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New Post has been published on Plus Size Model Crystal Renn on Loving YourselfWhen Crystal Renn started out in the modeling world, she starved herself in order to suit the industry standard. She then had a revelation and decided to start eating once again, became a size 16 and now has the entire world at her feet.
Yet Crystal Renn resembles an ordinary woman, however an extremely gorgeous one. Plus she does not look like a size 16. She hears this quite a bit. In her book Hungry, she talks about the frequent trills coming from editors and stylists that she encounters who tell her, using a compliment, that she does not “look fat”. “It’s simply bizarre,” she writes, “that ‘normal’ is the new overweight.” With her abundant locks, perfect skin and fleshy shape, in her photoshoots Crystal Renn brings to imagination a conventional statue. She really is stocked full with incredible guidance for you to live a triumphant existence,
Therefore, chill and revel in 2 minutes of extremely treasured help and advice from the woman whose physique is without a doubt transforming the face of fashion.

Crystal Renn on Loving Yourself No Matter What Your Size

Crystal Renn Quotes
“We can always find each other, we girls with secrets.”― Crystal Renn
‘I’d love to see [the fashion industry] open their eyes to the variety of women. That variety is what’s beautiful.
Current sample sizes that models are all expected to fit into are ridiculous, a US size zero or British size 4 is the standard. They should go up to a British size 16.
‘I’m not saying all models should be size 16, but bigger dresses can be pinned and adjusted, while tiny size zero clothes can’t really be changed. It means all these models starve themselves, like I did, to fit them.’
― Crystal Renn
“We women are a lot more powerful if we see ourselves as fighters on the same side. But it’s easier to judge others – their choices and their bodies – than to think about the struggles we share.”
― Crystal Renn
New Post has been published on Size Model On the Rise: Alina KartleyGender: Female
I am a registered nurse and model who is looking for a plus size modeling opportunity! I enjoy challenges and learning new skills. I look forward to a modeling chapter in my life. I am looking for work in the modeling industry.
New Post has been published on Many Times Will Target Fail Plus Size Women?Sometimes certain stores just get you, you know? I’m talking about the stores that are there for you when you need them (hello, retail job!) and the stores that always have your back. (Seventy percent off rack when my bank account is struggling? Perfect.) But fashion blogger Chastity Garner of GarnerStyle recently penned a breakup letter to one of her former loves when she decided to boycott Target over its Joseph Altuzarra collaboration because, once again, the brand didn’t bother to include plus-size options for shoppers.
After Target revealed that it would release its next designer collab with Altuzarra, I admit that I was blindly excited. I gushed over the lookbook that was released last week, and admired the craftsmanship and designer quality that is consistently being brought to an accessible and relatively affordable store such as Target. But as a plus-size woman, Garner’s letter spoke to me and brought me back to the reality of the exclusion of plus-size women from an otherwise accessible market. So I am joining Chastity Garner and many other plus-size women who are vowing to #boycottTarget.
Read More at Bustle

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New Post has been published on to Get Creative and Make the Most of Your Office Wardrobe  The majority of women in general find it difficult looking for suits that fit properly and have a style that fits their attitude, but curvy women have it the most challenging. When it comes to pant suits or even skirt suits, curvy women have the least variety of alternatives, both in superior quality and style.
Many department stores only have a couple of different styles; actually it’s an issue for curvy women to get enough suits to carry them through a full work week. This is when creativeness is necessary because with the right amount of blending different garments, it’s possible to produce an amazing amount of outfits using only a couple of pieces.
What you need to have
The purpose of this exercise is to create the largest clothing collection possible when it comes to distinctly different outfits. it’s not to be mistaken for having a large amount of clothes, the truth is if this is executed the right way 3 skirts, 3 suits, 3 pairs of pants and 5 blouses could easily create as many as 18 base suits and/or sport coat trouser combinations as well as 50 individual outfits, which means it might be possible to go for 2 working months without having to repeat a single pairing. The objective here is versatility.
Begin with patterned and/or textured suits. Understated designs will give your suit far more flexibility as it can be worn as separates and even paired with a larger selection of underpinnings. Get sophisticated tweed to add to your outfit.
Match this with flat and solid colored slacks and skirts. Taking the jacket and combining it together with pants and skirts, as separates, gives you a lot more distinctive outfits which goes over and above the basic pant suit or skirt suit.
Always opt for suits and separates which follow the same lines. In case your suit is a slim fit modern suit, match it along with a modern pair of pants. If it is a wide leg type suit, match this with an “A line” skirt. This might be a little tricky to find, if you would like to minimize your shopping time, custom suits might be something to think about. Pairing clothing having similar lines of design provides an impressive and more streamlined look when you combine them together.
Mix your base suits with complementing and contrasting tops. Rotate your blouses as necessary can give the illusion of a much larger wardrobe. For instance a dark grey suit paired with a white shirt works as a totally different look than the very same dark grey jacket top paired with a khaki trouser and a yellow shirt.
The most important thing to remember when you are shopping is to be flexible. Blending your pant suits and skirt suits together with separates will help you increase and take full advantage of your curves and your work clothes.
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New Post has been published on Beauty Tips for Airplane Travel I HAVEN’T been on a long haul flight in a while, but I’ve been on flights lately that lasted three or four hours. Even these medium haul flights, no matter how big the plane or comfortable the seat, can cause skin issues due to the horribly dry air inside the cabin.
Here are a few tips for airplane skin care and beauty:
1. Exfoliate skin the night before a flight. This will remove dead skin cells that could cause flakiness caused by dry airplane air.
2. Follow with a super-hydrating moisturizer. Look for one that has hyaluronic acid in it, especially for long haul flights.
3. Applying foundation before a flight can be tricky. It could become patchy because of the dryness. Switch to a tinted moisturizer or BB cream, which are also easier to reapply when it’s time to deplane.
4. Airplane air can cause havoc on your tresses. Prevent major dryness or static hair by deep-conditioning before the flight. Try carrying a small tube of leave-in conditioner among your liquids if your hair is really prone to dryness.
5.  Having a small bottle of rose water or witch hazel toner is a quick and easy way to feel refreshed and rehydrated throughout the flight.
6. Bring hand and body lotion to stay moisturized all over. Don’t forget to slather it on hands and feet on a medium or long haul flight.
7. Don’t forget lip balm!
8.  If you wear contact lenses, airplane air will dry them out even more quickly. I do not wear my contact lenses for flights any longer than one hour because it’s just too uncomfortable. If you want to have your contacts on before you leave the plane, have your contact lens case and lens solution in your allowed bag of hand-carried liquids and put them on before landing.
9.  Even if you don’t wear contact lenses, eye drops are a good thing to carry if your eyes are prone to redness or dryness.
10.  If you need to look put-together as soon as you exit the plane, apply makeup a little while before landing. Opt for cream blush and highlighter to bring some dewiness to your skin.
11. Remember not to spray a cloud of perfume in your seat that could irritate other passengers. Freshen up fragrance in the lavatory or after exiting the plane instead.
12. If hair has been flattened beyond hope, put it up in a ponytail or French braid.
13.  Do your regular skin care routine after you get off the plane, before bedtime. If skin has really dried out, use a heavier moisturizer than usual or use a moisturizing mask.
14.  Lastly, don’t forget the very simple but important thing of staying hydrated throughout the flight. Drink more water than you think you need. Getting up for trips to the bathroom will help your circulation, too!
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New Post has been published on Size Model Tara Lynn on the Cover of Elle FranceElle France has seemingly dropped their annual February ‘Special Rondes’ issue in favour of simply putting a popular model on the cover because she belongs there.  Refreshing!
For her third appearance with Elle France (her fifth for the Elle franchise), this curvy brunette provides an interview, style tips and a series of photos set in the lush greenery of Woodstock in upstate New York.
Model: Tara LynnPhotographer: Matt JonesStylist: Chloe DugastHair: Leanne HirshMake-up: Italo Gregorio

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New Post has been published on Makes Waves for Body Positivity  As a fat woman, I often struggle to love my body and find clothes that I feel look good on it. This is especially true when it comes to swimsuits. In fact, I was so ashamed of my body that I didn’t wear a swimsuit for about ten years. Only recently have I been coming around and starting to learn to love my fat and wear the clothes that I want to in public. The one thing I’m still struggling with more than anything else is swimsuits, and specifically bikinis. I know that I’m not alone in this, but thanks to social media, all I have to do is take a look at my phone and be inspired to confidently step out wearing whatever I want.
Over at Colorlines, writer Miriam Zoila Pérez took a look at the trend of body-and fat-positive instagram, tumblr and twitter users taking to social media and showing off their bodies in their #fatkinis (a portmanteau of fat and bikini). I straight up love this hashtag and this article. For such a long time the two piece swimsuit belonged squarely to decidedly non-fat people. As the popularity of this hashtag shows, this is all changing. Especially when it comes to people who are bigger than your usual “plus-size” role model.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my chubby sisters, and I’m not minimizing the pressure you feel to have the perfect body, but it can get damn depressing when so much body positivity is focused on girls and women who aren’t even a size ten. There seems to be this thing where people who are a little curvy or a little overweight or a little chubby, but still very much conventionally attractive, have become the face of the body positivity movement. Yes, it’s great for people who look like Meghan Trainor to know that even though society and culture tell them they’re not skinny enough they’re still beautiful. But what about those of us who are twice her size and don’t have “all the right junk in all the right places?”
Women who are a size 20 (and bigger), women who have a Visible Belly Outline, women with small butts and breasts but big thighs and bellies are often intentionally ignored when it comes to picking out faces of the body positive, and even fat positive movement. Because of that, when I look at things that are supposed to be telling me I’m beautiful no matter what size I am, I often just feel left out. That’s what I love about #fatkini. In these women’s bodies I can see myself. I also love that so many of them are calling themselves fat, which at least for me, is such a freeing thing. When we move away from “you’re not fat, you’re beautiful” and into “you’re fat and beautiful,” that’s when you know that we’re starting to win battles.

Pérez points out that many of the leaders and participants in this #fatkini movement are people of color, and that this isn’t something that happened by accident. In her piece, Pérez quotes Laura Luna P, a “queer fat Xicana femme, vintage purveyor, stylist and community builder,” as saying that “as a woman of color I always try to take up space, it’s kind of self-preservation. You want to make yourself seen. By accepting my fatness, that’s part of it.” In fact, one of the early leaders in the proud #fatkini movement was fashion blogger Gabi Gregg, aka Gabi Fresh, who back in 2012 posted pictures of herself in a black and white swimsuit and encouraged others to post pictures in their own fatkinis.
I also love that this movement is taking place on the beach. What place is more public? What place is more connected with looking the right way? Having to look skinny enough to meet the beach’s standards is an idea so entrenched into our society’s mind that we even have a term for it — beach body. And if you don’t have the perfect beach body, which is defined as looking like a model’s then you better not show up. Now, the beach belongs to everyone.

Pérez also mentions Forever 21‘s addition of a variety of plus-size bikinis as a reason for more people confidently going out to the beach or the pool. When larger retailers like this start to make two-piece swimsuits for fat people, you know that things are changing. I honestly feel like for years there have been plenty of big, fat or plus-size people who would have happily worn two piece swimsuits, they just couldn’t find affordable ones. Gabi Fresh also recently teamed up with swimsuitsforall to create a line of swimsuits, ensuring that there are even more fatkini options for the masses.
For a long, long time I’ve wished that I had the confidence to hang out at beaches and pools, and I think that after looking through all the amazingly fashionable and self-assured people absolutely rocking their bikinis, I actually will. When there are so many people who look like me standing up and showing off their bodies and they sense of style in such a public forum, I can’t help but be inspired. This is definitely the kind of body positive movement I can get behind.

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New Post has been published on Pain-Free Guide to Avoiding Modeling ScamsAvoiding Modeling Scams and What You Should Look Out For
Plenty of people coming into the world of modeling are often young, impressionable and ridden with anticipation as well as enthusiasm. Sadly there are lots of bogus modeling agencies and con artists who prey on this weakness and give modeling a bad name. If you are thinking about getting into a career in modeling, maintain your senses about who you are always and stay looking for any kind of shady deals or offers.
Below are great tips regarding how to spot the frauds from the legitimate modeling agencies and modeling jobs so that you avoid losing money or putting yourself in real danger.
Make sure to read the “small print” on contract
When it comes to nearly anything, never sign on the dotted line until you have looked over all of the terms and conditions of the contract and completely understand what you are signing. Regardless of how excited you might be, don’t simply glimpse over it at that moment, and take it home so you can review it thoroughly free of feeling pressure. No reputable modeling agency will demand that you sign a contract on the spot. Have another person to read over the contract as well, because they might notice points that you hadn’t detected.
In the event that anything at all seems uncertain to you or you have any kind of concerns, don’t be reluctant to ask the agency. If they’re legit, they will voluntarily provide you with an open and truthful explanation.
A few essential sections to be aware of are clauses outlining service fees and charges.
Are they realistic?
At the same time be aware of clauses which place you into a contract for a particular length of time, is this satisfactory to you personally? One more possible grey area is what could happen to any photographs of you used by the agency. Make sure that you are not signing away any rights, or else you might wind up finding your picture in places that you would not have agreed to.
Actually reputable modeling agencies might try and offer you a contract that’s not advantageous for you.  Keep in mind they’re in this business to earn money so be mindful and be ready to battle to get yourself a good deal.
Portfolio photographs
Several photographers offer you portfolio packages if you are interested in modeling, typically charging you several hundred or even over a thousand dollars to shoot a number of images for making up your modeling portfolio for agencies. This is usually a waste of money and the completed portfolio that you receive won’t always be what the agency is seeking.
The photographer will usually shoot all of your photographs in a single sitting, so they will all have a very similar appearance and feel with very similar backdrops not to mention you won’t have much of a an opportunity to change your style of outfits or make-up. A variety of photographs that all seem virtually identical are not any use to an agency since they don’t provide an idea showing how versatile you can be.
Actually, they will want an assortment of shots taken on several days by completely different photographers, all in unique surroundings and with different styles. If you are in the beginning stages of your modeling career, you may not be expected to have a diverse portfolio of this nature for an agency.
Phony modeling or casting agencies
Creating a fraudulent agency can be quite a cash machine for cons who compliments and to prey on trusting, impressionable hopeful models. The casting agencies often carry out “casting sessions” in hotels throughout the country, enticing visitors to spend an up-front fee to join up them and have pictures taken to help them to search for work with modeling agencies.
They will present you with a “money-back guarantee” if they don’t find you employment within a specified period of time. In some cases they will find you a modeling job with an agency; however the agency is equally as phony and is commonly operated by the very same people. Yet again, typically the agency wants an up-front fee for you to join; therefore victims wind up having to pay twice. It’s a part of the con to get your fees and you will never hear from these people ever again, not to mention ever get a refund of your money.
New Post has been published on Empowering “Body Image” Quotes From Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey is the richest woman in the United States of America. She is also owner of O magazine, OWN television network and many other media franchises. Oprah is also the most influential celebrity on television today. Her political endorsements can turn someone into a President and her book club endorsements can turn an author into a million dollar brand.

It is easy to let negative obstacles ruin your life, slow you down, and lead you into the fields of desperation and depression. On the other hand, misfortunes can move you into a world of achievement and miraculous success.
What makes the difference is our choice. We always choose whether misfortune will strengthen our will and character or smash us down. There are examples of both extremes everywhere. Nowadays we have amazing opportunities to learn from the best on just how to become the best in our lives. This was the foundation upon which Oprah Winfrey has built her successful life.
Here are the top 7 Empowering Quotes from The Richest Woman in America, Oprah Winfrey.
1. I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.
2. The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.
3. With every experience you alone are painting your own canvas — thought by thought, choice by choice. 
4. Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal and by maintaining focus.
5. Partake in some of life’s sweet pleasures. And yes, get comfortable with yourself.
6. It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and lessons to learn — which is what life is all about.
7. In very aspect of our lives we are always asking ourselves, “How am I of value? What is my worth?” Yet, I believe that worthiness is our birthright.

New Post has been published on Van GrondelleGender: Female
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 5ft 10 in
Bust: 38D
Waist: 33
Hips: 44
Danielle’s agency is Ego’s Models in Amsterdam. Brigitte Models, Munich, Model Management UK in London, and 12 plus UK in London also represent her.
Here are some examples of who she’s worked with: Avantgarde magazine, BY s’oliver, Evans, Ulla Popken, Marina Rinaldi, Chic magazine, Grazia magazine, Veto jeans, Freundin magazine, Burda magazine, Neckermann, Otto, Happysize, and many more.