ASHLEY GRAHAM TALKS ABOUT HER BODY CONFIDENCE JOURNEY AND BARES IT ALL IN V MAGAZINE

‘The force is strong with this one.’ ~ Darth Vader

Is this what he would say about Ashley Graham too? I think so, especially on #MayTheForthBeWithYou day! Ashley slayed in the latest V Magazine issue while she talked about her own body confidence journey. Ashley said regarding cellulite: ‘It doesn’t define my worth. If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they’re going to be like: “Who cares!”‘

Here is a segment from her interview with Tracee Ellis Ross:

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS Hi Ashley! How are you doing?

ASHLEY GRAHAM I’m so good! I’m so happy to be doing this.

TER Me too! First of all, you’re slaying everybody’s life right now with your fashion. I was spit out of a fashion womb, thanks to momma [Diana Ross]. I’ve been stealing her clothes for a lifetime. My mom was always like, “What are you doing?” Because she always thought that the costumes were incredibly important and worthy of archiving, but I’ve been explaining to her for many, many years, “Mom! Listen, with just your fashion choices in general, you defined an era. These T-shirts are a curated collection!” But that’s not the point. We’re here to talk about you!

AG Who cares! I like being able to talk to you.

TER There’s so much I want to talk to you about! Let’s just dive in. When did you make a decision to love the skin you’re in? Was it something that you found your way to, or was there a particular moment?

AG It would be so much easier to be like, “This is the date, time, and experience I had,” but there really isn’t one. It was more about experiences in my life of devaluing the fact that I was an average, normal girl living in the city. But being told, “You’re fat,” “You’re ugly” or “You’re just not good enough,” and trying to live in these model standards, that was my normal. I think I hit bottom around 18. I was disgusted with myself and told my mom I was coming home. And she told me, “No, you’re not, because you told me that this was what you wanted and I know you’re supposed to do this. It doesn’t matter what you think about your body, because your body is supposed to change somebody’s life.” To this day that sticks with me because I’m here today and I feel that it’s okay to have cellulite.

TER In our culture it’s a big, ugly word, but it’s such a normal part of the human body. As women, we’re taught to see through the eyes of other people instead of our own.

AG I remember my first signs of cellulite, in middle school. I remember telling my mom, “Isn’t it disgusting? It’s so ugly.” She pulled her pants down and said, “Look, I have it, too.” And I was like, “Gasp!” She looked at me, then at it, and just rolled her eyes. She didn’t tell me that it’s beautiful or ugly. She just made it a nonissue. It doesn’t define my worth. If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they’re going to be like, “Who cares!”

TER In high school, I came up with the Jell-O and earthquake test. I’d stomp my foot on the floor while staring, naked, in the mirror so I could watch how long my ass jiggled. If it made me uncomfortable, it meant I had more work to do.

AG I think you have one of the best asses in the industry!

TER Thank you. I never moved into being full-blown anorexic, but that was the sort of tenacious relationship I had with my body growing up. Do you have a mantra you say to yourself when things get tough?

AG Absolutely, I have many. I grew up in a very Christian home, so words have power. I took that with me into every area of my life. If you say, “I’m fat,” that’s how you’re going to feel. If you say, “I’m stupid,” that’s how you’re going to start your day. I wake up sometimes and I feel like the fattest person alive, but I’m not going to let that affect the rest of my day. Say to yourself, “I like this day. I am bold, I am beautiful, and I am brilliant.” For me, that hits the interior, the exterior, and it makes me feel smart.

TER I do the exact same thing! I get clear on what the specific thing is that is frightening me and then I can turn it around into a positive mantra. I keep little white index cards or put it on the home screen of my phone. You want young girls to start with these good thoughts. But I’m 44 and every day is [still] different. How old are you by the way?

AG This year is the big three-oh.

TER I don’t know why people are afraid of getting older. But we should have a conversation about the areas you have to moisturize, and what to do with the armpits as we get older.

AG Should I be moisturizing my armpits?

TER Moisturize them. Talk to them and make sure they should be doing what they’re doing, but do not forget them. Let’s shift gears. How does what’s happening in our country right now connect to your sense of activism and responsibility?

AG I have never had so many political conversations with my girlfriends. If this year has done anything, it’s brought my friendships to a closer level. We’ve been able to get things off our chests and understand things better. We’ve become closer, even just my inner circle. I feel like a lot of American women have gotten closer and tighter and listened to each other more—and been more supportive of each other. It’s not just about the industry we’re in, but the world we’re in. Women have always had a stereotype of being catty or malicious; I think now we’re willing to bring our sisters up and fight for one another. At the end of the day, we just want equality and our rights.

TER It’s a strange time, but I think it’s awakened a lot people. What are your thoughts on social media? You use it as a wonderful tool.

AG I think there are negative attachments to it as far as the face tuning and flawless face and big round butt and tiny waist. It’s like, We get it. But I honestly think social media has been a really great platform for young adults that haven’t been accepted. If nobody in their small town looks like them or is doing the same things as them, they can find people on the Internet.

TER I agree. It’s a way to connect to a like-minded community, but it can obviously go either way. Who are your role models?

AG Growing up, I idolized Beyoncé, J-Lo, and the Spice Girls. I was a mix between Ginger and Scary Spice. I wore the Scary buns and Ginger’s slutty, leopard outfits. Today, I have two role models. One of them is my mom. Just seeing how happy she has been going through [life] and how she’s handled every curveball is like, That’s a women who has integrity and dignity and has been kind and generous to people around her. Business-wise, it’s Kathy Ireland. She’s OG. When she was younger and in Sports Illustrated she was like, I’m going to sell some socks and make a business. Now she has a billion-dollar company. Kathy Ireland, if you’re out there, I’m still trying to be your best friend. You’re on my vision board.

TER Anything you want to say that I didn’t ask about?

AG Buy my book! It’s called A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like and it comes out May 9th.

SEE THE INTERVIEW AND MORE IMAGES HERE:

http://vmagazine.com/article/ashley-graham-tracee-ellis-ross-interview/ 

 

The images made by MARIO SORRENTI show a nude, but very strong and confident Ashley.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: MARIO SORRENTI / STYLING: GEORGE CORTINA

Cellulite, stretch marks or tiger stripes and natural unedited skin never looked better in a magazine before.

Do you agree?

Kind regards

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

 

MET GALA 2017: THE NEW MAKE-UP TREND AND THE DRESS REVIEWS

This year’s Met Gala celebrated the designs of Rei Kawakubo‘s high fashion brand Comme des Garçons. An exhibition from May until September will continue to feature her, sometimes ‘distressed’ and ‘punk’ oriented, designs.

No wonder that some outfits seemed strange for us. To show you what I mean with that, I should present you the worst dressed list.

WORST DRESSED

The worst dressed has been Katie Perry wearing a custom Maison Margiela piece, which was designed by John Galliano. That dress is scary, it reminded me of the Red Wedding from Game of Thrones.  Madonna’s is from Moschino’s designer Jeremy Scott. Scott is famous for his crazy and colourful designs, but Madonna looked rather boring to me in this creation.

Helen Lasichanh, Pharrell Williams wife, and Caroline Kennedy both wore designs by Comme des Garcons. I added them to the worst dressed list, but I think they are less horrible then Katie’s and Madonna’s dresses.

BEST DRESSED

I’m not surprised that she made it to the best dressed list, but Ashley Graham achieved that also because of the great work H & M did on her dress by staying true to her figure.

Zendaya is the second Lady who made it to our best dressed list. She looked like a princess in her colourful dress, which had parrots printed on it. The dress was designed by Dolce & Gabbana.

CUTEST COUPLES

 

Serena Williams attended the gala with her fiancé Alexis Ohanian and Blake Lively with her husband Ryan Reynolds. They both wore Versace, but the reason I had to pick them for the cutest couple list is their happy faces. The only thing that is better than being happy at the beginning of your relationship, is when you are still happy years later.

THE MAKE-UP TREND – PINK HIGHLIGHTER ALL OVER

Even if you don’t believe me yet, you will see in the next days and weeks a lot of images and videos of artists re-creating this look. Rihanna rocked the pink highlighter look amazingly!

Plus, Rihanna is the only star who can make an over-the-top outfit look great. I don’t know how she does it, but I’ve got to tell you I love her for that. She also wore Comme des Garcons.

I know many of you will love the PINK HIGHLIGHTER look, therefore I searched for you for links where you can get them and what I found so far on Instagram to shop for you. I rather think she products she used is from her own Fenty Beauty brand, but those products aren’t available until September.

HERE ARE THE SHOPPING LINKS:

Etsy Fuschia Make-up Search

MAC Cosmetics

Makeup Revolution USA (my favourite selection)

Nars Cosmetics

BeYu Cosmetics Blush + Highlighting Powder

Urban Decay Blush +  Highlighter 

Have fun re-creating her look and don’t be shy. With this look you should go over-the-top like Rihanna.

That was it for our review. You might saw that we didn’t feature Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner or Kendall Jenner this time and the reason is that I didn’t like their outfits at all. None of the top social media models like Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid or the other ones were chosen for this year’s list, because I am getting tired of the nude look in today’s fashion. I find images of women showing cellulite and stretch marks a lot more beautiful.

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

Image Source: Daily Mail

 

25 UNAPOLOGETIC CURVY WOMEN WHO SHOWED THEIR CELLULITE BEFORE KIM KARDASHIAN

The images of Kim Kardashian showing her cellulite are storming social media like crazy. Every day I see these images of her.

Even if the press praises her for her unapologetic attitude about her look, she is not the first one to be brave to show her natural unedited skin to the world. Furthermore, Kim didn’t revolutionise the way we see cellulite, nor did she start a movement as the press tried to point out.

I applaud her for being brave and confident enough to present her natural skin to the world. I’m also happy to see that she joined the body positive movement, but we know it started long before her.

We from Style & Curve Magazine follow this movement for a long time now and we are used to images showing cellulite, stretch marks, thick thighs and belly’s.

Therefore, I picked the most known plus size models and bloggers who were unapologetic about their bodies before Kim Kardashian in the collection below:

 

JOBY BACH

 

ASHLEY GRAHAM

 

ISKRA LAWRENCE

 

TESS HOLLIDAY

 

LOEY LANE

 

LAURA LEE

 

GABIFRESH

 

DENISE BIDOT

 

MISS DIVA KURVES

 

FULLER FIGURE FULLER BUST

 

LAURA BRIOSCHI

 

CRAZY CURVY YOGA

 

CANDICE KELLY

 

GOOFY GINGER

 

ALLISON KIMMEY

 

NON AIRBRUSHED ME

 

DIANA SIROKAI

 

YOURS TRUELY MELLY

 

BODY POSI PANDA

 

JEWELZ JOURNEY

 

BABI MONTEIRO

 

LATEICIA THOMAS

 

CURVYLICIOUS_DK

 

HUNTER MCGRADY

 

MARCIEL HOPKINS

 

All these women and Kim deserve our respect for showing their so-called flaws to the public. I also showed my own cellulite in shootings from the past as you can see in the post below:

Always be unapologetic about your look. I was so insecure as a teen about my #booty, my #thickthights, my #strechmarks and #belly. I tried to cover up as good as possible, but you can't cover up what's meant to #shine! Today I am much more #confident about myself and my #body. I don't mind to show my #naturalskin anymore. I love my body and my personality. I am special and precious in my own way. Now I only feel bad for following the rules of the society, the media, my friends and family for way too long. I am perfect the way I am and the man who loves me, does this cause I am like this! #loveyourself & #loveyourbody! You rule over your life, but trust me you can't do it if you hate yourself or if you try to please others. Please your own wishes for your life first and the people who love you will still follow. Trust me, I know this for sure! Kind regards, @lyzlupo from #styleandcurvemag. 😘 Photo Left – 2016: By @mfg_prophoto with graffiti style #bodypaint by @esoneart_ for @idaremagazine Photo Right – 2015: Done by myself for my blog on www.lyzlupo.com

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WE CURVY WOMEN ARE UNAPOLOGETIC ABOUT OUR BODIES, BECAUSE WE ARE FINALLY ENJOYING THE WAY WE LOOK AND WE ARE FINALLY CONFIDENT ABOUT OURSELFS!

At the end of the day, why should we hide the cellulite when it was meant to shine?

Silvana Denker, German body positive activist, photographer and model, thinks we shouldn’t hide our flaws as she shows in her post:

#wokeuplikethis when I was in Madrid after a short night. #nomakeup #nofilter #nophotoshop And please register the beautiful toilet in the background, it is very important for the message of the picture 😂😂😂😂 I have big thighs, a belly with rolls, I have bumps, stretch marks, dark under-eye circles and I have to wear glasses or contact lenses because I can't see very well and I have scars. That's me, without styling, without any beautiful fashion, not retouched, just me the way I am. My life wasn't always easy, I went through some very hard years but I never gave up and became the person who I am now. I'm proud to be me, proud I never gave up no matter what happened. And my body tells the story of my life, I learned to love my body with all the "flaws", I learned to love myself and now I'm happier than I ever was. Don't hate yourself, life is too short ❤ #bodylove #bodypositive #loveyourself #loveyourbody #spreadlove #nobodyshaming #nobullying #selflove #acceptance #love

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DO YOU ALSO THINK THAT YOU ARE UNAPOLOGETICALLY CONFIDENT EVEN WITH CELLULITE, STRETCH MARKS AND BELLY; THEN SEND US YOUR INSTA POST LINK TO styleandcurve@gmail.com AND WE SHARE IT HERE:

#UNAPOLOGICALLYCONFIDENT #ALLWOMENROCK #ALLSIZESROCK

Kind regards

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

 

 

GLAMOUR WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2016 – ASHLEY GRAHAM

“I’m really trying to make a change in the industry,” she says. “I’m trying to have more quality clothing for curvy women.”

“Be your own woman. Be your own kind of role model. And remember that the women around you are women you can lift up. You can change their lives.” ~ Ashley Graham for Glamour Magazine

Glamour magazine has named curvy supermodel Ashley Graham as one of the ‘Women of the Year 2016.’ See all winners here.

This news is no surprise for me at all. Ashley is making waves every week and sometimes several times a week, she has achieved the superstar status since being on the cover of SI swim. We saw her on the cover of so many fashion magazines, although one in Vogue is still waiting to happen. We saw her at so many events, rocking the red carpet with costume made dresses and she always represents us plus size women in a beautiful way. Ashley has been featured on the covers of Elle QuebecLondon TimesCover MagazineStyle Magazine and The Edit, and has been featured in the Shape Issues of VogueHarper’s BazaarGlamour and Elle UK. She has appeared regularly in several Levi’s, Calvin Klein and Marina Rinaldi campaigns; her list of regular clients includes Nordstrom, H&M, Old Navy, Bloomingdale’s and more. Besides this examplary resume, she also turned into a Designer for lingerie with Addition Elle and for swimsuit with Swimsuitsforall. Although she said many times that she doesn’t want to be labelled as plus size in which I don’t fully agree, I still think that she deserves to be admired as a role model for young women. She has been involved in media controversies ever since her Lane Bryant ad was banned, because it showed a curvy and sexy woman which Ashley is undoubtedly.

Therefore, we use her nomination as ‘Woman of the Year,’ to share our favourite images of her.

 

We from Style & Curve Magazine also created a lot of unwanted online controversy whenever we shared an image of her. The reactions of the fans towards her images go from praising her to shaming her as ‘fat,’ ‘obese,’ ‘unhealthy,’ and the shamers accuse us of ‘promoting obesity.’ All these accusations are pure nonsense and we ignore it, because we know better. Nevertheless, this will not stop us promoting beautiful, sexy, confident and curvy women like Ashley Graham – EVER!

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Editor-In-Chief
Style & Curve Magazine

IS IT A NO-GO FOR ASHLEY GRAHAM TO GET INSPIRED BY OTHER MODELS OR IS IT THE MOST HONEST FORM OF ADMIRATION?

Two days ago we got an email from a person complaining that we promote obesity by sharing an image of Ashley Graham and accused her of copying from other models. Plus, the person went on to say that it’s a no-go to copy other people’s ideas. ‘Are you kidding me?’ Was my first reaction when I saw the pictures in the email. I wanted to delete the email, but I said to myself, “I cannot allow anyone to talk this bad about plus size women,” and although we often get complaints about promoting an unhealthy lifestyle by sharing plus size models, I found the second part more interesting to discuss this time.

RIHANNA VS LACHAPELLE – copyright infringement lawsuit

I remembered when Rihanna was getting sued by Dave LaChapelle over her video for S&M a few years ago, because he accused her of copying from his photographs. Here is an article comparing LaChapelle’s photography with Rihanna’s video: Rihanna VS LaChapelle: Can You Spot The Difference?

Since a resemblance can’t be denied, he filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against her. This case never went to court, because they made an agreement so it didn’t escalate further. But since it is a good example to show you the legal side of this topic, here is the definition of it according to Wikipedia:

‘Copyright infringement is the use of works protected by copyright law without permission, infringing certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or to make derivative works. The copyright holder is typically the work’s creator, or a publisher or other business to whom copyright has been assigned. Copyright holders routinely invoke legal and technological measures to prevent and penalize copyright infringement.’

As someone working for a lawyer’s office who also handles copyright cases, this made me think a lot. I don’t know what kind of problem this person has with Ashley Graham, but I myself can say that I don’t agree with it at all. Furthermore, I will explain why it’s not wrong to do so.

ASHLEY GRAHAM VS OTHER MODELS – Can you spot the difference?

The person sent us some pictures as an example. My reaction mentioned above was when I realized that some of the pictures look similar. We got pictures of Ashley put together with other pictures from the models Candice Huffine and Joby Bach.

Judge for yourself, can you spot a difference?

Some of the images were put together by us, because the pictures send by email were too blurry. Furthermore, we checked all images and the ones on the left where all published first.

Analysis

Some pictures show a certain resemblance, while others could be the result of a coincidence. The position of the arms in picture 2 and 4 look like coincidences for me, because I know many models who do the same arm poses. Picture 11 is also a coincidence, because Ashley was not the only SI swim model who wore a black bathing suit with her name on – See here a picture of Bo Krsmanovic. This means that SI swim made the design for this one and not Ashley herself.

On the other hand, the other pictures have a even bigger resemblance with each other regarding the pose and the outfit. A picture is a 100 % copy when there is a similarity regarding ‘the idea, the conception, the design, and the execution as well‘. So what do you think, did Ashley copy the shooting ideas from other models?

IS IT A NO-GO TO GET INSPIRED BY OTHER MODELS OR IS IT A FORM OF ADMIRATION?

This leads me to my final comment towards the person who send us the email below:

‘I don’t know who you are, since it looks like you wrote to us from a fake email account. I also don’t know why you had to accuse us of promoting obesity by sharing plus size models, but I know that you must be having a lot of problems with yourself if you think the women above are obese. Furthermore, I don’t think it’s bad to use the images of other models as inspiration. I myself did it, although in the end there was never a resemblance. The reason for it were the photographers. This leads me to the point that models usually follow the instructions of the photographers for a shooting, which could be the reason why some images look more alike than others. Plus, not every model can bring her own clothes for the shootings which means that some of the styles may also look similar in the end. Then we should not forget the stylists, the creative art directors and the brands themselves, they are all involved in a shooting. To repeat the point about the arms from the section above, all models copy the arm poses. There is not much else you can do other than replicate the same poses from time to time. Let’s face it, many ideas have to be copied, because there are so many amazing shootings happening every day. Coming up with a brand new shooting idea is difficult. For me, getting inspired by other models is not a no-go at all, it is my most honest form of admiration, and taking the works of other amazing models should make those models proud and confident — Especially if it is such a beautiful and successful model like Ashley Graham. I think you can’t be a model yourself, because a model would know that it’s ok to get inspired by other people’s work, plus, if Dave LaChapelle didn’t only had his business in mind, I’m sure he would have also been proud of Rihanna admiring his work.’ ~ Style & Curve Magazine

This is all we have to say about this topic. We see many shooting pictures daily, and we also see resemblances between them, but it is not only one model who uses other models for their inspiration. We can see that many of them do this. Should all models sue each other over shooting ideas? I think not, because the plus size movement will end immediately. This is not what should happen, instead we should all be proud of other amazing models that use each other for their inspiration. This is also what Joby Bach thinks as you can see in her recent Instagram post below:

Thank you @TheAshleyGraham for taking My picture as Inspiration !!!

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We don’t know what Candice Huffine or Gigi Hadid think of being the inspiration for Ashley Graham, but we are sure they also like it.

ADRESSING THE REACTIONS

Right now this article was shared on facebook over 1,4k times and we think that we have to adress the reactions to it.

  1. We don’t want to criticize Ashley at all. We just thought that it might be a good idea to talk about this subject, after receiving the email mentioned above. We chosed to write about this, because we love the images of Ashley and what she achieved so far. We wouldn’t share her if we didn’t like her.
  2. Questions about Posing: It is not a crime to copy poses, unless we talk here about an image with a special pose that became a trademark or a pose that became iconic. Two famous cases regarding copyright infringement about special poses are the case Desmond Howard vs a photographer about the iconic ‘Heisman’ pose, which was solved through an agreement (READ HERE); and the case when Nike was sued by a photographer over the Michael Jordan Jumpman Logo, which was dismissed in court although it showed a lot of resemblance. See pictures HERE. Eventually, it is OK to copy poses and as you can see in the Nike case, the judge dismissed the case although there is a lot of similarity. Dave LaChapelle was, in fact, very lucky that he achieved an agreement with Rihanna before it went to court, because a judge would have dismissed his case anyway. So, you don’t have to worry about anything.
  3. Factor Photographer, Stylist, Art Director and Brand: They have a lot to say, because they make the shooting. The final poses and shooting ideas are mostly created by them. A model only has to follow their instructions in the end. So, if they choose to copy certain poses and shooting ideas, then only because they think it will be good in the end.
  4. Final comment to the reactions, it is not our fault if models like Ashley Graham have haters. We have them too. Therefore, we wanted to write this article to make clear that even if you take other people’s work as your inspiration, you will not have to fear getting sued. We wanted to make clear that we should regard this as a compliment and that we should continue to support each other.

We would like to end this article with a quote of Charles Caleb Colton: ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’

Kind regards,

Style & Curve Magazine

KENDALL JENNER THE NEW SUPERMODEL – IS VOGUE IN SUCH A BIG NEED OF MONEY? AND WHY DON’T THEY SHOW PLUS MODELS?

Seven days ago Vogue magazine announced to publish a special edition about Kendall Jenner, and only about Kendall!

If the world’s most successful fashion magazine decides to praise one certain model in a whole issue, then this only means that she is the top model of the world. The last time models were praised this much was during the supermodel era. So for Ana Wintour, Kendall Jenner is today’s SUPERMODEL. But is this only due to her 68 Million followers across her social media pages?

Vogue even published this article written by Robert Sullivan: “How Kendall Jenner Stays Grounded With 68 Million Followers and Counting” – below are some quotes from it which I want to discuss:

She is a very sweet person,” Karl Lagerfeld says. “Very caring and not at all spoiled by those superficial successes. I must say I love her.”

Kors said. “She’s sophisticated but laid-back. She’s both. She’s chic. She’s the Ali MacGraw for the Instagram generation. I remember when Ali first hit in Love Story, every girl in the world wanted to wear her hat. Kendall is Ali times a zillion.”

Last year, Estée Lauder launched a Kendall Jenner–inspired red-orange lipstick called Restless. “It was the number-one most successful lipstick on our Web site,” said Jane Hertzmark Hudis, group president of the Estée Lauder Companies.

“Her social-media reach is just incredible,” says Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein.

Kendall talking about good posts for Instagram: …“it has to be organic.”…“You don’t want to do too many posts,” she said. “You want to leave them wanting to come back.” She summed up this secret in one word. “Mystery!”

…first I should say what’s organic about her. She works hard when she’s with a photographer (see the way she locks on the lens), she is very concerned with punctuality (“I’m on time—I got that from my dad,” she says)

When I asked her to define an organic post, she said, “It means you can’t totally plan it out.”

Remember: In the world we live in today, being a celebrity is itself a business—with places to be, posts to make, people to meet. In the old days, a company wanted a celebrity on its side because she related to its image, what we now call its brand. Today, someone like Kendall is a brand. And companies don’t just want an association; they want her followers. It’s gone from a sleepover to a marriage.

“I’m aware of the incredible opportunity I’ve been given by coming into this business,” she texted me later. “I mean, I’ve dreamed of being a part of this my whole life.”

Read the reactions below to the special issue news and to the many posts about Kendall on their Facebook page; comments are not chronological order:

‘When did vouge become all about the kardashians I thought vouge was all about style and haute couture fashion

Kate Moss is a supermodel, Cindy, Claudia, Naomi and Linda are supermodels!!!! Kendall Jenner is NOT a supermodel, you’d think being a fashion magazine, you’d know

Why?!!!! There are so many talented models that deserve it

Glad to see that money can still buy you your career

Seriously stop about this posts about Jenner. Oh wait, you’re receiving money so you can say she’s a supermodel of our time. You’re trash vogue. I lost respect.

Unfollowing as of now. We don’t need another rag following this hideous family about and reporting on their every bowel movement. I thought Vogue was about fashion. Not anymore obviously.

When did Vogue become the crappy version of TMZ?? No news on fashion just news on what the Kardashians et al are doing. RIP Vogue.

Answer: When Ana decided to put celebrities on the cover instead of Models. Thanks Ana!

lmao no way she’s a supermodel, she’s just rich have you seen her catwalk? its horrendous.

Anyone one with that much money Can be super model right!?

Whoopdy damn doo. How about photos of normal women with real jobs having a sleepover in Chanel Couture? Bored of seeing the same children over and over.

Vogue is supposed to be the fashion leader not the sheep!!

What I do find disappointing is that @vogue doesn’t actually reply to any of the comments their readers are posting – and that’s not just bad manners, it’s bad PR.

Coco Chanel is rolling in her grave.

Vogue needs her followers. What happened Vogue? It is supposed to be starlets need vogue, not the other way around.

From trend-setter to trend-follower.’

 

It is obvious that the fans do not like Kendall or the Kardashian’s at all, but that doesn’t bother the magazine. Anna Wintour voiced in November 2014 about the cover of Kim Kardashian:

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“If we just remain deeply tasteful and just put deeply tasteful people on the cover, it would be a rather boring magazine! Nobody would talk about us. It’s very important that people do talk about us.”

 

My Conclusion:

I still don’t know what to think of Kendall Jenner as the new supermodel. She got famous through her family’s show, prompting herself to become a model. She learned everything she needs to become a successful model; changing her image from a spoilt child to a nice, hard-working and girl-next-door figure. But she can never get rid of the ‘Kardashian effigy’. That image helped her get her 68 Million followers. She was a star before she started to model, yet she is the first supermodel hated by many people. The hate and envy she receives is the motor of her career, and I cannot remember any supermodel throughout history who has managed to become more successful from the envy people have towards her. We follow her on Instagram to follow her super-rich lifestyle and her newest model pictures make us become speechless. Surely she is a great model, but to me it is not enough to be the best only because of the millions of followers. However, Vogue thinks differently about this: ‘In the world we live in today, being a celebrity is itself a business—with places to be, posts to make, people to meet. In the old days, a company wanted a celebrity on its side because she related to its image, what we now call its brand. Today, someone like Kendall is a brand. And companies don’t just want an association; they want her followers. It’s gone from a sleepover to a marriage.’ Furthermore,  here is what you need as the future supermodel:

  1. MILLIONS OF FOLLOWERS – All you need is a high number of people who follow you. How you manage that doesn’t matter at all; you can even buy the likes. If you are in a TV show then it’s even better, because more people will get to know you. Then you just need to get yourself in a scandal, or in a controversy where more people will follow you ‘organically’ (meaning, you don’t need to buy the likes).
  2. To become a BRAND – You are already on TV, you already created a controversy about your person; one doesn’t know if they should hate or love you. Well done, this is the best place to ask companies to promote them on your page. And yes, you can ask for money from every simple Instagram promotion, for instance, Kendall’s sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian recently got sued by a company who invested 10 Million in their struggling Kardashian Beauty Brand: ‘As we previously reported, the Kardashians originally partnered up with a company called Boldface in 2012, launching a makeup line called “Khroma Beauty.” Problem was … a year later, a judge blocked the company from using the name “Khroma.” The girls changed the name to “Kardashian Beauty,” but Boldface started tanking. Hillair Capital Management was then buying out Boldface and sinking $10 mil into the business. Hillair now claims the Kardashian girls didn’t hold up their end of the bargain by blasting out the virtues of “Kardashian Beauty” to their millions of followers.  Hillair wants its $10 mil back plus what they would have made … up to $180 mil.’: http://www.tmz.com/2016/03/21/kim-khloe-kourtney-kardashian-sued-beauty-company/#ixzz44K3kbzLs THIS MEANS THAT THE SISTERS WOULD HAVE EARNED UP TO 180 MILLION BY SIMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTINGS.
  3. Become an ENTREPRENEUR – Once you have millions of followers and you become your own brand, all you need to do is make more money and to become better in what you do. This is what Kendall did, and even if she is just 20 years old, she is already on top, due to her 68 million followers and her disciplined work ethic. Her good looks also helped her.

Welcome to the new model world, where you can only become a supermodel if you have many people follow you on Instagram, and Vogue supports this, because if they didn’t create a controversy then less people would talk about them. I wonder if Vogue magazine thought that they didn’t have enough important material to publish that they needed the Kardashian/Jenner clan to guarantee sales. It looks like there are no other interesting or controversial topics anymore.

HOW ABOUT ADDING SOME PLUS MODELS TO THE FASHION SCENE? Big CONTROVERSY!!!!!! I know you guys from Vogue Magazine only want to consider what could potentially make you money. And regarding the plus models, you don’t need to think about the numbers of their followers. These ladies have a whole plus size community following them, which can beat the whole Kardashian/Jenner clan fans. Why aren’t you considering putting a plus model on the cover? I am not talking about Ashley Graham or Tess Holliday here, I am talking of more likeable models such as Danielle van Grondelle: ‘Danielle started at the age of 14 in the modeling industry as a straightsized model before breaking out into the plus modeling industry and becoming Holland’s first curvy topmodel. Danielle has been immersed in the world of fashion non-stop, studying fashion design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands. The first Dutch plus size model to walk the New York Fashion week, and has worked all over the world for magazines like Avantgarde,Vogue, Cosmopolitan and many more. A champion of body positivity, confidence, and self-image from day 1, Danielle has been speaking across media outlets on the subject of not being your own worst critic and embracing your own true beauty.’ Danielle is a beautiful and an incomparably curvy model. See our gallery of her below:

What do we need in the fashion industry, more news from the Kardashian/Jenner clan, or do we need some ground-breaking news by making a plus model like Danielle von Grondelle or another plus model the cover of Vogue?

Danielle would be a great match for the first plus model on the cover of Vogue Magazine. Does anyone else agree?

Kind regards,

LYZ LUPO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LYZ LUPO: #DROPTHEPLUS VS #KEEPTHEPLUS – THE ONLY THING THAT HAS TO BE CHANGED IS THE STIGMA ON THE LABEL ‘PLUS SIZE’!

Today is the 15th of March 2016, and it’s the sad moment where I had to realize that my beloved Plus Size Community is about to split into two different branches. I don’t know what to do anymore. This is my first personal post as the editor-in-chief of Style & Curve. The recent incidents inspired me to write this, but let’s start the story from the beginning.

  1. The Problem

‘I think the word “plus-sized” is totally outdated….I don’t want to be called a label, I want to be called a model.’ ~ Ashley Graham

This is one of the statements that Ashley Graham gave a few days ago during SXSW panel and the most provocative one. I feel hurt and dissapointed, not by the intention behind those words, but by the way they were expressed.

A few days ago I saw the pictures from Ashley’s shooting with the Cosmopolitan, and in this interview she practically said the same thing again. See picture below:

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This statement shows that she supports the #DROPTHEPLUS movement. And not only that, she and 4 other ‘PLUS SIZE’ models created their own charitable movement called Alda. See below what this project is all about:

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So their intentions are good. Additionally, see the quote below:

The fashion industry is in the middle of an acceptance revolution. Models of all shapes, sizes, and gender identities aren’t just being acknowledged, but celebrated. At the forefront of this revolution is 28-year-old model Ashley Graham, whose TED Talk went viral this year, and a collective of models calling themselves ALDA, working tirelessly to promote self-love, health, and confidence. ~ Yahoo Style

I am totally for an acceptance of all sizes in the mainstream fashion industry, but their wish to keep out any labels and to remove the term ‘PLUS SIZE’ is nothing that I can support. Their idea is similar to the proposition of the #DROPTHEPLUS campaign.

Last year in February the hashtag #DROPTHEPLUS was all over the news after ‘PLUS SIZE’ model Stefania Ferrario, shared a picture of herself where she refers to herself only as a ‘model’:

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She created then the page named #DROPTHEPLUS and added this information about what it’s all about:

“The media regularly publishes photos of models and emphasises that they are “plus sized models”. Why are they not referred to simply as “models”?“Plus” implies bigger than “normal”.  Any model above US size 4 is considered a “plus sized” model. The average American woman is US size 14. Mixed with all the other body image pressures facing women, the implication that most women are “plus sized”, not “normal” is very dangerous to women and society. The origins of the term “plus size” hints at its outdatedness. It arose in the 1920s to describe the clothes that did not meet the decade’s notorious, slender body ideals. It’s a great step forward that models in the current “plus sized” category are now being used by major fashion labels, but it’s a step backwards to have them constantly referred to as “plus sized”. When the major labels first started using these models, perhaps the “plus sized” term played a positive role in alerting the public to this important change. But it’s now time for complete acceptance, it’s time to drop the label. They’re all “models”, no matter what shape or size. The fashion industry is one of the world’s most influential industries on women. To be labelling a size range “plus”, that actually encompasses the majority of women in the world, is not only harmful, it’s absurd! If something in an industry is causing damage to people, then it needs to be reformed. #droptheplus is a part of a much bigger movement to reform the hyper-influential fashion industry. Italy, Spain and Israel adopted laws in 2013 to prevent the industry from using models with an excessively low Body Mass Index (BMI) and France is currently in the process of bringing in the same laws. Things are beginning to change for the better.”

After this photo was released, a heated online discussion erupted. Suddenly, everyone wanted the term ‘PLUS SIZE’ to be removed. I can understand why they said it, but it was almost getting too much for me. I prepared a post about it for Style & Curve, but then I didn’t publish it because there was too much of a fiery discussion about this topic. I felt that I should rather stay quiet, before I say something wrong. However, people discussed about replacing ‘PLUS SIZE’ with the term ‘CURVY’, in which I didn’t mind this being used. In my view, ‘CURVY’ is more unifying. I already used curvy regularly and I still kept using ‘PLUS SIZE’, but the discussion began to cool down. Only until Ashley Graham said it on the Ellen Show that she doesn’t like the term ‘PLUS SIZE’ on February 24, 2016. See the video below:

Watching this video, I thought to myself: “Ashley, why are you proud to be the first ‘PLUS SIZE’ model featured in SI, but still not happy with the term ‘PLUS SIZE’ in general?” And many other people had the same thoughts as me, and here comes their reaction.

  1. The Reaction

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Madeline Figero-Jones & Ashley Graham during the Fashion Night Out by Lane Bryant n September 6th, 2016. Photo by dezignintervention.blog.com

Madeline Figueroa Jones the editor-in-chief of PLUS Model Mag shared the picture of Ashley from the Cosmopolitan shooting a few days ago and said this about the quote: ‘Wow Ashley Graham really? This is a big generalization. Maybe it’s not to your liking but many of us embrace the term plus-size. This is not how we fix the situation; this is how we add fuel to there. smh!!!!’– and here is another one of her comments: ‘We can agree to disagree. The fact is that the term PLUS SIZE is a fashion industry term. When there were no bloggers, magazines and limited clothing companies to offer us clothing WE (the plus size women) used our voice to demand for more. The reason why the industry is where it is, is because we found our pride and created our OWN fashion week Full Figured Fashion Week ™ (New York, Los Angeles and Canada) , our own magazines and get inspiration from plus size bloggers. We adopted this label because we were invisible in the fashion industry. Many of us embrace it and wear it as a badge of honour because we have come from the darkness and are being seen.’ 

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Furthermore, blogger Phat Girl Fresh had to say this about the article quote: ‘I am totally against dropping the plus. To me dropping the plus is an indicator that there is something wrong with the term and that is far from the truth. Yes, we are all women and that is the most important thing however, we are different and we belong to different communities and those communities need to be acknowledged for several reasons. One being that it connects us to one another and that is a vital part of our growth. Another reason is that allows us to be empowered and empower one another.  Curvy, thick, sexylicious and whatever else you want to call yourself should be housed under the community you belong to. Every plus size woman is not curvy, there is a difference between thick and fat.  I really think that statement like this set us back a bit because it divides the community and takes our attention away from more important topics. I also think that it disconnects you from people who look up to you and support you brand.
Just my 2 cent (more like a dollar).’

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Pin-Up Model Bianca Bombshell wrote this: .I think there is just an association to the word Plus Size and Fat, and Fat is such a taboo word…that it is almost like some girls are ashamed to be in that category. I think that if you can be proud to say…sure, yeah…I am Plus Size (according to the current standard) and being able to own that label….will help people stop labelling people… we have to own it, be proud of it.’

Jamal Milligan from Jersey City, New Jersey said this: ‘Here’s how I truly feel about it. Maybe I’m a guy and I have no absolute clue on how fashion industries or society work. The term “Plus Size” isn’t a label at all. It’s what is part of us. People, mainly women, been breaking glass cielings for decades, of trying to show that bigger sizes are beautiful, especially when we live in a world that has alot of history and present of discrimination, by gender, sexual orientation, skin color, religion and even size. None of these type of discriminations are exactly the same thing, however, there are so much suffering to breakthroughs that makes have the types of appearances, lifestyles so powerful. What Ashley or Raven Symone said about being “not labeled” is just ignorant and disrespectful to those who fought for them and gave them opportunity to be successful because of them breaking glass cielings of their appearances that they are discriminated for.’

A plus model also responded saying: ‘Well that was a huge slap in the face!! The PLUS SIZE industry has helped shape her career and has provided her with yearssss of support. A shame. Smh’

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Blogger Estrella Fashion Report only had this to say: ‘#PROUDTOBEPLUS’

I can understand that #DROPTHEPLUS movement doesn’t want ‘PLUS SIZE’ to be excluded. I want that too. So, just dropping the ‘PLUS SIZE’ and being left with the problem on how to name all the different sizes is not the solution. I don’t see why Ashley also wants to get rid of the term ‘PLUS SIZE’. She started as a ‘PLUS SIZE’ model and she gets booked as a ‘PLUS SIZE’ model. For the ‘PLUS SIZE’ community her comments feel like a slap in the face, equally for me. The more I hear her saying the same things on and on again, the more I feel insulted. It seems so wrong to hear her saying these words, after she was the lead model in the #PLUSISEQUAL commercial and after being praised for her wonderful achievements as a ‘PLUS SIZE’ model. Therefore, I can totally understand the concerns of the ‘PLUS SIZE’ community regarding #DROPTHEPLUS movement including why they want to #KEEPTHEPLUS. As Madeline said, when no one wanted to promote ‘PLUS SIZE’ fashion the community created their own events. And those events are still very relevant. That’s why we need to #KEEPTHEPLUS alive.

  1. My Solution Proposal

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ~ Wayne Dyer

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What we have going on in the USA is mainly a split between two branches of a movement in two different ways. With Ashley Graham achieving all those amazing things that seemed impossible for ‘PLUS SIZE’ models in the past, now looks as if the movement has reached it’s peak (P.S. It’s only the start and hasn’t reached it’s peak). On one side are the successful models who suddenly don’t want to be labelled ‘PLUS SIZE’ anymore. And on the other side we have the passionate followers, supporters and the creators of the ‘PLUS SIZE’ movement. So let’s face it, the models didn’t make the movement. It started with women like Gwen DeVoe (creator of the #fffweek) and Madeline Figueroa Jones (creator of #PlusModelMag). They are the creators of the ideas that got us into this big international movement.

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Gwen DeVoe (left) and Madeline Figueroa Jones (right)

Moreover, how can we still manage to overcome the segregation from the straight size fashion? Maybe I’m being too positive right now, but how about asking to #ADDTHEPLUS or #INCLUDETHEPLUS? I don’t see any reason to remove a word that has a positive meaning for so many women out there. Why do we need to ask for a change by pushing people away from us? Why can’t we try to unite the different fashion industry sections instead of laying bricks? Is that so difficult? We should suggest a peaceful transition instead of demanding constantly something that will be negative for all of us. The bigger the ‘PLUS SIZE’ events become, the more the straight size fashion section will be happy to work with ‘PLUS SIZE’ brands. The better the ‘PLUS SIZE’ models become, the more models achieve what Ashley did and she has no monopole in this. Our enemies are not the straight size brands; our enemies are not the thin models. The one who wants to exclude is the media. If you look at the audience during a big fashion week event, most people are average size and some are even ‘PLUS SIZE’. They are there because they love what we love: fashion. Sure you have to accept that the designers use mainly straight size models, but my plan in the future is to get them to also use ‘PLUS SIZE’ models. You think that is impossible? It is not if we correct the stigma of the label ‘PLUS SIZE’. ‘PLUS SIZE’ doesn’t mean automatically fat and lazy. Many ‘PLUS SIZE’ women are very active and eat healthier than thinner women. And why is that? Because ‘PLUS SIZE’ women are the ones who have the constant pressure to lose weight. We are getting this told by the media, by our family, by our friends and mostly by our doctors if we go to them. But the truth is, we are all active. Many of us know all the details about diets and some of us are well informed. What hasn’t been widely addressed is that we might have sicknesses that make it harder for us to lose the weight. We all have the right to exist in the way we want to, as long as we hurt no one. So, I can understand why some are #PROUDTOBEPLUS. I can also understand if some models don’t like to be labelled, but I cannot respect an agenda that is going to destroy my beloved ‘PLUS SIZE’ movement. To me all human beings are created equal. I want unity and not segregation!

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Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

 

 

Ashley Graham an official Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model for 2016

When dreams come true! I can only imagine how happy Ashley Graham will be feeling right now. She just announced a hour ago that she will be an official Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model for this year. She will be in the selection for Rookie of the Year 2016 and yes, we can all vote for her to help her win this award. At the moment you can only see the models from 2015, if the voting is online we will share with you the link.

It is amazing to see all the things Ashley Graham achieves in her career. Although she was only included in the Sports Illustrated magazine as a commercial for Swimsuits For All, for us she is still the FIRST curvy model to be seen in this magazine.

At least this year she can also become an official model for it.

See also this video of her intruduction by SI:

 

ASHLEY GRAHAM TAKES OFF WITH HER NEW COLLECTION

Since it’s January and every brand releases pics of their new collection, we can’t forget to check what Ashley Graham has to offer us this year regarding her lingerie. Like every year Ashley teams up with Addition Elle to do her own collcetion. This year the theme of the promo shoot was done in a private yet with Ashley being surrounded by two goodlooking men and a cat. I think it’s a bengal cat, but don’t complian if I am wrong. The cat looks cute anyway so I love the idea behind this shoot. It should make clear that after her successful year 2015 she is expecting the year 2016 to be even more successful. Well, I will just wait and share with you what happend.

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The motte of the new collection is ‘SEXY IS A STATE OF MIND’ and with the new promo you can see that a plus size woman can also be sexy where ever she is. I like the idea of shooting in an airplane, because as a successful model herself she also must be traveling around most of the time.

The new collection will be available here soon. It is not out yet, but we can already enjoy the shooting pictures.

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All pictures found here.

Watch the fullpromo video:

Have a nice day and always remember to love yourself and to love your body.

Lyz Lupo

ASHLEY GRAHAM IN THE 30 UNDER 30 LIST BY FORBES MAGAZINE

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Ashley Graham “is the most influential plus size model of our time, her beauty and grace will surpass even our generation.” says our contributor Country Bombshell for her special posts on #StyleAndCurveSexy day on our facebook page.Ashley Graham really had a very successful year last year and 2016 seems to start even better. See also here our review of 2015.

Ashley was included by Forbes Magazine in the 30 Under 30 List: “From an initial screening list of more than 15,000 of the best of the best, the 600 women and men featured in the Forbes fifth annual 30 Under 30 are America’s most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars. Name a business sector, social issue or essential institution, they are taking it on and changing the rules of the game– or creating entirely new playbooks.” see full aritcle here.

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Now you don’t become this successful just by modeling alone. She became famous as a sexy lingerie model with a banned commercial. Instead of refusing this image she embraced it. She created her own lingerie collection with Addition Elle, which is now very successful. She keeps working with other big plus size labels and she is a model who has her own opinion and who says it also in talk shows. I can understand that this mixture of beauty and brains made her so successful.

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See videos below:

I hope you enjoyed the videos and always remember to love yourself and love your body.

Lyz Lupo

2015 WAS A ROCKING YEAR FOR THE CURVY REVOLUTION, BUT 2016 WILL BE MORE SUCCESSFUL!

The year 2015 was already a great year for curvy women. So many things happend that we never thought were possible a few years ago. But they happened and they changed important things regarding the perception of curvy women.

FIRST LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN 2015:

ASHLEY PART 1 – ASHLEY GRAHAM WAS THE FIRST PLUS SIZE MODEL TO BE FEATURED IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Ashley Graham said about this achievement:

‘I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too.

‘There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt. The world is ready for more curves in bikinis.

‘Swimsuitsforall helps women feel confident and sexy in swimsuits and I am so thrilled to be a part of the Curves in Bikinis campaign!’ ~Daily Mail

Even though Ashley was only seen on an advert in the magazine and her fellow model Robyn Lawley became the first official curvy model to work for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, for me her breackthrough is more important since she is bigger than Robyn.

ASHLEY PART 2 – ASHLEY GRAHAM COLLECTION ON THE NEW YORK FASHION WEEK FOR ADDITION ELLE

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Ashley Graham has since a few years her own collection with Addition Elle and in the year 2015 she appeared with this collection also at the New York Fashion Week:

Now some people might hint out that this is not high fashion and these things don’t belong to the New York Fashion Week. I disagree! Every company that can pay the price of being part of the NY Fashion Week has to gain our respect for that, because it is a really expensive investment. And they would not be the only company making an overpriced show just to sell later “cheap” clothes. Just think about the money Victoria Secret spends on their show each year. The most expensive item on the show is only a bra with diamonds on it. The other lingerie is actually very cheap – just look at their website: https://www.victoriassecret.com/.

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Let’s face it, Ashley Graham is the TOP CURVY MODEL of our time! She was already in the news with her first lingerie advertisement years ago, which was banned later. And she will always be in the news with any new campaign or collection she is doing, because she works with the right companies who know you need a message to sell your products. Lane Bryant is one of these great companies who had two important campaigns running to increase the media attention for plus size women. With these campaigns all the big magazines wrote about her, even the Vogue Magazine.

TESS HOLLIDAY GETTING SIGNED BY MILK MODEL MANAGEMENT AND APPEARING IN PEOPLE MAGAZINE

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This news was, for a model like me, just great to read. Tess Holliday is as tall as I am with almost the same size and she still got signed by Milk Model Management Agency. Robyn Lawley is also under this UK agency. So she is in good company! Tess is the plus model with the most likes on all social media pages, because she is not scared to be controversial. She might get bullied a lot, but this is what helped her to succeed!

#BEACHBODYNOTSORRY WITH DENISE BIDOT FOR SWIMSUITSFORALL

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After the #CURVESINABIKINI campaign with Ashley Graham, Swimsuits For All decided to make another campaign called #BEACHBODYNOTSORRY. They choosed for this curvy model Denise Bidot and showed a promo of her without any editing of the skin. They showed her natural body. We have to accept that every curvy body has flaws like cellulitis. But this doesn’t mean that a model like Denise is less good. She has proved for many years that she is a great model!

“There is no wrong way to be a woman” ~ Denise Bidot

See here our former post about the campaign here. And here is our album on facebook of fans supporting the campaign.

ASHLEY NELL TIPTON WINS PROJECT RUNWAY

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How cool was it to see plus size models walking at the New York Fashion Week for the Project Runway show. But it got even better, because plus size designer Ashley Nell Tipton even won in the end.

“It’s nice to see how much the mainstream fashion community has been so accepting of it,” ….”It’s very exciting to see that folks finally want to make plus-size mainstream.”~Skorch Magazine and People Magazine

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Ⓒ Ashley Nell Tipton

I was happy to see curve models I know, like Liris Crosse, Danielle van Grondelle, Chloe Marshall and Lornalitz Baez, walking the stage.

See all the pics here.

ADELE COMEBACK AND HER COVER ON THE TIME MAGAZINE

Adele had her comeback finally after all those years of being outside the public. Adele does not only have one of the best voices from the UK, but she is also already a plus size celebrity icon and I was so happy to see that she is back. Her song “HELLO” is still everywhere in the news and I know some of you can’t even hear it anymore. Well, I don’t care. Her album was breaking selling records already in the first week.  She even managed to get her first Time Magazine cover, so her comeback is a huge success after all.

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GREAT THINGS THAT ALREADY HAPPENED IN 2015 BUT THAT WILL ALSO EFFECT 2016:

AMY SCHUMER AND SERENA WILLIAMS FEATURED IN THE PIRELLI CALENDAR

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How cool was the decision of Pirelli to do something new for their calendar 2016. They choosed not to feature models as usuall. This time they choosed to feature the most inspiring women of the world. Women of all ages and races like comedian Amy Schumer, athlete Serena Williams, artist Yoko Ono, model and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, actress Yao Chen who has over 70 Million followers on her chinese website. They all got photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

I loved the most that they showed the women in a natural and rather simple photographic way to show their natural personality. Especially the picture of Amy Schumer is ground-breacking in the fashion world. For so many years we are used to photoshop all flaws of women. And even women who didn’t like their body wanted to get photoshopped. But Amy Schumer didn’t mind to show her natural stomach. It only shows that it is all natural to have a stomach nowadays. Watch also the Behind the Scene video:

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN CASTS CURVY MODEL CLEMENTINE DESSEAUX

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Now a lot of great things happened already this year for curvy models, but having a model Clementine Desseaux as the face of the beauty range Rouge Louboutin by Christian Louboutin is almost ground-breacking. Critics said that it doesn’t matter if she became the face of the lipstick promo, because she only has to feature her face not her body. But I have to say that it is a great achievement for a curvy model. Clementine’s unique look with her curves and her freckles symbolizes in a perfect way natural beauty. And even if she doesn’t show her curves in this spot you can still see a face of a size 14 model and not a size 0 model. I think that Christian Louboutin made the most perfect choice to have her as the rolemodel for his beauty brand.

Order your own Rouge here.

BETH DITTO DESIGNS HER FIRST PLUS SIZE CLOTHING LINE WITH JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

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Just before the year 2015 was over the next amazing headline appeared. And I thought it can’t get any better. I am glad that I was wrong. Beth Ditto announced that she will bring out her own first plus size collection in co-operation with Jean Paul Gaultier. Now we already know that Jean Paul loves all women, no matter what size or age they have since even our curvy idol Velvet D’Amour was walking for him years ago.

But making a collection with Beth Ditto clearly is an amazing thing. The design they choosed is a t-shirt collection with the famous corset by Jean Paul Gaultier worn by Madonna – like in this link.

Sure the big t-shirt might not be figure-enhancing, but you can still  ake it more tight in the back. Overall I must say the idea is great, funny and has a great fashion rock style. I would surely want to wear it!

GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN GERMANY FOR 2016:

SILVANA DENKER’S #BODYLOVE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES AND GOES INTERNATIONAL

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We already asked you to support the #BODYLOVE campaign by Silvana Denker. And the reason for this is that she needs to finance her trips all by herself. To make Silvana’s dream come true to go international show your support here.

Her campaign got international attention by the media already. This shows how much people want to see natural women. Therefore I am sure with our support she will change the minds of the people worldwide. And we totally want to see more news of #bodylove like in the collection below.

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CURVY FASHION FAIR STARS THE YEAR 2016 WITH NEW FEATURES

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The Curvy Fashion Fair Berlin always takes place during the Fashion Week Berlin. I also attented the fair two years ago, because it offeres you to get to know many plus size brands directly at the event. The Curvy Fashion Fair is an established internation curvy fashion 3-days event, that advaces constantly.

So, if you want to get to know the people behind all the top selling plus size fashion brands, then you need to attend the event also. This year the fair even features 14 new brands and it also has a curvy young designer startup show during the event. To find out more about the event follow this link.

PLUS SIZE FASHION DAYS SHOW AND AWARDS 2016

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Plus Size Fashion Days already had a special award ceremony during the show in 2015. And I think it is a great idea to award the best blogger, the best fashion brand and the best plus size model national and international.

The show developed from a idea by CEO and Founder Tanja Marfo 3 years ago. I attented every show since then. I can tell you it got better every year. Therefore I am excited to see how much better it will become in 2016.

CONCLUSION

All the headlines from last year show that the fashion world finally recognizes plus size women as an important target. We are new hip and trendy, so either you follow us or use us for your promotion or you will be regarded as old-fashioned. And no teen likes old-fashioned stuff. The future for curvy women is bright and I am sure more brands will understand this in the near future!

Have a good time and always remember to love your body and love yourself,

Lyz Lupo

 

STYLE & CURVE SUPPORTS THE #BEACHBODYNOTSORRY CAMPAIGN BY SWIMSUITSFORALL

I shared on Style & Curve the newest post of blogger Lu zieht an, where she tells her opinion about the #BeachBodyNotSorry campaign from swimsuitsforall a few weeks ago already. But since we changed the website, it was gone. This is now the #Repost.

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Here is what she said:

“The → #BeachBodyNotSorry campaign by swimsuitsforall is probably the best thing of the whole year. Denise Bidot is one of my favorite plus models, she’s just gorgeous! Not only is she beautiful but also a mother, so her body has already gone through a wonderful story of love. So there are a few “love marks” (yes, I want to call them that!) on her tummy. She also has cellulite like probably everybody on this planet (yes, even boys and men can have it!). swimsuitsforall did this “Beach Body. Not Sorry.” campaign with her and used absolutely no Photoshop. And OMG – she’s looking sooo hot! I don’t even look at any “imperfections” (why would we call them that?), all I see is one of the world’s most beautiful women, wearing sexy swimwear … and looking like a goddess in bikinis and swimsuits.” read more here: http://luziehtan.de/2015/07/beachbodynotsorry/

And what Lu writes is exactly what I also think about this campaign. This campaign was made to empower plus women and it is the response of the promotion of Protein World called “Are you beach body ready?”, which basically pissed everyone off.

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Well, swimsuitsforall created then the hashtag #curvesinabikini and curvy fans shared pictures of them in a bikini. It started with this picture of Ashley Graham:

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The social community likes to use the hashtag #curvesinabikini, but I see no one posting a pic with the hashtag #beachbodynotsorry. And we think something should change about this.

THAT’S WHY STYLE & CURVE WANTS TO SUPPORT THE #BEACHBODYNOTSORRY CAMPAIGN AND ASKS YOU TO SHARE YOUR SWIMSUIT PICTURES WITHOUT ANY EDITING OR PHOTOSHOP AND THE HASHTAGS:

#STYLENCURVE

#BEACHBODYNOTSORRY

#CURVESINABIKINI

The pictures that include our name will get shared on our page. Or you can email it to us to styleandcurve.com.

I love the power of social media and I hope you also think that we need more women who are proud of their “love marks”. I also shared some pictures like this on my blog Curvy Style Rocks:

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THERE IS NO REASON TO HIDE YOUR BODY!

THERE IS NO REASON TO BE INSECURE!

ONLY YOU DECIDE IF YOU LISTEN TO THE NEGATIVITY OF OTHER OR NOT!

START LOVING YOUR BODY TODAY AND SEND YOUR #BeachBodyNotSorry picture to styleandcurve.com!

We finish our appeal with the beautiful Denise Bidot for swimsuits for all and her words to each one of you:

“There is no wrong way to be a woman”

SEE HERE ALL THE CURVY WOMEN WHO ALREADY SEND US THEIR PICTURE TO SHARE IT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE:

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Cheers your Lyz Lupo from Style & Curve :*

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