Hey my loves! I’m back from my conference and I can’t wait to share this with you. This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDA). You know I can’t stress how important positive body image and self-acceptance is. I found out today, that 24 million Americans are affected by eating disorders. This includes Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder. This breaks my heart. During this week, I’m participating in spreading awareness. As part of this, you’ll see me tweet some startling facts, like today. Read more
How many times have you heard this? Welcome to world of what we like to call backhanded compliments. You’re being told you’re beautiful, but (yes there’s a “but” in there, no pun intended), apparently your body isn’t. Read more
You all know how much I believe in loving the skin you’re in. Now…yes, wait for it…there’s an app for that (I had to say it). The Body Beautiful iPhone app is now available for only 99¢. That’ s less than $1 to remind you on a daily basis how beautiful you are. Read more
What do you know about size acceptance? This is a topic, not only in the plus community, that pretty much wreaks havoc everywhere. Regardless, of how small, big, tall, or short you are-we should learn to love ourselves and others around us. Read more
I didn’t know if I should even write about this. I’m unsure about even mentioning his name, because I don’t want to give him any more publicity. But, I just wanted to give you ladies another and perfect example of size discrimination in the fashion industry (like you needed more). Read more
I’m VERY irritated with this so-called fashion industry, fashion scene, or fashion whatever. As a designer, you have the right to create whatever you like, in any size, and for any person. There are no boundaries to what you design or envision to be fashion. You can be as brave and bold or as simple as you want. There is an infinite amount of freedom to express who you are in your designs. Read more
I love my body. I really do! But, I know I’m not healthy. I have high cholesterol and I haven’t worked out in months. If I could be in top physical health and have my curves, then I’d love myself even more. Read more
Ex-plus model Crystal Renn, in an exclusive video interview via the Ford Models Blog, speaks up again about the issue of her recent weight loss.
“For some a thinner Crystal Renn has meant betrayal of the very foundations upon which she built her career as the most famous plus model in the world. On the face of it, these accusations appear founded, but do not hold up when subjected to further scrutiny. Lost in the discussion has been Crystal’s steady call for greater diversity in fashion and especially as it concerns size.” -Ford Models Blog
In the interview, Crystal states that if she were to go back up to her plus-size model weight she would have to develop a binge eating disorder.
“Crystal is an incredible model no matter her size and should be celebrated as such. I am not sure this will be the final word on the issue, but so far as this page is concerned this Crystal Renn interview draws a line under it.” -Ford Models Blog
I think she’s a beautiful woman and an amazing model. Can you leave it at just that? Do you not care anymore? Or do you feel “betrayed?”
My favorite America’s Next Top Model winner, Whitney Thompson was all smiles and motivation as she participated in the The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) 2nd Annual NYC NEDA Walk. With over 700 people in attendance, they raised approximately $140,000!!
Thompson, a NEDA Ambassador, addressed the crowd about body image before the walk began. “I want everyone to know that they don’t have to conform to the images they see in the media. Real beauty is something that cannot be found in a magazine or on TV,” said Thompson. “I encourage all of you to speak out, write letters and insist that these publications work harder to promote a positive body image.”
NEDA will also be hosting their annual conference on October 8-10 in New York City.
And don’t forget the amazing Whitney Thompson will also be hosting the Love Your Body Day in West Hollywood, California on October 22-24. I’ll be there!!
About NEDA: The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. We campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. We work with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance.
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I was about to go to sleep, when I saw a link on twitter to these amazingly beautiful photos of the extraordinary Chenese Lewis and Whitney Thompson.
“Love Your Body Day Weekend is an annual event where women of all sizes come together to celebrate self-acceptance and to promote positive body image.”
I will be there on behalf of L.A. Fatshion Bloggers, I hope to see you there!