Posts Tagged ‘plus size womenswear’


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.

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.


© Anne Kroul, 2013.