What. A. Week. Let's wrap it up with some news, shall we? Denise Bidot and Nasty Gal launched a size-inclusive capsule collection. (Nasty Gal) Author/screenwriter Bruce Wagner no longer has a publisher because an editor objected to the word "fat." (Daily Mail) Repeller, FKA Man Repeller, the brand that was called out for not being size inclusive, has shuttered. (Business of Fashion) Do you sell plus size clothing? Enter to be a part of Dia & Co.'s virtual holiday market. (Forbes).
When the Beyhive buzzes, Beyoncé listens. The next drop from Ivy Park X Adidas will be size inclusive and gender neutral. When the collection first debuted in January, many fans expressed their disappointment via social media when they discovered the clothing line was straight-sized (XS-XL). For Drip 2, apparel sizes range from XXXS-4X. Beyoncé also collaborated with Adidas on Unite Fit, its new inclusive sizing standard across the line. Ivy Park X Adidas Drip 2 is available online at Adidas.com Oct. 29, and at select stores Oct. 30.
Strutter got a great shot in the arm from Tess Holliday for retweeting the news about her new entertainment deal. But there's more news to be shared. Check it out below! Your Fat Friend launched her podcast, "Maintenance Phase," this week. (YourFatFriend) Betsey Johnson's Torrid collection is coming out soon. (Torrid) Ugh. Enough. (BuzzFeed)
According to Deadline, Tess Holliday is working with Glass Entertainment Group to create and produce non-scripted programming with themes body positivity, inclusivity and diversity. One one the shows is in the works: "Fat Ink" is about the lives of tattooed plus size women and the struggles they face getting their body art. “Tess empowers people of all shapes and sizes to confidently embrace their body," says Nancy Glass, CEO, Glass Entertainment Group. "We are proud to bring her message of living a true authentic self to a slate of programming that will inspire our viewers.”
The person behind the popular body-acceptance social media account Yr Fat Friend has revealed her name in a new post this morning while promoting her debut book, " What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat." While news of the book was announced early last month, most followers assumed the author would use her online alias. In an Instagram post promoting her book today, the author uploaded a review from Roxane Gay, who used her (presumably) real name, Aubrey Gordon. Some followers speculated whether Gordon is actually her real name and not another pseudonym. "What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat" will be released Nov. 17 and available for pre-order now.
Why Fashion Should Pay Attention to the Savage X Fenty Show
Last week, Rihanna released Volume 2 of the virtual runway show for her lingerie line, Savage X Fenty, on Amazon Prime. Along with new fresh styles of lingerie and nightwear, the show features many celebs such as Lizzo, Travis Scott, Willow Smith, Paris Hilton, Cara Delevingne and more. The hour-long virtual fashion show was considered groundbreaking by viewers. After years of being accustomed to runway shows like the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, featuring VS Angels (usually a size 0) wearing what would only be available to straight-sized customers up to extra-large. The VS show has been the same for years. Viewers weren’t turning in to the show like they used to, so VS pulled the plug on the show. The Savage X Fenty show promotes body acceptance by casting models and dancers of all sizes, genders and sexual orientations. The same outfits were showcased on different bodies, looking absolutely fierce and fabulous. The performances varied in style and environment, adding to the diversity of the show. Rihanna herself exudes untamable Poison Ivy vibes as she emerges from the petals of a larger-than-life plant to welcome everyone to her jungle of fabulousness. And all are welcomed. e. On the Fenty website, a section dedicated to the Fashion Show, “Backed by 138 hours of dance rehearsal and featuring 165 different looks, the Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 was not just a fashion show but a celebration of individuality and self-expression.” This celebration is the base of Rihanna’s brand. Inclusivity is paramount, from her fashion line to her makeup line. Take note, fashion industry. — Erin Edmonds
It’s Plus Size Appreciation Day, a time to reflect on how much progress plus size people have made in society in recent years. At last count, close to 70% of women are considered “plus size,” a size 14 and above. Society is sloooowly learning that we aren’t a silent majority. Our voices are being heard, and we’re demanding respect. Here’s where plus size people are flourishing: Fashion: Think back to 20 years ago. Buying plus size clothing was bleak, and stores carrying anything above a size 12 were few and far between. Plus size fashion is much more accessible. There are options, fast-fashion to high-end, formal to workout clothing. In the last five years, there are more plus size models (men and women) on the runway during Fashion Week. Health and Wellness: Society is coming around to the notion that there are just as many fit people above a size 10 as those who are unhealthy as a size two. (Guess which one gets cut more slack by doctors?) The Health at Every Size movement means there’s no reason to visit h a dismissive doctor who might ignore life-threatening symptoms because of where you fall on the BMI chart. And if you read FabUplus, then you already know how strong plus size women can be. Plus size visibility in society: We’re on the big screen. We’re on the small screen. We’re on the catwalk. We’re dominating social media. We’re best-selling authors. We write books that get adapted for television. We’re unavoidable. However, there’s always room for improvement—namely, our bodies as punchlines. Fat jokes are still acceptable in 2020? You know, “Quarantine 15” and all? Let’s leave it behind this year.
Last month there was a major change to “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” line-up when cast member Teddi Mellencamp, daughter of rock legend John Mellencamp, was let go from the Bravo TV series. Mellencamp took to her Instagram to release a statement about the departure via video: “This feels like a breakup.” In the caption, she thanked Bravo, producer/host Andy Cohen and Evolution USA “and all of the amazing women for the support (and the shade) for the past three years.” Some fans of “RHOBH” have speculated that her removal from the show may have something to do with the wellness trainer/certified nutritionist’s lifestyle brand. Cohen has gone on the record to say that All in By Teddi was not the reason for Mellencamp’s leave. Recent controversy surrounded All in By Teddi, Mellencamp’s “accountability” program. Among the allegations are the pricey programs (upwards of $600) and a food plan that some have estimated between 500-700 calories. Many have compared the food plan in Mellencamp’s program to “disordered eating.” Mellencamp has denied the allegations.— Erin Edmonds
Why Do We Still Care About Celebrity Transformations?
It’s 2020. We’re still quarantining. There’s a presidential election coming up. But for some reason, the celebrity transformation narrative still grabs our attention. Even if we consider ourselves to be body positive and inclusive, a celebrity’s drastic appearance gives us pause. Granted, we live in a world where we need 24 hours of content, but doesn’t this kind of story feel antiquated? Are we so bored in this pandemic that we’ll now click on a “Before and After” story? Let’s talk about some celebrities who made news for their weight while in quarantine: Kelly Osbourne: Osbourne’s style evolution and body have been scrutinized for close to 20 years. A couple of months ago, Osbourne posted a selfie on Instagram, and in the comments replied to a family friend that she lost more than 80 pounds. This led to lots of press when she also admitted to undergoing weight-loss surgery). However, this could be an old-school press plant: Osbourne recently became a panelist for a new show, “I Can See Your Voice.” Lizzo: It there was ever a champion for body positivity, it’s Lizzo. (But if you read her Vogue cover story, the singer says she’s body-normative.) If you follow Lizzo on her social media, then you have seen her work out, eat, drink, twerk...basically living her best life. While in quarantine, Lizzo has adopted a more vegan lifestyle. She recently posted a selfie from the waist down and appeared to have lost weight, which stirred up some ire among her followers. But Lizzo dropped that Vogue cover on us and it seems all was forgiven. Cardi B: Like the rest of us, Cardi’s schedule came to a halt when COVID-19 hit. Some followers on Cardi’s Instagram commented on her photos that the rapper’s body looked slightly different. Not one to hold back, Cardi did acknowledge the slight weight gain –we’re all self-quarenting!–on her Instagram Stories. She joked, “I got lipo money!” Lena Dunham: The producer/actor has eschewed the “plus size” label for years. She and fellow actor Amy Schumer once talked about being mislabeled as plus-sized for Dunham’s Lenny enewsletter. But in the last year, she’s been embracing her new form. “I reminded myself how many times I have doubted my body and how many times she has pulled through for me, like a shitty Honda on a road trip,” she recently posted on an Instagram post.
Whole Foods CEO Says Americans are Too Fat; Need to Eat Better
In a New York Times article to promote his new book, “Conscious Leadership," Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey calls for all Americans to lose weight (and avoid COVID-19) by learning how to eati better. Mackey states: "We’re getting fat, and we’re getting sicker, by the way. I mean, there’s a very high correlation between obesity and Covid deaths. And one of the reasons the United States has had more of a problem with Covid is simply that the comorbidities like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, they’re just higher in the U.S." Mackey, who founded a high-end grocery store and is not a doctor, thinks if people learn how to eat better, the health of our nation will improve. "We have not done a good job of educating people about what healthy food is. I tend to think it’s going to come about through education and through people becoming more aware and conscious about eating healthier, and then the market will respond to that." Three years ago, Whole Foods merged with Amazon to make its food more accessible. According to Mackey, Whole Foods' sales via Amazon have tripled during the pandemic. Still, some shopper find the supermarket too pricey and not as accessible as other supermarket chains. "Whole Foods has opened up stores in inner cities," says Mackey. "We’ve opened up stores in poor areas. And we see the choices. It’s less about access and more about people making poor choices, mostly due to ignorance. It’s like a being an alcoholic. People are just not conscious of the fact that they have food addictions and need to do anything about it." While food addiction is real, it is not up to Mackey to deem Americans ill due to a bad diet. Mackey's stores are not as ubiquitous as he claims, and Whole Foods is only available with Amazon Prime membership. Not once did Mackey, who calls his business practice "conscious capitalism" address the steep unemployment rate and food insecurity in the U.S. Mackey seems to be promoting his business and book with fear, by promoting fatphobia masquerading as health concern.
How about a good ol' fashioned end-of-week news dump? Clothing label Vince has launched an extended size collection, from sizes 18-24. (Harper's Bazaar) Plus size representation continue to plummet at lNYFW. Last month's show had the lowest amount of plus size models since Spring 2016. (The Fashion Spot) On a more positive note, Lizzo is on the cover of the October issue of Vogue. (Vogue)
Athletic brand Lululemon Athletica has announced it will extend its clothing size range up to size 20, according to Bloomberg. While other fitness brands like Nike and Fabletics already have extended sizing in their clothing lines, with Lululemon it's a case of "better late than never." In 2013, Lululemon's former CEO said Lululemon’s pants didn't "work for some women’s bodies" on Bloomberg Television. The CEO resigned shortly after.