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Strutter's Year in Review, Pt. II

We left you in suspense with the last post. Here is the rest of the Year in Review. September As more people discovered athleisure during the pandemic, Lululemon Athletica announced it will extend its clothing size range up to size 20. Until recently the brand was straight-sized only. October The person behind the popular body-acceptance social media account Yr Fat Friend revealed her name in a social media post while promoting her debut book, " What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat" (out now). November There is a new ally in inclusivity: Judas Priest singer Rob Halford. While on the U.K.-based podcast, "A Gay and a NonGay," Halford rallied for body inclusivity not just in the gay community, but in society. December FabUplus returned to the newsstands! After a year hiatus, the plus size magazine came back with a stellar guest editor and thought-provoking content. Get your subscription here.

Strutter's Year in Review

Didn't the start of 2020 show so much promise? It felt like a real fresh start. But then, COVID. So let's take a look back at some stories that made an impact in our community this year. Let's hope for a better 2021. January Nothing to report here, folks. Strutter went quiet in March 2019 but was revised thanks to the support of a few followers. February A study discovered that bigger men fared better in the workforce than bigger women. But plus size women already knew that. March As Fashion Month came to an end, the Fashion Spot crunched numbers and discovered there was less size representation on the runway in Spring 2020 than in years past. So why do we continue to support it? April While most of the world was under lockdown due to COVID-19, many started joking about gaining weight due to the stay-at-home orders. Four weeks of the same joke can make you go a little nutty. Nine months later, it's still a lame joke. May As lockdown continued on, a survey by the Mizzou College of Human Environmental Sciences found that more than 40 percent felt it was worse to gain weight during self-quarantine than to contract COVID-19. June Alicia Estrada, owner of the retro clothing line Stop Staring!, faced some backlash after congratulating a customer's weight loss story on social media. When a follower commented on how Estrada's praise enforced fatphobia, she ridiculed the follower's post. July As the phrase "body positivity" gets more and more adopted by straight sized influencers, Strutter started questioning the validity of the phrase. August Lizzo announced a development deal with Amazon Prime, where she will create projects specifically for the streaming service.

“Forgotten Woman” Owner Remembered

The New York Times has reported that Nancye Radmin, who launched the plus size chain store The Forgotten Woman, passed away on Dec. 8 in Lakeland, Fla. She was 82. Radmin started the company in 1976 out of necessity when she sought high-end fashion in her size (16). In 20 years, there were more than 20 shops across the U.S. Her advances in the plus size community will live on, as high-end plus size stores are now part of the retail landscape.

Fitness Personality Gets Body-Shamed... on Another Person's Social Media Post?

If you have to explain a joke, then the joke isn't as funny as you think. Just ask Amy Schumer. Earlier this week, fitness celebrity Hilaria Baldwin posted a photo of her sniffing her baby's head, while in her underwear to her Instagram account. In turn, Schumer reposted Baldwin's image to her Instagram but updated the caption to wish her followers a great holiday. According to Too Fab, Baldwin supported Schumer's post even though she later admitted not understanding the meaning behind it. But both Schumer and Baldwin faced a backlash from Schumer's followers who left negative comments about the fitness instructor's body. After seeing the negative comments on Schumer's post (which has since been taken down) Baldwin addressed them on her IG account, particularly the comments from those who pointed out that her body type isn't typical of an average mother. “I’m an advocate for body positivity and inclusivity...which, let’s all remember, includes everyone," wrote Baldwin.

Adipositivity Project Member Remembered

Advocate Ember Osby, who was recently featured in the Adipositivity 2021 calendar, died on Wednesday due to complications from asthma. She was 26 years old. Earlier this week, Osby became concerned that her asthma was getting worse and sought breathing treatment from her doctors’ office near her home in Los Angeles, CA. While she didn’t get treated at her doctors’ office, she went to the local emergency room to get treatment (which is now given at the ER due to COVID-19). She also received help from friends who read her Facebook post about her medical ordeal. The St. Louis native was a body positive advocate who was a part of photographer Substantia Jones’ Adipositivity calendar, where she was featured in June 2021 as the sun goddess. Osby also was an artist who sold her wares on Etsy. “She was a powerful example of body love and fuckyouism,” noted Jones on her Facebook page, when shareing the news about Osby's death on Thursday. “Unfortunately, she was also a powerful example of how Black women—especially fat Black women—are mistreated and ignored by medical professionals,” says Jones. “She couldn’t get doctors to take her fears seriously. Her fears included being a statistic. A Black woman who dies because she’s being ignored.” Photo courtesy of Substantia Jones of the Adipositivity ProjectPro

Inside the New FabUplus Issue!

After a hiatus, FabUplus magazine returns to the newsstand for Winter 2020! What you can expect in this issue with model Liris Crosse on the cover? A holiday gift guide for all the people near and dear to you (including yourself!) Behind-the-scenes of Khrystyana's The Real Catwalk Inspiring women share what inspires them Music to support in 2021 and much more! Order the issue at Etsy or purchase at your local Barnes & Noble.

Screaming for Inclusivity

Body inclusivity has a hot rockin' ally: Rob Halford. The Judas Priest singer was a recent guest on the U.K. -based podcast, "A Gay and a NonGay." When asked for advice regarding gay people who may not fit into the prototypes set up within the community, Halford says there needs to be more body inclusivity not just in the gay community, but in society (as quoted by Blabbermouth) "I think that the whole body shaming and imaging is just as prevalent in the straight world as it is in the gay world. You always have to have somebody with a six-pack on [on the cover of] a gay mag, and that's wrong," says Halford. "You always have to have some beautiful, slim, gorgeous woman on [the cover of] a straight magazine or whatever. It's just mad that we're still at that place. Just push by that, 'cause it's fluff — it really is fluff. It has no relevance whatsoever. "If you're a person who wants to keep fit — and I've got some really fit straight friends — I admire that; I admire your conviction to doing these great things for yourself and for your body, because it does have a knock-on effect. But in terms of the level of it being superficial and not really, really being important, yeah, we need to look at that differently. And over the years, it's gotten a little better, for girls who are plus size, for example, and there's a whole broader acceptance, as there should be. "Look, this is your body. Be proud of it. Be proud of the way you look, the way you are, 'cause you're a beautiful person. It's not what the outside is about; it's the inside that matters — [what you have] in your heart and in your mind." Halford was on the podcast to promote his autobiography, Confess. Listen to the podcast in full here.

Strutter Summary for Nov. 21

Here are some stories you might have missed while planning your personal Thanksgiving or holiday shopping: Missy Elliott helped a bride get her dream dress. (The Grio) If Jaqueline Jossa means anything to you, then this story will mean something to you. (Daily Mail) Emily W. Murphy has made her mark in political history, for dubious reasons. (Historical Fat People)

Strutter Summary for Nov. 14

Here's what you missed: Fitness brand Superfit Hero extended it sizing up to 7X. (Forbes) RT Mart in China apologized for naming configuration for its plus size line. (New York Post) The history of diet soda is drenched in fatphobia. (Jezebel)

Should We Abandon "Body Positivity?"

At one time, the phrase "Body Positivity" meant something. It was a movement for people above a size 12 who were finally accepting their bodies as they were. "Body Positivity" meant that one was commanding respect for their body and themselves, after years of trying to conform to society and an unattainable size. But now? Straight-sized social media influencers have co-opted that phrase. The kind of social media influencers who post comparison photos in bra tops and yoga pants to show how angles and ill-fitting clothing can alter one's appearance with captions like "Instagram Vs. Reality." These people do not share the same struggle as someone who is size 26 and is trying to survive a world that doesn't value anyone above a size 10. "Body Positivity " is now being used to promote wellness, mindful eating, and self-care: all now code for weight loss. With this in mind, is it time to stop using the phrase? A couple of celebrities have abandoned body positivity, in name only. In the cover story for Vogue, Lizzo preferred a news phrase: body-normative. "I want to normalize my body," she said. "What I don’t like is how the people that this term was created for are not benefiting from it. Girls with back fat, girls with bellies that hang, girls with thighs that aren’t separated, overlap. Girls with stretch marks. You know, girls who are in the 18-plus club.” Amber Riley was much blunter in Hello Beautiful: “I don’t really f*ck with the body-positive community." Feeling the pressure to be a part of the community from her "Glee" days left the singer/actor feeling more scrutinized by fans. “ So, are we leaving the phrase in 2020 with everything else?My body is mine," says Riley. "I don’t need a community telling me what to do with it. I always have to be 100 percent real with myself.” So, are we leaving the phrase in 2020 with everything else?

Strutter Summary for Oct. 23

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).

Ivy Park Gets Size Inclusive

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 Oct. 29, and at select stores Oct. 30.

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