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The Body Image Project

The Body Image Project is a newly formed project to help spread positive body image in men, women and children. They upload weekly videos about real people and their personal struggles with Body Image. Visit their site to share your story. You can also follow them on Facebook.

Here is their mission:

The connection between mind and body is in many ways our most enduring and intimate relationship, directly impacting behavior, health and well being.

Imagine a world where we aren’t so preoccupied with how our bodies look, but focused instead on how they function. Imagine being one healthy whole… in both mind and body.

We must commit to thriving. We can’t simply survive while falling prey to expectations, that if strived for, compromise our physical and mental health. Thriving means achieving a genuine peace and contentment surrounding our body image and self worth. We can do this by becoming aware, becoming mindful, improving our own body image and then spreading the word. We can start this movement today by reflecting on ourselves… our real selves.

December 14, 2009   No Comments

PZI Jeans Warehouse Sale Saturday, Dec 12 Only–Up to 75% off

If you are in the Atlanta area, you can get up to 75% Off on Saturday, December 12 by visiting PZI’s Tucker, GA warehouse. Please note the discounts for bringing items for donation. Click on the images for links to the full size image.

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December 12, 2009   1 Comment

Cute necklace

Lane Bryant Floral Pendant Bib Necklace

Lane Bryant Floral Pendant Bib Necklace

I’m not always a fan of Lane Bryant jewelry (I find it is often poorly made), but I love this necklace that I picked up for an event. It’s a little pricey for LB at $39, but I used a coupon and the BOGO offer (offer in store and online), and felt like it was worth it. It’s very striking and conversational, and I always get compliments when I wear it.

I always recommend that you have a superpower accessory–something that makes you feel fabulous and opens the way for people [meaning men] to talk to you. I think this piece is an ideal candidate for superpower status.

December 11, 2009   No Comments

“Thunder Thighs” May Make You Healthier

Thanks to one of our Curvy Fabulous Friends for sending us this article: Skinny thighs could spell your doom.

It’s becoming common knowledge that the fat carried in the thighs has some health benefits, particularly as relates to cardiovascular health. Doctors believe that a certain amount of muscle mass and lower body bulk is needed to ensure proper glucose and lipid metabolism, that are important in preventing disease.

I find this article to be interesting on two levels:

  1. Thinness and disease
  2. Media coverage of weight-related research

This isn’t the first article suggesting that thinness comes with its own health risks; however, I find this interesting: People whose thighs measured less than 60 centimeters, or about 23.6 inches in circumference, had nearly double the risk of life-ending disease. And those with stick-thin gams (less than 18 inches around) were at the greatest risk. A woman with a 23.6 in thigh (depending on height, of course) would be about a size 6 or 8 (according to president of the International Sports and Fitness cited in the article). That’s not considered to be exceptionally thin.

This leads me to the second point: If this story went the other way (thigh size over size 8 = poor health), it would be covered by every news source out there. But, as of today, I’ve only seen this one article. I haven’t seen CNN cover this news. I haven’t seen Sanjay Gupta suggesting that women under size 8 should try to gain weight.

This illustrates the weaknesses in the way weight and health are studied. Body composition is just one of many factors contributing to health. You’d think that the above article would be way more newsworthy than the ongoing media barrage against overweight, simply because it defies conventional wisdom. But, clearly it is not. (This article appears on MSNBC.com’s “Body Odd” section.)

I think about all of those women out there who are hating their thighs, average-sized women who despise an element of their bodies that may, in fact, contribute to longevity. So sad.

December 10, 2009   1 Comment

Curvy Diva of the week: Crystal Renn

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Crystal Renn and Jean-Paul Gauthier

I just added Crystal Renn’s book Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves to my holiday reading list. Crystal is showing up everywhere these days (she’s one of the models profiled in Glamour’s article embracing size diversity), and her story is fascinating.

It’s heartbreaking (and familiar) when she outlines a typical menu for the day when she was a traditional model:

Breakfast: Steamed vegetables, fat-free dressing, stick of sugar free gum

Lunch: Head of lettuce or more steamed veggies, can of Ultra Pure protein shake (vanilla cream flavor, 160 calories), sugar-free Snapple, apple, stick of sugar-free gum

Dinner: Steamed vegetables, fat-free dressing, stick of sugar free gum

Snacks: 6 sticks of sugar-free gum, 2 Diet Cokes

And she was still in her teens.

And check out the pictures and the comments she received when she was in the size 0-2 range. Again, it will break your heart.

At 5’9″, size 12, I’m happy that we are seeing more of Crystal Renn in mainstream fashion layouts.

December 9, 2009   1 Comment

The Glamazons Release Debut Single

Just got this press release about the very curvy girl group, The Glamazons, stars of the second season of “America’s Got Talent.” Congratulations, Glamazons, on your debut single!

Plus-Sized Girl Group THE GLAMAZONS Release Debut Single “Sugar Rush”

Did you save room for dessert? We hope so because The Glamazons are back and are as sweet as ever! You may remember Lady Finger (Meryl Finger), Candy Apple (Sandra May), Caramella (Laura Johnson) andGinger Snap (Sarah Orr), the plus-size pop girl group whose mission is to show the world that talent comes in all sizes. The fierce foursome made it to the top 8 on the second season of NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent.”

Since the show, The Glamazons have recorded an EP (to be released February 2010), released a calendar, toured the world performing for hungry fans from Key West to Branson, Missouri to Italy, became models for Torrid clothing’s Spring collection and even sang the “Star Spangled Banner” at the Minnesota Vikings football game, but that was only a taste of what these buxom babes can do.

The girls have also had major successes on their own since “America’s Got Talent.” Each Glamazon has made a splash in primetime TV. Candy Apple recently appeared on FOX’s plus-size dating show“More to Love.”Lady Finger’s wedding is soon to air on the Style Channel’s “Whose Wedding is it Anyway?” Ginger Snapappeared on Oxygen’s hit show “Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.” And Carmella has appeared in numerous runway shows, most recently for designer Monif C on BET’s “Rip the Runway.”

The Glamazons single “Sugar Rush” is available now on i-Tunes and Amazon.com. The girls are shooting a music video for “Sugar Rush” in mid January 2010.

The Glamazons are sure to satiate your sweet tooth and leave you wanting more.

December 3, 2009   No Comments