I was recently at a beauty-related event where models were used to show off the product. Most of the models there were of the fashion variety -- very tall and extremely thin. I've always pondered on why it is. After all, the models there were present for beauty demonstrations, whether it be hair or make-up, not there to show clothing.
Cynthia Cheng Mintz is a lifestyle writer and founder of DelectablyChic!http://www.delectablychic.com, a women-focused site with topics on style, dining, travel and events, mostly in the Toronto area.
It really bothers me that mainstream body image activists tend to pick and choose their battles, focusing primarily on larger sizes and sexuality while ignoring the small. When being small is ever even mentioned, it's often lip service. At best, they acknowledge that it is an issue, and then never discuss it again unless someone else brings it up.
03/02/2013 12:06 EST
Petite sizes, especially petite-exclusive collections, while growing, are hard to come by. Often seen as something for a very mature market, many petite women avoid them like the plague. However, things are changing, especially with Jeetly, the newest entry to the petite-exclusive market.
02/25/2013 12:14 EST
Finally, a luxury line has arrived for petite women 5'5" and below. The 16th Bar, led by 4'11" designer Frankie Ortiz, presented its debut collection in Los Angeles late last year. Recently, DelectablyChic! spoke with Ms. Ortiz to discuss her new collection.
01/08/2013 05:12 EST
Israel's has recently banned "too-skinny" models requiring they must have a BMI of at least 18.5 in order to work. There are very strict rules about using models who fall below the magic number. However, this ruling is unfair. BMI is, after all, not always an indicator of health -- there have been many publications that have proven that. For example, people with very light bones and athletes are more likely to fall out of said number, and still be relatively healthy. In addition, one can meet these minimum requirements, yet still look extremely thin -- muscle, after all, weighs more than fat.
01/03/2013 12:14 EST
The lack of "style" was definitely the case with Allistyle. If this had been a non-specialty size collection, it probably wouldn't have even been shown at World MasterCard Fashion Week as is, unless the designer was already well known to those who are familiar with the Canadian fashion industry (e.g. Joe Fresh).
11/06/2012 05:30 EST
This Toronto Fashion Week, Paraezo Couture's latest collection, headed by former wedding salon creative director, Bruce Dang, showed a series of gowns with amazing detailing (you have to love the beading, lace, feathering and architecture of each of these pieces) that surely fits the bill of a princess wedding. However, the princess wedding we're talking about is more 2008 than 2012.
10/29/2012 05:37 EDT
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