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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)
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 Adidas.com Oct. 29, and at select stores Oct. 30.
Strutter Summary for 9/29
Here is some plus size news to wrap up your week, or kick your weekend off before you go apple picking or some fall activity. It's your choice. OG plus size model Emme walked her first NYFW show this year. (Mic) Designer Prabal Gurung continues to rattle the fashion industry with his honesty. (People) Jay Godfrey launched a line with Gwynnie Bee (InStyle) Two plus size influencers—who you probably follow—made the top ten. Hint: They just launched a clothing line. (Forbes) Get to know Leah Vernon, your newest hero. (NY Times) Oh, did you hear that Chrissy Metz may have a capsule collection with LOFT? (That's sarcasm, BTW).
Strutter Summary for 4/29
Have you read Yona New York's open letter to retailers yet? Please do so. Here are couple other links you should get familiar with. We'll do anything to lose weight. (NY Post) Imagine being a worldwide traveler who can't find anything to wear in the process. (Racked)
Strutter Summary for 2/11
New York Fashion Week is off to a strong start, with Dia & Co's designer call-out and Chromat's inclusive fashion show. Looking forward to what's in store next week! In the meantime, here's so news you may have missed: (Photo: Instagram/Chromat) I could fill up this Summary with how many news outlets reported problems with Vogue's first-ever inclusive cover, but I'm going with the very first one posted. (R29) Will J.Crew ever extend their size range? (Racked) Neiman Marcus will, for a trial run at their Last Call retail stores. (WWD) Forgive me if I'm repeating myself, but Chrissy Metz is getting into Dunham/Schumer territory with her interviews constantly talking about her weight. (R29) What's it like to be fat outside of the U.S.? (The Cut) Naomi Watanabe is Japan's premier plus size advocate. (NY Times)
Hunter McGrady Featured in SI Swimsuit Edition
While it's no surprise to hear that Ashley Graham is back in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition after gracing its cover last year, Graham isn't the only plus size model in the issue this year. This morning, plus size model Hunter McGrady revealed her SI layout to her 179K Instagram followers. While Strutter was going to leave the IG image up in a "A picture speaks 1000 words" kind of way, upon closer inspection, MeGrady's message was cut off. Below is her post, in its entirety: This is a surreal moment for me. You guys I have been bursting to tell you all about this! I want to thank @MJ_Day for an opportunity like this and for being a force in this industry and everyone for promoting that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Beauty is not a number. It has no limits. I have never felt sexier than I did in this shoot. Thank you @joannegair and team for working your magic on my body. These women painted this suit for 12 hours and never wanted to take it off. Women, for anyone who has ever felt uncomfortable or insecure because of rolls, or stretch marks, or cellulite, or acne, or felt like you didn't measure up because you weren't represented in the magazines--THIS IS FOR YOU! You are beautiful. You are STRONG. You are powerful and together we need to lift each other up and inspire one another. There's too much going on on this world to let each other fall by the waste side. Thank you @uralucky1 @marissamuscari @ginabaronedirectorofficial @jaimegoldberg_ @wilhelminamodels for being such hard working and dedicated team! We did it! #breakingboundaries #siswim While Strutter was going to leave the IG image up in a "A picture speaks 1000 words" kind of way, upon closer inspection, MeGrady's message was cut off. He
ANTM isn't A Plus Size Problem
Strutter's social media timelines were peppered with posts from people who were disappointed that plus size models were not in the VH 1 relaunch of "America's Next Top Model." Some felt that there should have been at least one plus-size contestant in the final 14 considering supermodel Ashley Graham is a judge. Celebrities like Tess Holliday and Danielle Brooks took ANTM to task about the lack of size diversity, with Holliday claiming the move set the plus size community "ten steps back." How about we all take a step back and reexamine ANTM? It's a competition show. Contestants were not chosen on looks alone. Personality, lack of filter, penchant for drama increase a woman's chances on ANTM than a pretty face. This isn't Ashley Graham's show: If you watched the first five minutes of last night's premiere, you know that ANTM is, and will always be, Tyra Banks' show. The actors might have changed, but the show has the same director. Take that how you will. Ashley Graham is not your advocate. It's easy to project your hopes and dreams on someone who you can relate to and making strides in the process. But Graham has her own career to worry about. Biting the hand that fed her isn't smart. Maybe there will be a plus size contestant next year. There were plus size contestants in the past, so it isn't exactly groundbreaking if the competition becomes size inclusive. Yes, ANTM could have been on-target with a plus size contestant this year, but they chose not to. Remember, it's a competition show where personality overrides beauty. What's next? The only way to know how the show's doing is by ratings. How many of you will continue to watch ANTM despite lack of body representation? Don't hate watch, don't watch it period. Viacom judges shows based on ratings. If there is a big drop in ratings in weeks to come, that is a much stronger message than any Twitter rant can do.
Mia Tyler Says No to Detox Tea
On Monday, plus size model Mia Tyler posted a lengthy stance against promoting weight-loss teas on her Instagram account. "DO NOT BUY INTO THE BULLSHIT! I get these emails weekly and I always just send them to the trash. I recently got this one from one of those big bullshit companies that all the plastic, famous for no reason 'celebs' promote," Tyler wrote. "You don't lose weight from drinking tea. It just makes you pee a lot. So you lose water. You lose weight from proper nutrition and exercise. Please please please do not buy into this crap." While detoxing tea, or teatox, remains popular on social media thanks to the celebrities Tyler mentioned in her post promoting the drink, it's not without controversy. However, she does admit shilling for a weight loss product years ago because, as Tyler put it, she "was pretty low on funds." Can't blame a woman for trying to get paid, but it did wear on Tyler in a way that not even the worse side effect of a weight loss product could be capable of. "I've never felt grosser in my whole life," Tyler admitted. "I swore off the entertainment business in that moment. I hate lying to people for my own benefit."
Strutter Summary for June 17
Have fun at CurvyCon this weekend, fellow Strutters! Need some talking points? Strutter's got you covered: The following must be read in Tyra Banks' voice: Haley Hasselhoff has been selected to become a guest judge on Next Top Model Scandinavia. (Instagram) Shares of N Brown, owner of Simply Be in the U.K., jumped up by 6%. (The Guardian) A woman in England called out H&M for its unpredictable sizing. (Cosmopolitan) Finally, a tribute to Ursula, the premier plus-size Disney character. (Mic)
Strutter Summary for 6/3
It's June already! Here's some light reading for you this weekend: A new art exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum includes plus-size couture. (Seattle Times) Do you agree that plus size insiders need to reconsider who they label? (Bust) Meet the Zach Miko of India. (India Times)
Victoria's Secret to Stop Printing Its Catalog
Lingerie company Victoria's Secret will no longer print its self-esteem damaging catalog anymore, according to Adweek. With the end of the print catalog, does this mean VS will focus less on their Angels and move towards a more body-positive campaign? Of course not. This is about money. The company produced an estimate of 300 million copies of its catalogs yearly, costing $125- $150M annually. In the fourth quarter of 2015, VS reduced the number of catalogs it released by 40 percent. This test run showed VS didn't see a negative impact on its sales with less catalogs in circulation. So they're getting scrapped altogether. But how will this effect you? The end of the print catalog means your self-image will remain intact. But if you must follow the VS Angels, follow their Instagram account.