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Women’s Running Magazine Features Plus-Size Model on the Cover

July 18, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image by Versus


18 year-old plus-size model Erica Schenk is featured on the cover of Women’s Running Magazine, fighting the misconception that all runners are ‘skinny’ – here’s the explanation from Magazine editor Jessica Sebor:

“I think that every woman goes to the magazine rack sometimes and feels like she can’t see herself in the cover images. We wanted our readers to feel like they could see themselves in our cover. Some women believe that since they have curves they can’t run or shouldn’t run. Running is for every body anytime. There’s a stereotype that all runners are skinny, and that’s just not the case. Runners come in all shapes and sizes. You can go to any race finish line, from a 5K to a marathon, and see that. It was important for us to celebrate that.”

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Size 8 Model Treat: Stefania Ferrario

July 1, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image, Hot Models by Versus


Name: Stefania Ferrario

Nationality: Australian

Height: 5’8” / 173 cm

Size: US 8

A quote from Stefania:

“I am a model FULL STOP. Unfortunately in the modelling industry if you’re above a US size 4 you are considered plus size, and so I’m often labeled a ‘plus size’ model. I do NOT find this empowering. It is harmful and damaging for the minds of young girls to call a model “plus.” Let’s have models of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities, and drop the misleading labels! I’m NOT proud to be called “plus,” but I AM proud to be called a “model’, that is my profession! #droptheplus”


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Amy Schumer Is 160 Pounds and a Size 6: “I’m not going to look like a malnourished bird”

June 29, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image, Celebrity Quotes by Versus


On being criticized for not being skinny enough:

‘It’s very therapeutic for me to be like, “Yes, I’m not going to look like a malnourished bird,” and I like speaking to that, as well as speaking to my work and what I’m doing. I’m probably, like, 160 pounds right now (at 5’7” / 170 cm and 73 kg) and I can catch a d**k whenever I want. Like, that’s the truth. It’s not a problem,’ she said. I am a size [six] and have no plans of changing. This is it. Stay on or get off. Kisses!’

… says 34 year-old Amy.

A few months back, Hollywood Elsewhere writer Jeffrey Wells commented on Amy’s looks and weight, calling her ‘chubby':

‘She’s obviously sharp and clever and funny as far as the woe-is-me, self-deprecating thing goes, but there’s no way she’d be an object of heated romantic interest in the real world.’

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Size 22 Model Tess Holliday: “I do admit that black men love me”

June 12, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image, Tess Holliday by Versus


A few days ago, Tess Holliday, the largest model signed by a mainstream modeling agency, spoke with The Guardian about her career, while posing in lingerie in the middle of the street. During this interview, Tess made certain statements that received quite a bit of criticism – here’s the piece from The Guardian:

We’re in a cafe, finally sitting down after a six-hour shoot that’s had Holliday traipsing blocks in oppressive heat and then a rainstorm. Throughout, she’s been a hilarious corrective to the notion of models as mute and biddable clotheshorses. At one point, an African American guy, middle-aged, said something appreciative as he walked by. “What do guys think they’ll achieve by yelling something?” She asked, shifting her weight and adjusting the cape primly. “They’re like: ‘She’ll love this, I’ll definitely get her number.’” A pause, and then she added, with some satisfaction, “I do admit that black men love me. I always forget that, and then I come to a black neighbourhood and I remember.” And no one quite knew what to say. Later, finally and effortfully manoeuvred into some lethal-looking Christian Louboutin stilettos, adding height to her 5ft 5in, she’d calmly told the photographer: “If you’re not shooting my shoes, I will f*** you up.”

Later on, Tess apologized for her statements on her Facebook page:

“I apologise for any hurt that my flippant comment has caused. Being followed and quoted is something new for me and I am going to occasionally say or do things that make people unhappy. For that I am sorry, your opinions are important to me. The incident in question occurred when I was on the street, feeling rather exposed in my underwear for the shoot, and an older black man cat called me as I was walking behind the team. I replayed the incident to the team once we were set up for the next shot, and jokingly said some semblance of what appeared in print. It was in relation to being cat called by black men significantly more than by white, but perhaps my tone and wording didn’t convey this clearly. It was also meant to play into the idea that black men like bigger women, but the humour of that doesn’t come through. To further add context, the team included two talented black women – so it was clearly not something intended to cause offence.”

… says Tess.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal: “You’re not sexy enough. You’re not pretty enough”

June 11, 2015 in Beauty & Body Image by Versus


On being told she is “not being pretty enough”:

“When I was starting out, I used to hear “no” a lot and still do. And, “You’re not sexy enough. You’re not pretty enough.” When I was really young, I auditioned for this really bad movie with vampires. I wore a dress to the audition that I thought was really hot. Then I was told I wasn’t hot enough. My manager at the time said, “Would you go back and sex it up a little bit?” So I put on leather pants, a pink leopard skinny camisole and did the audition again and still didn’t get the part. After that, I was like, “OK, f— this!”

,,, says Maggie in The Hollywood Reporter.


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