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In collaboration with JCPenney, I am excited to let y'all know about a new plus size fashion docuseries highlighting Ashley Nell Tipton’s journey to the launch of her fall line for Boutique+. The best part is that the entire collection will be available in sizes 0x-4x in-stores and up to a 5X online. When I first heard Tipton announce at CurvyCon that this would be the size range, I almost started crying tears of joy. To have trendy options that are accessible is so huge!

The collection launches online and in-stores on September 6th so stay tuned! 

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Today, let’s talk about LA FARFA MAGAZINE.

“We don’t promote losing weight or gaining weight, because there are women that look gorgeous regardless of what they weigh,” Kon, editor in chief of La Farfa magazine, tells The Japan Times. “Our view is that people should not be defined by the size of the clothes they wear.”

La Farfa magazine, believed to be the first one in Japan aimed at generously proportioned women, features models that weigh between 60 and 120 kg. A distinctive feature of the fashion magazine is that it provides the weight, the height and the body measurements of each model on the page since, according to Kon, “it is more convenient for the readers.”

The creation of the magazine stems from Kon’s own experience. She says regular fashion magazines featuring slim models were of no practical use to her, but she enjoyed checking the latest trends anyway.

Then came the recent expansion of overseas retail clothing companies in Japan — including H&M and Forever 21 — that allowed women to enjoy stylish clothing for a reasonable price, and in bigger sizes.

The media has also started to embrace plump female celebrities in the past few years, with comedians such as Naomi Watanabe and Kanako Yanagihara being popular. Terms such as puniko and pochako, which can be roughly translated to “squishy girl” and “pudgy girl,” have gained ground this year, with some mainstream fashion magazines such as CanCam publishing stories on the movement.

“There was demand for our kind of fashion magazine,” Kon says, as she gives her take on the trend. “Personally, I feel that men are looking at women differently than before.” She adds that while dating a slender woman was considered the ideal not too long ago, men now appear to be seeking partners who can provide iyashi (healing).

“There have also been changes in how women see men as well,” she continues, pointing out that the height, income and academic background of men may not be the prized qualities they were a decade ago.

Initially unable to find any agency with plump models, Kon says her team recruited candidates straight from the streets. Many of the fashion brands were also reluctant to provide sample clothing for La Farfa “since they couldn’t tell what our publication was going to look like at first.”

But that changed quickly after their inaugural issue in March sold out its 80,000 copies. La Farfa was first intended as a bi-annual publication, but the publishers quickly agreed to make it a bi-monthly instead.

La Farfa says it does not use digital methods to make its models look slimmer, but will take advantage of their body features to display the models’ “glamorous” side. Make-up pages are filled with advice for round-faced women, instead of teaching readers how to use cosmetics to look thinner.

“Initially, there was feedback from readers saying our models weren’t pretty, and that dressing them up doesn’t change the fact they are overweight,” Kon says. But she adds that responses from the readers have become more positive recently.

Kon is aware that losing weight remains a vexing issue for many people today. She is not critical of those trying to shed some pounds, but she has her own take on it.

“Whether you want to lose weight or not,” she says, “you must begin with accepting and being happy with who you are now.” She adds that trying to lose weight because you aren’t content with who you are “won’t change the situation.”

True to the spirit of La Farfa, Yaseru Festa isn’t out to pressure people into being thin, just to be happy and healthy, Kuraishi says.

“We just want people to find the best service or product that is suited to them.”

Source Japan times

Check the website of La farfa magazine: http://lafarfa.jp/

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super excited to give y'all a sneak peak at target.com’s newest plus size line addition coming september 15, 2015!

vanity room ny is a new york based contemporary clothing company that is expanding it’s line to include plus sizes and will soon be available on target’s website! this perfect-for-fall mustard yellow cold shoulder dress is going to be a staple in my wardrobe this season. it is actually longer than depicted here - i just threw a belt on at my waist and bloused the top!

dress - vanity room ny
boots - urban outfitters
hat - forever21
bag - flea market in spain

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Are you a fat babe? Do you know a fat babe who deserves a pretty rad gift?

If either of those apply to you check out my etsy store The Brazen Bazaar to snag one of these beauties! 

I will be adding more embroidery and some awesome vintage plus size clothing to the store very soon so keep checking back.

(EDT)

HOW DOES THIS HAVE SO MANY NOTES?!?!!? I’M SO OVERWHELMED!!!

I’ve only got enough fabric to make like 2 or 3 more of these babies so get one while you can.

I LOVE ALL OF YOU

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