Before curves became en vogue, Tyra Banks was an advocate for plus-size models in the fashion industry. Besides recruiting fly, full-figured models for America’s Next Top Model like the beautiful Toccara and Whitney Cunningham (who I met at the party celebrating ANTM’s Oxygen move…what a sweetheart!), Banks has faced vicious criticism for her own weight gain as well.
It’s not easy for a plus-size model in Fashion and I’ve always appreciated Tyra’s willingness to speak out about it. Finally, she’s putting her money where her mouth is.
Banks is launching a plus-size competition on the Tyra show called “The Fiercely Real Model Search.” Plus-size models between the ages of 13-19 can enter to win a one-year Wilhemina modeling contract, a cover and fashion spread in Tyra’s online magazine and a spread in a major fashion magazine. Click here for details.
Here’s what the model-turned-mogul had to say about the competition:
“I’ve always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty; through ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ ‘True Beauty’ and ‘The Tyra Show’ I challenge industry and universal standards by featuring and celebrating non-traditional beauty, and stressing that true beauty is both inside and out,” Banks said. “Adolescence is such an impressionable time in a young woman’s life, and I hope this contest helps teen girls discover their own beauty from the inside out.”
Truly commendable. All beautiful plus-size girls get ready to half-turn, pose and strut for the modeling chance of a lifetime! Tyra will announce the winner on her talk show on March 3rd.
Good luck from The Glamazons!
As The Glamazons reported last month
, V Magazine is dedicating its January issue to plus-size models. Featuring shoots by Karl Lagerfeld and Terry Richardson, the first-ever “Size Issue” will hit newsstands January 14, 2010.
The pictures have hit the internet and we have to say high-fashion photo shoots that celebrate curvy models are way overdue. I especially love the Karl Lagerfeld-shot spread with burlesque star, Miss Dirty Martini, and Coco-lookalike, actress Jane Schmidt, in the House of Chanel. Class meets sass. Check out the images below and tell me what you think!
Coco A Go-Go featuring Miss Dirty Martini, Jane Schmidt. Shot by Karl Lagerfeld.
Curves Ahead featuring Candice Huffine, Marquita Pring, Michelle Olson and Tara Lynn. Shot by Sølve Sundsbø
One Size Fits All Featuring Jacquelyn Jablonski and Crystal Renn. Shot by Terry Richardson.
At a photo shoot this weekend, my good friend who works for a plus-size magazine told me she’s seen a renewed interest in the full-figured fashion industry following the news of V Magazine’s Size issue.
Good to hear, but I hope the attention lasts beyond a couple of amazing magazine spreads. I would hate to see this much-needed change—that promotes positive body image and embraces women of all sizes—become another “cool,” short-lived trend.
What do you think?
Do you think the groundbreaking images will force the high-end Fashion industry to embrace plus-sizes? Do you think the photos of plus-size models won’t make a difference as they’ll only appear in one isolated issue? Do you think there’s a chance V Magazine will continue featuring plus-size models throughout the year?
Some people have criticized V Magazine for only showing paper-thin models or ‘extremely large’ models, instead of representing the varied shapes and sizes of womens’ bodies. Do you think that criticism is valid?
Are you full-figured, fierce and fashion-obsessed? Do you have more style in your fingertips than Rachel Zoe, Anna Wintour and Ms. Jay combined? Do men stop you in your tracks to compliment your walk as you strut down the street? Do strangers approach you on the train after staring/drooling to say “You should be a model”? If so, Catherine’s Plus-Size Clothing wants you!
Catherine’s Plus-Size Clothing is looking for the new face of their upcoming campaign through their real women model search.
The AMAZING prizes are as follows:
Grand Prize (1 winner)
-Exclusive 2-year modeling contract with Dorothy Combs Models, Inc., America’s premier modeling agency for plus size talent
-Debut appearance in Catherine’s marketing
-Trip to NYC for a professional photo shoot: includes roundtrip airfare for one, hotel accommodations, airport transportation, spa treatment (manicure/pedicure) and lunch with professional models and photo crew
-$1,000 Catherine’s Wardrobe Gift Card
First Prize (4 winners)
-Your name and photo featured on catherines.com, $500 Catherine’s Wardrobe Gift card
The deadline for entries is November 30 via the Website.
Good luck from the Glamazons, girls!!
Yes, you read right.
Leave it to one of my favorite plus-size designers, Monif C., to create the mother of all dresses—a sexy, jersey stunner that’s literally 22 outfits in one!
The Marilyn Convertible Dress, inspired by vintage dresses, can be styled every way you can think of—as a baby doll top, a dress with sleeves, a halter dress, a skirt and the list goes on. It comes in a variety of fashion-forward hues (like mustard, purple and cobalt blue) and in two different lengths: floor-length and just above the knee.
I know what you’re thinking. You can usually only get one GREAT look out of a convertible dress. The rest looks so odd and uncomfortable that you end up only wearing the dress in one style.
I assure you that every variation of the Marilyn Convertible Dress is as fabulous as the rest. Monif C.’s website even says that customers came up with even more glam ways to wear the dress at Curvy Girl’s Night Out, on the spot. Amazing!
Don’t take my word for it. Check out the beautiful models below and then get your hands on one for $195-$235 at monifc.com. Then, I want you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with pics of the way you wear your Marilyn Convertible Dress. Can’t wait to see them!
Are you tired of designers that make drab, unflattering clothes for plus-size women? As if by virtue of being full-figured, women lose all sense of style and have to settle for whatever dull clothes come in their sizes? Beth Ditto and I are too.
The flamboyant star has rocked the plus-size clothing industry with a haute collection for UK store Evans. One of the first celebrity/mass retailer collaborations for full-figured shoppers, Beth Ditto’s collection delivers her signature glam rock style to women sizes 14-32 for moderate prices. The punk rock/80’s-inspired designs range from printed high-waisted leggings to bright sequined dresses to cropped leather jackets replete with zippers and studs (see Glamazon faves below). American shoppers can purchase the clothing on the web—www.evans.co.uk—and have it shipped to the U.S. What do you think of the collection? What’s your fave Beth Ditto at Evans look? Why aren’t more celebs/designers tapping into the plus-size market?