Posts Tagged ‘plus models’


The New Barbie?

November 20th, 2014 4:24 pm


Over the years there have been many arguments to do with the child toy Barbie and the unrealistic body ideal she portrays.

An American artist, Nickolay Lamm decided, due to his own negative attitude to his own body growing up, to create a ‘normal Barbie’, named Lammily, which represents an average BMI and body size.

The doll comes with a realistic wardrobe and stick-on acne, scars and stretch marks to combat the false ideals that dominate the children’s doll market.

He used a crowd-funding project and US government health data to make the brown-haired Lammily doll, which reflects what a Barbie doll would actually look like, if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman’s body.

He also edited a video which shows how it’s body would change if she were made into the average barbie. The results are shocking.

Lammily’s instant popularity was largely driven by a concern for body image,” he said in a statement on his website. ”I believe this issue is of great magnitude. I myself have lived through my share of insecurities. Back in high school, I starved myself and exercised to exhaustion to have a set of six-pack abs. After achieving my desired BMI, I looked and felt terrible. This experience taught me to keep things in perspective. Every one of our bodies is different, so we should not be aspiring to some idealized standard.

“When I look at current fashion dolls, I’m reminded of my experience in high school… I’m reminded that there are some things that are just a mirage and not worth emulating. Moreover, I’m reminded that there is beauty in embracing all the aspects of who you are, and in staying true to you.”

With the concept of the doll revolving around being true to you, Lammily also has an average wardrobe and accessories that reflect her many different facets – such as gardening or book-reading. The graphic designer has also created a series of realistic stickers which can be added to the doll, including cellulite, scars, moles, freckles, acne and the ability to blush.

Lamm aims to extend the Lammily doll in the future to include different ethnicities and different healthy body shapes, along with special edition toys based on inspirational role models from the world of sports, actors and world leaders. And of course, a line of male dolls.

Here are some links and videos to explore for yourself.

https://lammily.com/

http://nickolaylamm.com/




A Perfect 14

May 23rd, 2014 1:20 pm


The film ‘ A Perfect 14 ‘ follows the journeys of three plus-size models, Elly Mayday, Laura Wells and Kerosene Deluxe. It shows their struggles against the perception of body image which currently exists in the mainstream media.

Although the film has not been completed yet, it has already gained an exciting following with over 10,000 followers on the Facebook fan page. It seems there’s a lot of excitement surrounding this project as we all wait for an official release date.

Produced by Canadian filmmakers James Early O’Brien and Giovanna Morales Vargas, the documentary offers an unflinching look at the modelling business and its often unforgiving treatment of women with curves.

‘ A Perfect 14 ‘  also looks at the label ‘plus size’ and discusses what the term actually means? and it’s relevance in today’s society.

The trio of plus size models share personal experiences of the modelling world. The aim is to help and empower not only each other but the viewers as well and to try and change the current notions of beauty. In addition to becoming successful models they are also driven to make a positive impact in the world.

We’re certainly looking forward to watching this film and following the story of each of these beautiful women.

Visit the site HERE

Or watch the trailer HERE




Plus Size (Role) Models

June 14th, 2013 8:00 am


Velvet d’Amour was listed in Huffington Post’s recent feature on who’s dominating the plus size industry right now.

Velvet and her online magazine Volup2 have definitely appeared on our blog a lot lately. She did a very sexy photo shoot with Anna (they are old friends) for the most recent issue of the magazine. Velvet is the Editor, Creator, Art Director and Photographer of Volup2, which invites readers to “revel in their every ‘imperfection’ and celebrate their bodies in their glorious entirety.”

Velvet d'Amour

d’Amour first came into the limelight when she flaunted her curves on the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring-Summer 2007 show in Paris. Since then, she has continued to be an outspoken advocate for the transformation of the fashion industry into a more inclusive place for people of all shapes and sizes.

In an interview with Frockwriter, d’Amour said, “The true meaning of FASHION in all likelihood it encompasses and revels in Change, in decadence, in obscurity versus ordinary, in risk-taking. While fashion beckons followers and innovation creates fashion, it’s those who deviate from accepted norms who create so much of our fashion from the get go.”

Other fabulous curvy women who were celebrated by HuffPost as inspiring innovators were Saffi Karina (who recently started her own plus model workshop called Curve Project London), retro pin-up model and blogger Tess Munster, and plus model of the moment Jennie Runk.

Saffi & Tess

To read about all of the women, click here!





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