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Jane Fonda: “I grew up so defined by my looks”

May 20, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image, Celebrity Quotes by Versus


On body image:

‘I did have plastic surgery. I’m not proud of the fact that I’ve had it. But I grew up so defined by my looks. I was taught to think that if I wanted to be loved, I had to be thin and pretty. That leads to a lot of trouble. I’m older now, and I have to be more self-conscious. When you’re young, you can get away with more. I always thought that being self-conscious was a negative. But now I feel differently.’

On her biggest insecurity – her arms:

‘These only come out during candlelight on a very dark evening.’

… says 77 year-old Jane in W Magazine.

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Size 22 Model Tess Holliday: “I want to challenge society’s perception of “beauty””

May 11, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image by Versus


Social media personality Tess Holliday (Tess Munster), who describes herself as a ‘body positive activist’ is famous for her pin-up style photos and fir her Instagram movement called #effyourbeautystandards – and recently, Tess (who is a size 22 US at 5’4”) became the largest plus-size model to be signed by a modeling agency (MiLK).

Here are a few quotes from Tess:

On beauty diversity:

‘I think if someone doesn’t look at an image and feel something, you haven’t done your job. Whether it’s a negative or positive, it should evoke something in them. That’s what I’ve always done with my work, I want to challenge society’s perception of “beauty” and what’s acceptable in our industry and the world. There is no one way to be a woman, or to be beautiful. We all deserve a place.’

On becoming a model at her size:

I went to a casting when I was 15 but I was told I was too short and too big. I was a US size 16 (UK 18/20) and I’m 5ft 4in. It was a little discouraging – I stopped trying to pursue modelling and it was only when I retrained as a makeup artist, working at fashion shows, that I started getting interested again. The truth is, I didn’t want to do anything else. I was never tempted to lose weight. Everyone around me was on Weight Watchers, but it never appealed to me. I have never been one for changing yourself to make someone happy. Everyone said I had a pretty face, so it seemed possible. I just didn’t know there was such a thing as a plus-size model. It was only when I saw a picture of Mia Tyler [one of the first plus-size models in the 1990s] that I realized I could. I am lucky that I have a supportive family, partner and friends. That I got signed? Well, the reaction has been overwhelming.

On being heavily criticized:

I got a lot of comments on Twitter, Instagram, even some letters. Some people were excited, some people called me fat and said I was too big to be a model. I spent a long time fielding through the reactions. Ultimately, in my eyes, my being signed is changing an industry that needed to be changed.

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Size 12 Model Bree Warren: “Some plus size models have such incredibly hot bods”

May 3, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image, Hot Models by Versus


On the term ‘plus-size':

It’s just another way society has developed to segregate women. Fashion should not be about pitting sizes against each other. There should be different shapes and sizes in the industry, not just one! I think the term is so dated it doesn’t have a place in fashion anymore. Some plus size models have such incredibly hot bods that it doesn’t even make sense! People don’t quite understand just how tiny today’s supermodels are in real life, so plus size is really just anyone not a zero or a 2.

… says size 12 US Bree.



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Chrissy Teigen Vows to Never Photoshop Her Pictures Again

April 27, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image by Versus


Chrissy Teigen recently posted online a photo without filters or Photoshop to show us that even models don’t look like in the flawless magazine-ready images. Her caption:

Bruises from bumping kitchen drawer handles for a week. Stretchies say hi!

The model continued to explain why she chose to post the image in a talk-show last week:

I actually am working on a cookbook and I was bumping around in the kitchen and the door handle would just nick me every single time. And I was actually just taking a picture of the bruises and then I saw the stretch marks in there.

And I have those apps, the Facetune and Photoshopping ones, and I just didn’t feel like doing it anymore – and I’m never doing it again, because I think we forget what normal people look like now. The standard is so ridiculous. I mean, people are nip-tucking [their pictures].

It’s gotten to a point where they’re not smoothing their skin anymore. They are actually changing the shape of their body and everybody else – nobody can compare to that when you’re fixing yourself so much. It’s so unfair. It started with Botox and everything, of course, but now it’s just grown into this Photoshop phenomenon and I’ve seen these women in person, they are not like that. Please know that. I’ve shot in barely anything with them and it’s just amazing what people do to tweak themselves.

… says Chrissy.

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Size 14 Model Jennie Runk: “Being considered plus size is not something to be ashamed of”

April 26, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image, Hot Models by Versus


On why she thinks the term ‘plus-size’ should not exist:

I definitely think our culture has put a negative connotation on the term. It shouldn’t be offensive to call someone plus size, it’s just a word used to describe a body type. It should be no more offensive than calling someone tall, short, blond, or brunette. The word itself isn’t the problem, it’s those stubborn connotations attached to it. We need to change the way people think about and react to the word. Being considered plus size is not something to be ashamed of. If that’s your body type, that’s part of who you are, and you should never be ashamed of who you are.

… says size 14 US Jennie as part of her involvement in the ‘Drop the Plus’ campaign meant to eliminate the label ‘plus’ in regards to models.


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