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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.

Simone Charles Wins Models 1 Plus-Size Competition

August 31st, 2013 10:00 am

We previously reported on the amazing number of applicants for the first ever plus-size modelling competition held by the esteemed Models 1 agency this past spring. What seemed like possibly just a token nod to curvier women ended up receiving twice as many entrants as the agency’s earlier competition for “straight-size” models. The lovely Simone Charles, a 21-year-old-student, was the plus-size competition’s winner.

In a recent interview with HuffPost UK Lifestyle, Simone said, “I thought the competition was a good chance to go professional, and to promote curvier women in the industry, to show that they can be respectable and sexy and wear good clothing.”

“Models 1 is one of the most respected agencies,” says Rivkie Baum, editor of SLiNK magazine who offered an editorial and cover shoot in her magazine to the winner. Winning this competition is “a big deal,” she adds and “hopefully it shows that women are getting more confident and that they are proud of their curves.”

“I was keen to find a girl who could do the edgier side of fashion, not just the smiley commercial stuff,” says Rivkie, who liked that Simone is a UK size 18. Baum shares a vision with Models 1 that curvy models can be considered for editorial as well commercial shoots.

Simone herself also wants to see a change in the mentality of the modelling industry. “It doesn’t have to be a big thing,” she says. “You should be able to appreciate curvy as well as straight models, and my ultimate goal is for straight sized women to pose alongside a curvier woman and it not be some big statement. And that we refer to women as women, not ‘plus size’ or ’straight’.”

In America, there is already a new modelling agency called Jag which has dispensed with separate divisions for plus- and straight-size models (H&M sensation Jennie Runk is represented there). Set up by former Ford agents Gary Dakin and Jaclyn Sarka, Jag aims to put “girls of all sizes on the covers of magazines, in advertising, and not stopping.”

Glamming it Up in SLiNK Magazine

December 8th, 2011 2:00 pm

Some pieces from Anna’s Autumn-Winter 2011 collection were featured in the November issue of SLiNK magazine in an editorial about how to look glam from day into the evening.

Louise wears Anna's digital jersey t-shirt dress

Laura wears Anna's velvet jersey pleat dress

See the entire November issue of SLiNK magazine


© Anne Kroul, 2013.