Archive for March, 2010
We’re very excited about Beth Ditto’s upcoming autobiography, Coal to Diamonds. Published by Simon & Schuster, it’s due to hit shelves this autumn.
Beth is the super-cool frontwoman for The Gossip and the idol of plus size women everywhere! She is talented, intelligent, original and fearless with fashion!
“As a 5 foot, 15 stone gay singer, Beth was never going to be ignored,” describes an introductory blurb on www.amazon.co.uk, “but her talent plus her exuberant opinions have made her a heroine for the alternative music scene.” amazon.co.uk continues, “Beth grew up in the Bible-belt town of Searcy, Arkansas as the middle child of seven. She says they were a classic trailer-park family, ‘crazy poor’, who sometimes shot and ate squirrels for entertainment. Beth realised she wasn’t cut out for a life of ‘teenage pregnancy or crystal meth addiction’, and after years of being bullied for being fat and loud, she managed to get away to Olympia, Washington State, where she immediately found like-minded people. It was this move that opened her eyes to another way of living – one where you were not judged for how you looked, but who you were, and where your talents were encouraged. COAL INTO DIAMONDS tells the full story of Beth’s journey to success and fulfilment. She has never forgotten how it is to be an outsider and shares her homespun wisdom as well as many wonderful stories of her misspent youth before her song ‘Standing in the Way of Control’ became an anthem for alternative music fans the world over.”
The team at the website 100% People have launched a campaign to get body diversity into the fashion industry and the fashion media.
Their goal is to gather at least 10,000 signatures from women in order to persuade fashion houses and media outlets of the negative impact that unrealistic and airbrushed imagery has on all women.
Please support them and sign their petition at www.100percentpeople.com
Also, take note of the great logo designed by up-and-coming talented artist, Becki Jones!
I am loving these photos of Toccara Jones that appeared on the Vogue Italia online magazine Vogue Curvy. They have such a wonderful retro feel to them and she looks so sexy! There seems to be something in the air…great pictures of curvy women appearing all over the place! An exciting time…
According to recent medical research, looking at photos of curvy women has the same effect on the male brain as mind-altering substances.
We found Fiona McRae’s online Daily Mail article about this discovery rather stimulating.
Researchers in the U.S. state of Georgia “scanned the brains of 14 young men as they looked at before and after pictures of nude women who had plastic surgery to give them more shapely hips and bottoms.” The weights of the women in the “after” photos wasn’t reduced, just redistributed. Apparently, “seeing the post-operative shots excited the brain’s ‘reward centres’ – regions more usually activated by drink and drugs.” Hourglass figures proved especially stimulating. One doctor speculates that this is because broad hips are linked to good health and childbearing.
While the article admitted that the research wasn’t complete or particularly groundbreaking, it is a start in challenging standard definitions of female beauty and attraction.