Posts Tagged ‘plus size womenswear’


Curves By Victoria Janahvili

December 18th, 2014 4:36 pm


2014 has seen the general media conversation regarding body image and body positivity feature more prominently with a more encouraging tone. Of course there is a long way still to go but as 2015 approaches, photographer Victoria Janahvili has added her own contribution to the conversation.

Victoria has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a photography book called ‘ Curves’, the book is a celebration of body image positivity. Whilst the book focuses on the imagery of women’s curves, the underlying idea behind the project is body positivity. “We like booty,” the Kickstarter’s introduction reads. “We like your booty. We like curves and boobs and hips and bodies. We love bodies. We love women’s bodies, whether they are skinny, full, flat, athletic, old, young, block, brown, white… But not everybody does… Because not everybody knows how beautiful bodies truly are!”

Janashvili, who was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, studied photography at the London College of Fashion and currently lives in New York City. Working in the fashion industry for several years, she has assisted some of the greats in London and Paris before doing her own thing in New York. You can see her work in a range of publications, from GQ to Cosmopolitan and from Esquire to the New York Times. Victoria has strong opinions regarding body positivity and tries to ‘portray a healthy and more relatable model’ in her own personal work, which is why ‘Curves’ is so important to her. “I feel very happy that the fashion magazines and media in general [have] started to embrace…healthier images of a ‘beautiful woman,” she writes on her Kickstarter page, “and that is why I strongly believe that this art book can help make a change even more.”

Most of the images for the book have been shot and some exclusive images have been released which you can see below, additionally you can watch a behind the scenes video on the Kickstarter campaign page.

Well known plus-size models Denise Bidot and Marina Bulatkina feature in the book. Both models are “outspoken advocates of ‘self-love’ and positive body image’; with Bidot recently making headlines during New York Fashion Week by becoming the first plus-size model to walk multiple runways for straight-size brands.

Victoria believes that the book will be a very important tool in spreading the image of a realistic and beautiful body that women of all ages can relate to and she also believes that the book is an essential publication for the fashion industry, for media and for women.

At Anna Scholz we are strong believers in positive body image and attitude and we are very excited to see the book when it is published and the reaction that it creates.




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/




Have a blast this Bonfire Night

November 4th, 2014 3:38 pm


Bonfire night is near and there are displays up and down the UK tomorrow, and all over the weekend for all the family and friends to enjoy.  Here are a few displays we’ve found, all across the country that’ll sure to light up the nights sky near you.

Lord Mayors fireworks – London (8th November)

The Lord Mayor’s Show has marched (and floated and trotted, and occasionally fought) through 799 years of London history, surviving the Black Death and the blitz to arrive in the 21st century as what must be the oldest, grandest and best-loved civic pageant in the world.

Midsummer Common, Cambridge (5th November)

A bonfire will be lit immediately after the fireworks display which starts 7.30pm at Midsummer Common. The Thurston Fun Fair will be open all evening. There is also a fire show between 6.45 and7.20pm by Phoenix Performance.

Fireworks at the Fort, Segedunum, North Tyneside (5th November)

Bring along your friends and family to one of the largest FREE firework displays in the North East.  As well as the firework extravaganza, why not explore the museum exhibits or have a bit to eat in the cafe before selecting the best spot outside to watch the display.

The Big Band Fireworks – Porthcawl Wales (5th November)

Watch a  fabulous colourful display of fireworks at the Hi Tide Inn, Porthcawl. There are great views of Coney Beach and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast in the background ensuring this display is anything but boring. The show is expected to start at 7pm.

Roundhay Park – Leeds Firework (5th Novemeber)

Once again in 2014, tens of thousands of people are expected to gather at Roundhay Park to enjoy Leeds’ biggest bonfire and fireworks event. Admission to the Roundhay Park bonfire and firework display is FREE, no tickets required! Bonfire – Fire lighting at 7.30 pm -Fireworks: Firework Display from 8pm

Bristol Zoo’s Family Friendly Fireworks – Bristol (4th, 5th & 6th November)

Now in its seventh year, Bristol Zoo’s Family Friendly Fireworks will be back for three evenings of great family entertainment. Beautiful, low-noise fireworks will light up Bristol Zoo on Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th November 2014 adding a sparkle to Guy Fawkes Night without the loud bangs that might frighten your little ones or our animals. Gates to open at 5 pm. Display expected to start at 5:45pm

Glasgow Green Fireworks – Glasgow (5th November)

Remember remember…. that Glasgow Fireworks returns to Glasgow Green on Wednesday 5 November. As usual, the event is free and open to all. Gates open at 4pm. The fireworks display is on from 7.30pm.





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