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Biggest Loser Winner Rachel Frederickson: “Comments following my weight loss were hurtful”

December 17, 2014 in Beauty & Body Image, Then and Now by Versus

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Biggest Loser Winner Rachel Frederickson: Comments following my weight loss were hurtful | then and now beauty body image

A few months back, Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson (24) received a lot of criticism from the media for losing ‘too much weight’ on and after the popular show – 155 pounds to be exact (see the post here!). Now, Rachel is back with a powerful message:

Comments during the controversial storm following my weight loss were hurtful. My self-esteem once again was affected by other people’s voices — this time, the kind that live forever in Facebook posts or written in the pages of magazines. People tried to bring me down and (privately) succeeded. To the voices of those who tried to lift me up after the finale, I thank you!

My question to you is this: What voices will you allow into your life to tell you who you are? Everyone’s voice is powerful. Is your voice going to be one that tears others down or one that lifts this world up with positivity, hope, and love?

Rachel these days, after gaining some weight after the show’s finale:

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Size 14 Model Jennie Runk: “Size shouldn’t be a unit of measurement for worth”

November 30, 2014 in Beauty & Body Image, Hot Models by Versus

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Size 14 Model Jennie Runk: Size shouldnt be a unit of measurement for worth | hot models beauty body image

Jennie Runk, the size 14 model who modeled bikinis for H&M last year (and received lots of attention while doing so) brings some interesting size-related quotes today:

On the term ‘plus-size':

The term ‘plus size’ is just a term used to describe a body type, like tall, short, athletic, curvy, or anything else. I don’t see anything negative about it, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being called plus size. To me, it’s just a label. Some people call me plus size; some people say I’m not. It makes no difference to me. Some people call my hair brunette and some call it dirty blonde, that means as much to me as whether or not I’m called plus size. How other people describe me doesn’t define how I see myself. I often refer to myself as a ‘large person,’ because I am, literally, large. I’m taller and bigger than many of my female friends. I simply take up more space; I’ve always been that way. I don’t care what the fashion industry calls me. If they want to call me plus size, that’s fine with me; if they want to call me a model, that’s fine, too. I’m not ashamed or afraid of my body type. I’m not ashamed or afraid of any words people might use to describe it.

On a size-obsessed world:

Honestly, I think people get way too obsessed with it. Who cares what size anyone is? If a person is beautiful, they’re beautiful, no matter what the tag in their jeans says. Size is just a number on a tag to help us find clothes that fit our bodies. That’s all size should be, it shouldn’t be a unit of measurement for worth.

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Size 10 Model Myla Dalbesio for Calvin Klein

November 26, 2014 in Beauty & Body Image, Hot Models by Versus

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Size 10 Model Myla Dalbesio for Calvin Klein | hot models beauty body image

27 year-old model Myla Dalbesio has made history by being the first size 10 US model to score a Calvin Klein campaign. Many more details from Daily Mail:

‘It’s kind of confusing because I’m a bigger girl,’ Myla, who stands at 5ft 11in, told Elle. ‘I’m not the biggest girl on the market but I’m definitely bigger than all the girls [Calvin Klein] has ever worked with, so that is really intimidating. I’m not skinny enough to be with the skinny girls and I’m not large enough to be with the large girls , and I haven’t been able to find my place,’ she explained. As such, ‘this [campaign] was such a great feeling.’

And yet some people have taken to Twitter in outrage that she could even be considered a ‘bigger’ girl. ‘Genuine WTF moment,’ one critic wrote in a tweet directed at Elle. ‘This woman is described as “plus-size” and “a bigger girl”. Aaaraagahagaagahahagahahag’. Another person said: ‘I wouldn’t consider her a plus size model. Her height and her muscular tone should not categorize as a “big girl.”‘ And a third commented angrily: ‘How is that plus size??’

Despite the outcry, which seems to be directed at Elle rather than Calvin Klein, Myla says landing the campaign has made her hopeful that size is becoming less of an issue in the fashion industry.

‘It’s not like [Calvin Klein] released this campaign and were like, ‘Whoa, look, there’s this plus-size girl in our campaign,” she explained. They released me in this campaign with everyone else; there’s no distinction. It’s not a separate section for plus-size girls.’

A statement released by the fashion house expresses the same sentiment. ‘The Perfectly Fit line was created to celebrate and cater to the needs of different women,’ a spokesperson told MailOnline. ‘And these images are intended to communicate that our new line is more inclusive and available in several silhouettes in an extensive range of sizes.’

She told Fashionista in 2012: ‘I tried for a long time to make myself [lose weight]. I tried throwing up after I ate and that’s awful. That is painful – I would never wish for anyone to do that ever.’ The model revealed that she would spend weeks eating nothing but calorie-free black olives and pickles and spending hours in the gym to try to slim down to a more typical model weight.

She then gave up modelling for two years to concentrate on her studies but it was Crystal Renn who paved the way for her return as a plus-size girl. Myla said: ‘They told me about plus modeling which was something I’d never heard of before. ‘But then they [scouts Jeff and Mary Clark] showed me, and this is when Crystal was really starting to pick up speed, so I walked into Ford and the first thing Gary [Dakin] said to me was, “You’re the next Crystal Renn,” and then they signed me.’

But Myla has also noted that she is encouraged to have landed the Calvin Klein campaign, despite not fitting into the super-skinny mold. ‘Look at the history of the brand, they launched Kate Moss, and this is the woman who started this whole trend of waif,’ she told Entertainment Tonight earlier this year. ‘To see a brand like that embracing a greater range of sizes… it’s really special.’

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VS Model Sara Sampaio’s Body Image Message

November 21, 2014 in Beauty & Body Image, Hot Models by Versus

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VS Model Sara Sampaios Body Image Message | hot models beauty body image

On being criticized for being too skinny:

I’m not gonna let any of you bully me just because I’m skinny! Every body is different, and every metabolism is different! I eat a lot, so next time u decide to tell me to eat a burger remember I probably eat more burgers than you, I’ve always been skinnier, and probably will always be, I workout, I’m healthy and I’m happy!

Her views on body image:

The amount of hate I see thrown at me and to other model friends that I know are naturally skinny it’s ridiculous! U don’t see us shaming other types of bodies so please don’t come and shame ours (sic)! Be happy with ur body and stop shaming others! Whether they are skinny, fat, fit, with big boobs, small boobs etc! Don’t share hate! Be happy.

… says 23 year-old Sara, who models for Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated.

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Lara Stone Brings Today’s Quote

November 14, 2014 in Beauty & Body Image by Versus

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On how becoming a mother put things in perspective:

“You have to sit there and really think about it: ‘Oh, I grew this little person’s fingernails in my tummy.’ After that, do you really give a s*** about arm flab? Because I don’t.”

… says new mom Lara in System Magazine, next to her nude and unretouched photo spread.

 

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