our talents and by being ourselves just the way we are and knowing the country voted us there.  Our fan-base grew tremendously and we inspired so many people to start loving their body no matter their size, shape, or weight.  But it was also an up hill battle because we were also being judged just because we are plus-size.  It was sad to read what people wrote at times.  It just made me wonder how much they must have been suffering to say hurtful things.  But in the end, you always have to push on through and shine!

Let me just say I think it is just great how you are all proud of your curves and flaunting them in such style!

Do you feel that you are representations of lots of girls out there who are proud of their curves?  That you are putting the message across that Diva Rocks!

[SANDY] I do feel that we represent girls across the world who want to prove that curves are sexy! It concerns me that young girls look at thin models in magazines and think that’s how they should look. The Glamazons work out and try to eat healthy, but we still embrace our curves. We are not trying to be a size 0 and that is okay. We want people to be the best “you” that you can be.

[LAURA] After the show, we went on tour and we found that so many of our fans look just like us!  It was great to hear “hey you girls look like me! Thanks for being you!” I felt like I was fulfilling my mission of “size/real woman-acceptance.”  This made me see how seriously under-represented women size 12 and up are in the media.   People are starving to see plus-size ladies representing proud, talented, fierce females! We are here to set off that revolution!

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TARA LYNN FOR FRENCH ELLE MAGAZINE

It has featured naked women on the cover and even actresses without makeup. But now a leading fashion magazine has created a real shock for France’s fashionistas by tackling the last taboo: plus-size models. The latest edition of French Elle is arriving on newsstands this weekend with a picture of model Tara Lynn wearing a white jumpsuit on the cover. Lynn is a plus-size model who sports, it says, “adorable belly fat” and inside appears with three other larger models for 32 pages of a “special edition” dedicated to plus-size fashion. It comes a month after Italian Vogue launched an online section called “Vogue Curvy” dedicated to fashion and beauty for larger women.

In January US glossy magazine V ran a plus-size-themed edition featuring Lynn and other models under the headline “Curves ahead”. And last September the issue was again in the spotlight after British designer Mark Fast’s London show caused a storm when his stylist allegedly walked out over a decision to use larger models. Some see French Elle’s decision to challenge the national stereotype of slender, chic Parisian women as breaking down the last bastion of a super-slim aesthetic that has gripped the fashion world. However, many doubt that the French will ever accept a larger body as an acceptable look and several fashion insiders told the Observer that the French Elle shoot was simply a “gimmick”, not a trend. Others disagree. Velvet d’Amour, a US model who lives in Paris, has conquered both fashion and TV at size 28. She has been a catwalk model for Gaultier and Galliano and is now a popular TV commentator.

Shops and websites for larger women are becoming highly visible. Parisian fashion writer Sakina, whose blog Saks and the City is widely read, told the Observer that the Elle cover was a “wonderful initiative”. “It’s almost unbelievable to see such a huge magazine cover a real plus-size woman. Along with Vogue dedicating a section to curvy women, it’s the most shaking news I’ve seen,” she said. “Fashion has created a gap between itself and real women. From skinny, to curvy, to fat, the population is made of very different bodies and the contrast between the women represented in fashion or advertising has been so important that most women don’t feel good about themselves. I, too, have had body issues: I tried to fight what I genetically am because I always thought that being beautiful could never mean being curvy.” She added: “The fashion industry is evolving, but slowly. Elle is considered as a magazine that steps out for women, so I want to believe this is not only a one-off.

The famously Parisian chic is a fashion spirit, certainly not a weight or a body shape.” Although far behind the US and the UK, the French are getting significantly bigger. Statistics show that 42% of French women are now classified as overweight or obese, while more than half the male population – 51% of French men – are officially overweight or obese. But one Parisian fashion industry insider, who did not want to be named, said French Elle was acting less out of desire for change than “to respond to the criticisms directed at them for showing only thin models”. He told the Observer: “It’s a gimmick. Having one edition that you fill with big girls is like world women’s day: one day a year is reserved for them and the rest of the time you go back to normal.” The capital’s fashion elite was far from changing its mind about bigger models, added the insider. “You know why? Because clothes don’t look as good on bigger people.” Size is now a hugely contentious issue across the developed world.

This month a row erupted in Australia when designer Rosemary Masic said she would cap her clothes range at size 14, as anything bigger “endorses an unhealthy lifestyle”. “I am very passionate about life and serious about health,” said Masic. “Size 16 and size 18 are not healthy sizes to be.” But she was criticised for stocking clothes at the other end of the spectrum, size 6, which some see as equally unhealthy. The German magazine Brigitte this year said it would no longer hire professional models because staff were tired of retouching photographs of bone-thin models to make them look bigger.

German designer Karl Lagerfeld, 76, who attacked chainstore H&M for producing his designs in all sizes instead of just for the “slim and slender”, stepped into the row, saying what many in fashion believe – that no one wants to watch larger catwalk models. “Fat mummies sit there in front of the television with their chip packets and say skinny models are ugly,” Lagerfeld told Focus magazine. He said fashion was about “dreams and illusions”, not reality. Critics, however, say it is also about eating disorders and pressured young women, but he is not alone in that view. Others feel Elle has dragged behind the curve. Glamour magazine published a small photograph of model Lizzie Miller, showing a natural-looking stomach, last September. A deluge of responses declaring it “the most amazing photograph I’ve ever seen in any women’s magazine” led the magazine to commission Dutch fashion photographer Matthias Vriens-McGrath to shoot plus-size models Miller, Crystal Renn and Kate Dillon, among others, in a style similar to that made famous by US photographer Herb Ritts with nude supermodels in the 1980s.

This month designer Michael Kors, US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and model Natalia Vodianova were at a Harvard forum to discuss changing body types in fashion. Vodianova talked about her postnatal anorexia, and Kors called waif-like models an “army of children” and announced he would no longer book models aged under 16. “The fashion industry is starting to address real women again,” Kors said. “The emphasis in fashion is shifting toward an emphasis on real women who are women, not girls.” If the fashion magazines do not lose readers by using a diversity of models in all shapes and sizes, then the designers could find that change makes commercial sense, even if some steadfastly refuse to accept the aesthetics.

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