Archive for July, 2010

Plus Model Teslyn Butler Breaks New Ground

Posted in Curvy News on July 28, 2010 by miaamber

I am so proud to announce that plus model Teslyn Butler has been selected as the first ever plus size model for Wet Seal

To be honest, I wasn’t even aware that Wet Seal carried plus sizes until I voted for Teslyn!

I’ve known this young lady for a few years (even styled her a few times) and she has grown leaps and bounds in that short time.  She’s also one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met.

Congrats, Teslyn and Kudos to Wet Seal for recognizing beauty in all sizes!



Plus Ubermodel Crystal Renn Defends Herself

Posted in Curvy News, Get Fit Not Thin on July 28, 2010 by miaamber

Plus Size Super Model crystal Renn has been making the rounds this week to defend those shockingly thin photos of her that surfaced a few weeks ago.  Among the stops on her media tour was a sit down and photo shoot with People magazine.

Read on:

“Crystal Renn was returning from a photoshoot in Paris for French Vogue earlier this month when she got some troubling news. Retouched photos of the plus size model, who famously overcame anorexia and exercise bulimia 7 years ago before rising to the top of her profession, had been released showing the size 10 beauty looking shockingly thin. “You want to laugh because you know it’s not you, but then you realize everyone out there seeing these images thinks it is,” Renn tells PEOPLE.

“I was obviously upset and concerned. I don’t want some girl who’s recovering from anorexia to see the picture and think I don’t think that you can be any size and be beautiful. That’s completely not what I’m about.” But Renn, 24, is the first to admit that she is slimmer now than when she first relaunched her career as a plus size model at 5’9” and 175 lbs. “Over the years I had made my way down to 165 lbs. and a size 12,” says Renn, who has walked the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel and booked campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana. In the last year, she slimmed down to 150 lbs. and a size 10 when she finally began exercising again after 7 years during which she avoided all workouts. But discovering “fun” activities like hiking and yoga helped her take a more balanced approach to fitness in the past year, she says. “I used to workout obsessively for 8 hours a day,” she admits. “Now, I want to do something fun that’s good for my body.” For more information on Crystal Renn’s body controversy, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE on stands now.”





Saks to Carry High End Plus Sizes

Posted in Curvy News, News on July 28, 2010 by miaamber

NYC’s famed Saks Fifth Avenue is set to become the only major retailer in NYC to carry the fashion industry’s elite labels in every size up to 20!

Read on:

“Saks Fifth Avenue is about to become the only major retailer in the city to carry plus-sized womenswear by names like Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana. Coming very soon to the department store’s super high-end third floor, fall and winter plus-sized pieces will be mixed right in with existing stock—most of which would formerly have only been available in sizes ranging to a 10. Stock will reach size 14 across the board, and in some cases—depending on the brand—will go up to a size 20.

And we’re not just talking about smart suits and evening gowns for the ladies-who-lunch set (though they’ll have plenty to peruse, with extended sizes from Akris, Armani, Carolina Herrera, Escada, Donna Karan, St. John, Oscar de la Renta, Max Mara, Valentino and Michael Kors). Saks will also be stocking plus-sized pieces by the aforementioned Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana, as well as from Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Fendi and Roberto Cavalli.

Fair warning, ladies: Don’t wait for markdowns if you have your heart set on something. As with many of the high-priced pieces in high-priced venues, we’re told only one of each size will be stocked for most pieces. And, if this New York roll-out is deemed successful, other Saks stores will be following suit.”


While I’m excited about this move, I wish all of the designers, including those currently available nationwide, would set aside a portion of their budgets for advertising to the plus consumer using plus size models.

What are your thoughts? 



Mia Amber, Birthday Girl

Posted in Mia in Motion, Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 by miaamber

This past weekend, I celebrated my birthday by doing something I’ve never done before!

A few weeks ago I stood on line with thousands of other New Yorker’s to obtain a Key to the City of New York which would allow unprecedented access to sites in every borough of NYC! 

I decided that my birthday was as good a day as any to get started on my adventure!

After a quick elevator mini-cell phone photo shoot… (Don’t judge–it was my birthday!)

the day began at Eddie’s Sweet Shop.  Eddie’s is a place I had visited many times as a child so I was excited to see how it may have changed over the years.  The folks at Eddie’s were so kind and rolled out the red carpet as soon as I showed them my key! 

Up next was a trip into NYC. I headed uptown to the Whitney Museum.  It had begun to pour by this point so after waiting out the rain it was time to unlock the adventure at the Whitney.

After a nice chat with the employees it was time to take a break from the hunt and head downtown to Times Square where I had a date with a king!

There were absolutely no cell phones or photos allowed of any kind inside the exhibit but it was incredible! The jewelry, furniture and relics of the time were impeccably maintained and stunning. I learned so much about King Tut, a.k.a. The Boy King.  The actual mummy was the only thing that was a replica in the entire exhibit because The Kings body is not allowed outside of Egypt.  If you’re in NYC make your way over to the exhibit. It’s here through January.

Up next was more action in the form of a movie! Salt starring Angelina Jolie was FANTASTIC!

I actually found myself holding my breath a few times due to the action!

After dinner in Times Square it was pretty late but there was time for one last stop on my Key to the City Adventure. I made my way over to Bryant Park and had fun not only using the key but meeting several other folks who were there for the same reason. We had great conversations about which sites we’d all visited and which we were planning to get to.

All in all it was a wonderful day!



P.S.  I didn’t tell you what I saw at each venue because I don’t want to ruin the surprise of what’s in store for you if you’re able to get your hands on a key but it’s totally worth it!

Sidebar.. Update!!

Posted in Entertainment, Hollywood, Loves It!, Pop Culture on July 11, 2010 by miaamber

A while back I told you about my favorite new ad, the Old Spice commercial starring Isiah Mustafa!  Well… he’s back and funnier than ever!

Great things are happening for Isiah since we first saw him on that horse.   He’s appeared on Oprah and a slew of other talk shows and he was hand-picked by Tyler Perry to appear in the currently filming, “For Colored Girls…”  He has also signed a coveted talent deal with NBC! 

When you’ve got it, you’ve got it! I can’t wait to see more of Mr. Mustafa!

Loves it!



Susan Boyle’s Star Search

Posted in Curvy News, Entertainment, Hollywood, Pop Culture on July 11, 2010 by miaamber

Susan Boyle shocked the world when we heard her sing for the first time on Britain’s Got Talent.  Her non-traditional pop-star looks made for great fodder but it no longer seems to phase Ms. Boyle. 

Feeling that she can’t possibly be the only person out there with tremendous talent, Susan has launched her own talent competition!  (Love her for that!!)

The winner will appear with Susan Boyle on her upcoming album.  Interested in competing? The contest rules and instructions are here.

Break a leg!



NY Post on Crystal Renn: “Big Fat Lie?”

Posted in Curvy News, Get Fit Not Thin on July 8, 2010 by miaamber

Yesterday the New York Post devoted two full color pages to discuss Plus Size Supermodel Crystal Renn and her seemingly alarming recent drop in size

Here’s the Post’s article in it’s entirety:

COME on, modeling industry — what are you doing to Crystal Renn?

New photos of the plus-size beauty have emerged that appear, as her friend and fellow plus-size model Kate Dillon admits, like “heroin chic.”

In May, Renn walked the runway for Chanel in St. Tropez, sporting jutting cheekbones and a tight dress that made her look at least two sizes smaller than the size 10 she claims to be. Then this month her agency, Ford Models, released shocking pictures of her on In the shoot taken for a charity by photographer Nicholas Routzen, the 24-year-old model’s eyes look sunken and her face drawn, as she barely wears a T-shirt that skims her skinny, naked legs.

Just last year, Crystal renn reveled in her plus-size figure on the cover of her memoir, 'Hungry' (below). But on the catwalk for Chanel this year, she was a shadow of her former self. 

Just last year, Crystal renn reveled in her plus-size figure on the cover of her memoir, “Hungry” (below). But on the catwalk for Chanel this year, she was a shadow of her former self.


Blogs are now crying “Feed Crystal Renn.” And while Renn still looks fleshier than famously emaciated mannequins such as Kate Moss, fans’ fears aren’t totally unwarranted. Renn, after all, is a woman who’s battled anorexia in the past and says the modeling industry’s pressure to be thin nearly killed her.

“She’s lost some weight,” acknowledges Dillon, 36, but claims Renn shed the pounds during a recent hiking trip to Patagonia. “The one thing that’s so great about plus-size models is that we’re allowed to fluctuate much more than other models. A plus-size model doesn’t have to be a size 12 for the rest of her life. If she gets a new workout regimen and drops to a size 8, it’s not that big of a deal.”

Or is it?

Last year, Renn released her memoir titled “Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves.” She described first coming to New York at age 16, signing a $250,000 modeling contract and starving herself to stay at 95 pounds. Eating less than 1,000 calories a day, worrying if a few pieces of sugarless gum might add to her figure, Renn says she became asexual and lost her period along with her sunny personality. At one point, a photographer screamed at her that she was “huge” when she went up to 130 pounds, which was her breaking point and led to a long period of binge eating.

After jumping to a size 16, Renn finally settled into a size 12 — which is when she achieved true success. She appeared in Teen Vogue in 2004 and even landed inside the pages of Glamour and US Vogue. She was widely touted as “the world’s most successful plus-size model” — a title she reveled in.

“I [decided] to be a plus-size model and let my body be what it was meant to be,” she told The Post in September. “Women are taught that if they get skinny, their lives will be perfect. But real life doesn’t work that way. I’m here to prove it.” (She declined to be interviewed for this article.)

Strangely, now that Renn seems to have achieved superstardom — and happiness — as a plus-size model, she appears to be getting thin again.

Insiders blame the modeling industry. Despite its token embrace of “curvier figures” in the past year (Renn was the poster girl for trendy V magazine’s “Size” issue in January), many say the fashion world will never accept women with a little extra meat on their bones.

“Any woman in fashion and Hollywood [who’s] in the spotlight — as soon as you get any attention, it all goes back to your weight,” says one industry insider who promotes high-end fashion labels. “It’s almost like a disease. No matter how self-empowered you are, there is always someone telling you, ‘You have to be thinner.’

“The only thing a lot women can control is their weight,” she adds, pointing to Jennifer Hudson who — once the symbol of being big and proud of it — is now gracing the cover of this week’s People magazine proclaiming: “My New Body. WOW! Size 16 to Size 6!”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if designers said [to Renn], ‘If you want to keep going, you have to lose the weight.’ ”

Olga Liriano, a casting agent who used to book models for Harper’s Bazaar, concurs. “Crystal Renn starts doing Chanel shows and maybe feels this pressure to drop some weight now that she’s getting more attention. There seems to be no role model for just being your weight.”

Michael Gross, author of “Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women,” agrees that the Chanel show, cast by designer Karl Lagerfeld, may have been the tipping point. “The very fact that Karl Lagerfeld, who has railed against weight, hired her would say that she’s probably lost some weight, because it’s highly unlikely that Karl Lagerfeld will bend to the weight of public opinion.”

What kind of a message does it send? “It sends the message that models should not be role models,” Gross says. “Models are fantasies in the pages of magazines. Little girls should not grow up wanting to be models. It’s like growing up wanting to be Barbie.”

Still, Renn’s agent, Gary Dakin, defends Renn, saying she is still a size 10. “She knows how to move, and she can angle herself to whatever position,” Dakin says. “She knows how to work lighting. I understand that in the [Ford Models] picture she looks smaller, but I also understand that the industry does things that can make models appear differently. Crystal ranges between a 10 and 12, but she’s never not been a 10. I’m telling you, I measure her. I physically measure her.”

Her friend Dillon guesses she’s closer to a size 8 now. “She looks like a size 8, 10. She’s definitely not a size 4 or 2. I know she loves herself now. She went on a big hiking trip, and she had a physical awakening as to how good it feels.”

Her agent reiterates, “She’s just getting into hiking. She’s not losing weight. You know she’s just very, very, very, very healthy.”

Hopefully this is the case because, as physician Wayne Anderson, the author of “Habits of Health” who specializes in weight loss, says, “When people lose weight quickly, they can get that sunken look. It can lead to long-term poor health, so it’s not a good image for these extra-thin models. Most of them are starving themselves.”

Unfortunately, the pressure is always on when you’re a specialty model. “There’s always been one slot for a famous plus-sized model,” Gross says. “And it’s a simple fact of the modeling business that models stay famous by constantly reinventing themselves. So maybe Crystal Renn just created a job opening.”

What are your thoughts?