Beth Ditto Launches Plus-Size Clothing Line

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On recently launching her new line that includes sizes from 14 to 28 US:

Like most girls over a size 14, I’m no stranger to getting creative with off-the-rack clothes. As a teen I combed thrift shops for cool pieces that could be cut, stretched, altered, or reimagined to fit my body. Sleeves cut off, stretch panels sewn in, babydoll dresses made into shirts and vice versa. Lots of early photos from my band Gossip include my homemade clothes!

Later I was lucky enough to be dressed by designers for the red carpet, but the hijinks continued: a tablecloth made into a dress at a Rolling Stone performance, a Westwood dress worn upside down. Stylists bringing nothing but sheets to drape me in, designers sending oversize pieces meant for thin people with armholes sized for a zero. Where are the fashionable clothes for fat girls that aren’t designer one-offs? Where are the subtle and chic wardrobe staples, where are the crazy statement pieces?”“I am SO excited to use years of these experiences, passion for a good stretch, and advice from awesome designer friends to bring you this collection! Fashion for plus size women who deserve to love their bodies AND their clothes, who want access to the same high quality fabrics and craftsmanship everyone else has. Something beyond the uber-cheap, disposable fast-fashion that’s pushed on us. It’s very important to me that fat people know that they deserve to be draped in seven yards of f*****g silk and if I have to do it my damn self, I will.

… says 35 year-old Beth.

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Size 12 US Model Barbie Ferreira Gets Real for aerie

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19-year-old size 12 US Barbie Ferreira is taking the Internet by storm these days, as she is the new face and ‘average body’ of the new unretouched aerie Real ads.

On the root of her insecurities:

As a child I was so deeply insecure,” Ferreira says. “I’d go to classes and auditions and I’d think I’m not going to get this because of my body.” It’s really a strange thing. I was very much tortured as a kid for the way I looked and I didn’t have many friends. For so long I’ve been dieting and hating my hips and I’d do that in first grade. I was so insecure and I had no one to look up to who could make me feel like all my dreams are valid. I know so many gorgeous women who even inspired me to model to break this boundary, and it makes me feel like girls out there can dream about something without having to think about the things that they can’t change.

On being criticized:

There are people who are going to say things about anyone. I think I saw a Kendall Jenner picture and the comment next to it was ‘fat,’ and I think wow, it doesn’t even need to make sense for people to say this. I really, really never take Internet take to heart. The amount of positive messages that move me to tears are so much more frequent than the negative ones.

On plus-size modeling:

Curvy models aren’t usually thought of as models. But everyone being called a “curvy model” or a “plus-size” model is breaking the boundary. We’re trying to get rid of this labels and boxes and just be models of all shapes and sizes. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the word curvy or plus-size because there are women who identify as that, and I’m not offended by it whatsoever because I don’t feel like being bigger is anything wrong. Curvy and plus-size models will just be models once it becomes more normalized and we get more representation and people are used it and not shocked by it.

.. says Barbie.

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More photos of Barbie inside and check out her fashion portfolio here!

 

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