Posts Tagged ‘plus models’

Denise Bidot – Plus size model

February 27th, 2015 12:30 pm

If you haven’t heard of Denise Bidot yet, you sure will see a lot more of her in the near future.  She’s currently breaking new  ground for Plus size models across the globe, becoming the first plus size model to grace the catwalk at New York Fashion week and is known for her work with straight and plus-size brands such as Forever 21, Target, Zizi, Levi’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Old Navy and Lane Bryant.

Denise sat down with Cosmo mag and Sophie Simmons, the 22-year-old designer behind Sophie x TheStyleClub (More info here), to talk about body image, confidence and the plus size fashion industry.

You can view the video below where Bidot discusses how plus-size models have to fit ideal body types, and how her mother, and being a mother herself has had an impact on her views regarding her own body image.

During her interview Bidot gave her strong views of the term ‘plus size’:

“I think other people have a problem with [the term ‘plus-size’] more than I do. I don’t care what you call me. I’m glad to even have a place in this fashion industry. Plus-size, straight-size, in-betweenie — I don’t care regardless. I’m just a woman. I’m a curvy woman, and hopefully some day they do end up cutting out the word plus-size. But, for right now it’s nice to just have a section for us.”

We couldn’t agree more with Denise’s opinion regarding the term ‘plus size’ and encouraging a healthy idea of body confidence in all women, no matter their shape or size. We admire Denise’s own confidence and the amazing influence she has on the plus size industry right now.

White Label Spring Summer 15 is Here

February 6th, 2015 4:24 pm

Anna takes us to all four corners of the Earth with her White Label collection for Spring Summer 2015. Appropriately named Wanderlust, let this collection help you escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world as Anna draws global inspiration from the traditional, the cultural and the vintage. We have luscious leopard prints, a cultural henna design, our exclusive Oli print and many more that adorn beautiful silks and jerseys in flattering styles.

The Anna Scholz team took off to sunny Majorca for a holiday with twist. Whilst enjoying the sunshine they shot the SS15 campaign, which I’m sure you’ll agree, looked amazing.  Our model , the lovely Gina looked fantastic in all of the outfits and we couldn’t be happier with the brochure images that were taken by Mindy Coe which you can view here.

We styled the shoot with metallic transfer tattoos by Divine Ink, which complimented the prints and styles perfectly. Cliff and his wife Sharon joined the team and everyone was thankful for her amazing cooking throughout the shoot, including the delicious stuffed peppers. Just looking at the picture makes everyone hungry in the office. Of course the holiday was all work and very little play, but we’re sure you’ll agree the images and collection look great. It certainly makes us want to travel away for the sunshine and head to the beach.

You can check out more images of their time in Majorca, by checking out the behind the scenes shots here

Keep your eyes peeled as we will be releasing Black label previews next week, but for now you can shop White Label online here.

Let us know where you are heading on holidays to and show off your Anna Scholz outfits in the sun using the hashtag #ASholidayoutfits on your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. and we’ll share our favourites


January 8th, 2015 5:44 pm

Our good friend and Editor of the plus size fashion magazine ‘Slink’,  Rivkie Baum has argued very strongly against a recent project initiated by the TV presenter Steve Miller which he named  ‘Warn A Friend They’re Fat Day’

Steve had proclaimed  January 7th 2015 as the day for Britons to tell close friends or family members that they are overweight.  Rivkie was so upset by the concept of ‘Warn A Friend They’re Fat Day’, that she and a group of fellow campaigners launched a counter project called ‘Tell A Friend They’re Fab’ day. The movement aims to encourage both men and women (of any size) to tell a friend why they think they’re great and post their compliment on social media adding the hashtag #youarefab along with the message.

Steve’s idea of ‘Warn A Friend They’re Fat Day’ came about late last year, even writing a letter to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt about the issue. His idea was for people to bring up the issue of obesity with a close friend or family member who is overweight. Steve has claimed that the initiative could save thousands of lives.

The move was widely criticised, with members of the plus-size community saying the idea amounts to body-shaming, fat-shaming and bullying.

Rivkie Baum of ‘Slink’ Magazine was quoted as saying: ‘#youarefab is the antidote for people fed up with the long list of detox and diets that are forced upon us in January and a welcome break to the body image negativity that campaigns like Steve’s can throw up. If someone does want to lose weight, the only way they will reach their goal, is if they want it. If your friend or family member wants your help losing weight, they will ask for it – then is your time to step up. But if that doesn’t happen, appreciate that their body is their business and use #youarefab to remind each other of the reason you’re friends in the first place.’

Whilst a lot of the plus size community including Rivkie managed to turn the day into a positive one by using the hashtag Steve’s believes #youarefab is equally as dangerous as being overweight.

He said: ‘The fat acceptance brigade is in my opinion dangerous, because what they are saying is you are OK to be fat and fabulous. That is completely wrong in my opinion. You are basically saying to someone, stay fat and you might die early and that is fine. That is wrong.’

He was quoted saying: ‘This day is about saving lives; it is absolutely not about humiliating people. I am proposing to people that they do all of this in a very sensitive manner and only with friends or family that they are extremely close to. It should also only be said to people that you think can handle the information – if you think it will send them the other way, don’t do it. Then after you have told them, offer to go to the gym together or take up walking together. I know that the word fat sounds harsh but when you use that word, people take notice – if you wrap the issue up in cotton wool, it doesn’t work.’

Rivkie disagrees and strongly believes Steve’s campaign will have the reverse effect. She said: ‘Recent studies have shown that telling a friend they’re fat, whether you are concerned or otherwise can actually lead to further weight gain. Not to mention the way it might change your friendship. I find it amazing that people seem to believe that someone who is fat is unaware of it.’ She continued: ‘We live in a media culture that constantly points out what are perceived to be physical flaws on a daily basis. The issue of our bodies and our relationship with them is incredibly complicated and Steve’s initiative doesn’t seem to take any of this into account. If the issue of weight, body image and obesity was this simple, surely we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.’

As a plus size brand we completely disagree with Steve’s idea. We aim to promote and encourage plus women to lead a happy, stylish and healthy lifestyle. We do not encourage bullying or body shaming of any kind and we work alongside professionals in the plus size industry to promote body confidence, rather than destroy it.

Did you tweet a friend to tell them how fab they are? If not let the people close to you know how fab they really are and let’s keep the positivity growing and erase body shaming and bullying.


© Anne Kroul, 2013.