Archive for March, 2010

Gabby Not En Vogue

Posted in Curvy News, Entertainment, Get Fit Not Thin, Hollywood, Pop Culture on March 25, 2010 by miaamber

From PopEater

 Gabby Sidibe Reportedly Too Big For Vogue

 “Even with all of the fame and Oscar buzz ‘Precious’ got this past year, that’s still not enough to land star Gabourey Sidibe on the pages of Vogue magazine. According to my sources, Miss Sidibe’s weight is what’s keeping her out of Anna Wintour’s publication, where being rail-thin is a necessity.

Vogue Magazine Rejects ‘Precious’ Gabby

Sources tell me that the editors of Vogue magazine rejected the idea of letting Oscar nominee Gabby Sidibe grace its fashionable pages because of her size. 

“She’s a joke in the fashion community. What she wore on the red carpet at the Academy Awards wasn’t a dress, it was a tent,” one nasty little fashion queen (who I shall not be talking with again) told me.

“Vogue is venue where designers debut their best new pieces. All are of which are one of a kind and sample size. It would be impossible to get a regular-sized girl in those clothes, let alone Gabby,” a less acid-tongued fashion source explained.

A spokesperson for Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who after a trip to Minnesota said, “I can only kindly describe most of the people that I saw as little houses,” didn’t return calls by deadline.

I say, if Vogue is so buddy-buddy with all the designers, tell them make a dress for Gabby for the next issue. See? Problem fixed. That was easy! And for all of you magazine editors out there, normal people don’t want to see all of these skeleton models — give us the real girls!”

What are your thoughts on the great Gabby debate? Should Hollywood and the fashion industry be so focused on her size or her talent? Does one overshadow the other?

Personally, I wish they’d leave the girl alone.



Re/Dress Announces 18+ Model Search Winner

Posted in Beauty, Curvy News on March 25, 2010 by miaamber

In an earlier post I told you that Brooklyn, NY’s Re/Dress Boutique in conjunction with Lucas Pictures and Plus Model Magazine’s 18PLUS was holding its first model search.  In order to enter you had to be at least a size 18!

Recently the winner was announced and here she is:

Re/Dress NYC & Lucaspictures 18Plus Photo Shoot winner, Audrey Lea Curry

As soon as the shoot Audrey won as a part of her prize is done, I’ll post those pics.

Congrats, Audrey!



French Elle Goes Plus!

Posted in Beauty, Curvy News, Entertainment, News, Pop Culture on March 25, 2010 by miaamber

For the first time in history, a plus size model graces the cover of French Elle!

Congratulations to Ford model Tara Lynn!

Here’s another sneak peek of the unprecedented 32 page editorial!

I’m definitely going to hunt this issue down in NYC!

2010 is certainly shaping up to be the year of Plus!



Plus Models=Low Self Esteem? BULL!!

Posted in Beauty, Curvy News, Pop Culture on March 24, 2010 by miaamber

A New Arizona State University study declares the use of full-figured models have a  negative effect on society.

Read on from, The Cut :

Plus-size Models in Ads May Just Make Women Feel Bad About Themselves

Though the fashion industry keeps saying curves are “in,” it may be unwise for many brands to cast plus-size models in ads, according to a new Arizona State University study. Plus-size models are unlikely to sway targeted consumers to buy certain products, since they may just make them feel bad about themselves, researchers say.

“We believe it is unlikely that many brands will gain market share by using heavy models in their ads,” said Naomi Mandel, marketing associate professor in the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU. “We found that overweight consumers demonstrated lower self-esteem — and therefore probably less enthusiasm about buying products — after exposure to any size models in ads (versus ads with no models). Also, normal-weight consumers experienced lower self-esteem after exposure to moderately heavy models, such as those in Dove soap’s ‘Real Women’ campaign, than after exposure to moderately thin models.”

Researchers asked women with low, normal, and high body-mass indexes how they felt after viewing ads with skinny, normal, and plus-size models. Skinny women with low BMI felt good after looking at ads with all kinds of models, since they identified with the thin ones and felt different from the heavier ones. Heavy women with high BMI felt big in comparison to the idealized skinny models, and identified with the bigger ones. Average-size women felt skinny and good when faced with skinny models, but heavy and bad when faced with bigger models.

Plus-size models could help, the researchers note, in ads for certain things, such as weight-loss supplements and gyms — by making women feel bad enough about themselves that they decide to spend money on those things.

When will they GET it? I’d love to hear your thoughts…how do plus models in ads make you feel?



“Large Lara”

Posted in Beauty, News, Pop Culture on March 24, 2010 by miaamber

Dutch Model Lara Stone recently spoke with U.S. Vogue about what it’s like to be a “Larger Model.”  She’s a size 4…

“It’s depressing when the clothes don’t fit and you are always the odd one out.”

“It’s like, come on, she’s a woman; whether you’re buying jeans at the mall, or wearing couture, you know what it’s like for clothes not to fit…  It’s not an easy kind of rejection, because it’s very personal. It’s you, your body. You take it to heart…  People still tell me I’m fat, but when I look in the mirror, that’s not what I see.”

According to reports, Stone had to overcome diet pills and a drinking problem which she developed as a coping mechanism in order to see herself for who she really is.

I know that some people have little sympathy for a size 4 model who’s considered “fat” but think about it–it’s a very difficult thing to be rejected by your industry or anything you’re passionate about simply for being who you are.

When is this sizing madness going to end?



Yes, Mr. Vice President…It is.

Posted in News on March 24, 2010 by miaamber



Mia Amber’s Favorite Things…Bobbi Brown Extra

Posted in Beauty, Loves It! on March 24, 2010 by miaamber

I was running late for a meeting this morning so I didn’t really have time to “paint my face!”  Plus, since I was working all day yesterday, I wanted to give my skin a break from heavy make up.

To solve the problem, I reached for my go-to product, Bobbi Brown Extra Moisturizing Balm. 

It’s a tinted moisturizer containing SPF 25 and it comes in a variety of shades.  It gives you that dewy, sun-kissed look while soothing your skin.

It’s a little pricey at around $50 but a jar lasts a ridiculously long time since a little dab of the product goes a long way!

Loves it!