Introducing NEW SVC Men: First Plus-Size Male Model Zach Miko


That’s right: from now on (as a result of many requests over the years), Skinny VS Curvy will feature, besides women and their wide range of body shapes and body image issues, MEN!

And here we are, launching our new category with the first plus-size male model – Zach Miko, who was signed a few months back with ING Models, modeled for Target and became the image of a ‘brawn’ model or the equivalent of ‘curve’ for women. Zach’s stats:

Age: 26

Height: 6ft 6in / 198cm

Waist: 40in / 102cm

On how society views men who have body image issues as un-masculine:

I always had my own body-image struggle. With men, there is still a lot of bravado and false masculinity to get through. You’re not supposed to care about how you look. If you have issues, you aren’t supposed to talk about it. It’s considered weak or un-masculine. Which is stupid. It’s about having feelings that make you human. I think, even now with the progression, you still have that 1950s male mentality of men being strong and emotionless. If it makes men realise that it’s OK to care about how you look, or even feel bad about it and want to change … I have had [body] issues all my life and that can make you insecure. You project those feelings on to others and that can damage relationships. It creates this vicious cycle. It could all be avoided if you opened up and said I do or don’t feel good about myself.

On the cause of his insecurities and trying to make people feel good about themselves:

I was between diets and trying to change the way I look for so long. As an actor, I was told by every casting director that I was too big. But I think I was trying to make other people more comfortable. I have always been a big guy, I was picked on as a kid, and that’s where it came from. We live in a society where “big” and “fat” have become insults, and “skinny”, “little” and “petite” have become compliments. We have come to correlate a negative meaning with “big” and “fat”.

On the fact that plus0sized people can be healthy:

I am a big advocate of health. I just don’t think you have to be a twig to [be healthy]. Other people don’t have a right to project an idea of unhealthy on to you if you have this extra weight. I think labeling people as unhealthy is unfair. You don’t know what their health is. People think I’m a slob and that I don’t take care of myself. But I do. For starters, I cycle every day. But you do start to internalize that [feeling].

… says Zach.


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Khloe Kardashian’s New Jeans Collection for Sizes 0-24


Khloe Kardashian recently launched her new jeans collection for Nordstrom called Good American – and her denim line includes a wide range of sizes: from 0 to 24.

On the many sizes she caters to in her jeans collection:

I’ve always thought there’s been something missing from the denim industry. Whenever I buy new jeans it’s hard for me to find a pair that fits my body type, and even when I do, I always need alterations. I knew if I’ve had this problem, there must be tons of other girls who do too. I believe that every woman should feel confident and good about themselves, regardless of what size they are. Being involved in a project like this allows me to spread that confidence and empower others to be the beautiful, strong women they are.

On her choice of models – from skinny to athletic and plus-size:

I wanted to find real girls to join us in this movement. This isn’t just about finding the perfect pair of jeans, but about embracing your body and being proud of all that you are. We should celebrate one another. Uplift rather than tear down. So many times young women are lured into what their group of friends is saying or doing, even when they know it’s not right. We believe that doing good and promoting one’s best self is sexier than doing evil in this world. March to the beat of your own drum.

Some of the plus-size models that model Khloe’s jeans collection – size 14 US Nadia Aboulhosn and size 18 Gabi Gregg:


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Gillian Anderson Talks Plastic Surgery and Sex Symbol Status


On her sex-symbol status and her daily insecurities:

‘I never understood that. I had no clue what anybody was talking about. And it suddenly hit me… there is no relevance to me whatsoever. It’s just outward projection. Sometimes I don’t think about [ageing] for long stretches. And then I’ll go through a few days where I feel particularly old, ugly, whatever. And then I’ll either get some sleep and it’s passed or I don’t care.’

On how she feels strongly that she won’t opt for plastic surgery:

‘At 47, I feel quite strongly that I wouldn’t do plastic surgery, but also, I know that I am a vain woman. Talk to me in ten years – they may have invented something which feels less invasive, and then it’s possible that the line will be easier to cross. I don’t want to say never. I don’t want to be hypocritical about it.’

… says the actress.

Despite Gillian’s words, the tabloids have been hinting for a while that the actress already opted for a wide range of plastic surgery procedures – here’s what Daily Mail’s ‘specialists’ think:


Throwback – Gillian in her younger years, rocking the redhead look:


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Plus-Size Model Rosie Mercado Received Death Threats for Losing 240 lbs


The full story from Daily Mail:

Plus-size model Rosie Mercado who shed 240lbs said she was targeted by ‘fat activists’ who told her to kill herself after her dramatic weight loss.

The mother-of-three from Las Vegas said she does not ‘miss anything’ about being 410lbs but that she has received hate mail directed at her transformed body. The 36-year-old, who used to be a size 34 and is now a 12/14, was told to ‘jump off a bridge and kill myself’ by people who objected to her weight loss, she claimed in an interview with TMZ.

I got hate mail…Not so much from the other models, just fans that hated on me. They told me to go jump off a bridge and kill myself for losing weight. Fat activists, there you go. Yeah fat activists, they just hated the thought I was really public about my weight loss and I was losing weight,’ she said.

While Rosie, who now weighs 170lbs, ‘loves’ her slimmer physique and the ‘freedom’ it has given her, she said some people reacted negatively to it.

She said: ‘Because I guess everybody loves to be happy in their own weight. Some people love being overweight, some people don’t. I think it’s a personal choice and you’ve just got to take it, there’s good and bad that comes with any life choice and changes so you know what? You’ve just got to let it go and not pay attention to the negative remarks.’

Rosie said her critics did not like her being ‘authentic and open’ about the changes to her body and her subsequent tummy tuck and skin removal.

Despite losing almost half her former body weight she said she is still plus-size, adding: ‘I love it.’

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Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi’s Complete Transformation: New Boob Job


On why she got her boobs done recently:

I know in previous interviews I told everyone I wanted to wait to have my boobs done until after I had kids, but I could be 50 by then. I’m in my prime right now. I’m gonna be 29 and I want to be as hot as I can! I call this my little mommy makeover. Being a mom, obviously your boobs are destroyed by having kids, especially breast feeding. I breastfed Giovanna for a year. I want to look hot for my husband but I also want to feel great about myself and that was just an insecurity that I had.

… says Snooki.

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