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Model Philomena Kwao on being black in a makeup chair: “They’re almost afraid to touch me”

  • Plus-size model Philomena Kwao, who recently appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, is on a mission.
  • She wants to make sure no one forgets just how hard it is to be a black woman and in need of some quality makeup.
  • In a recent video for i-D, Kwao speaks with the model Iman about the struggles of being a black model in a makeup chair.
  • And of working with makeup artists who are clearly clueless about how to deal with darker skin. Read more

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For the first time ever, ‘Project Runway’ will have diverse models of different sizes this season

  • Size diversity in fashion has spread from magazines to commercials to ads, and now to fashion-oriented TV shows. 
  • On Good Morning America on July 6, the host and judges of Project Runway — Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and fashion designer Zac Posen — announced this coming season (the show’s 16th), will be making history.
  • For the first time, Project Runway will team designers up with a diverse cast of models of different sizes, meaning all models won’t be a size 2 or 4, as per usual, but perhaps a size 8, 10, 12 and up. Read more (7/10/17)

Waaaaaaaait 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 This photo embodies how much fucks I don’t give to naysayers. To Islamaphobes. To people who like to comment on how I promote obesity and fat shame me regularly, saying I’d be much cuter if I was ‘smaller’. To the people who say I’m not Muslim enough. To the people who slide into my inbox saying how they wanna do lunch but wasn’t with me when I was down, out, and had no self-worth but now find me 'of value’ now that I got a little media play. To the people who told me that there was enough writers already and to get a 'real’ job. To the people who used to be my friends but went ghost because of their own insecurities. And to the folks that just plain don’t like me because I slay super easily. Heeeeeey 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾Photo: @remy_me Model: Leah Vernon Turban: @flossyssuitcase

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Wearing

✶  Tailored skirt and blouse co-ord  ✶  Crossbody satchel  ✶  Clog sandals  ✶ Unique Vintage umbrella {similar, with cats}  ✶  Velvet ribbon  ✶

Today I’m wearing yet another one of my own designs! I got this co-ord tailored last month using two different types of indigo dyed fabric. I’m having a bit of a love affair with indigo dyed cloth at the moment - it’s so vibrant and unique, even though the dye will stain anything it comes in contact with (I learned that the hard way!) This is a more vintage inspired look than I’ve been going for of late, but then I find colder weather to be more conducive to retro looks like this. There’s something a bit 40s about the cut of the skirt and blouse, and with my old Unique Vintage umbrella in tow, I rather feel like singing in the rain! 

Although vintage and vintage inspired fashion has forever been my jam, I’ve never been too fond of the styling that typically accompanies 40s and 50s inspired looks. Here’s my top tip for rocking mid century inspired ensembles without going all the way into pin-up territory: keep your styling simple. I’ve styled this co-ord with a minimalist crossbody satchel and equally pared down clog sandals - both timeless, classic pieces that can blend in with any era. And instead of the standard pin-up coiffure, I’ve pulled back my hair with a velvet ribbon and let my natural curls do their thing. So the overall look has a vintage air while remaining timeless and contemporary. 

I’ve linked to some of my favourite plus size co-ord sets this season in the widget below. Just swipe through to see my picks! 


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Oop ! Here Comes The Glow From Rich Melanin 🌻🍫

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Model Kelvin Davis on what it’s really like to shop as a plus-size man

  • Model Kelvin Davis has dedicated the past few years of his life to shedding light on how it really is like to be a plus-size man. 
  • He’s appeared in ads with Chubbies, spoken out after appearingAerie’s male body positivity joke and dished out encouraging words for bigger guys nearly every day on his blogand Instagram, Notoriously Dapper.
  • Now, in an interview with Mic, Davis is revealing what first inspired him to start his body positivity blog for men. Read more (7/21/17)
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Despite significant buying power, plus-size women remain a rarity in print campaigns

  • When the Fashion Spot revealed their diversity report for the Fall 2017 season back in February, things were looking refreshingly good.
  • Models of color appeared in every show at New York Fashion Week. Six out of the 10 most-booked models were models of color. And plus-size models had their biggest season on record, with 26 plus-size model appearances (up from just 4 the previous year).
  • And while that momentum has continued for models of color, according to the latest diversity report released by the Fashion Spot on Thursday morning — this one focusing on print advertising campaigns — the reality for plus-size models is far bleaker.
  • In fact, out of the 444 model appearances they examined, plus-size women were only cast 10 times — down from 14 one year earlier. That’s a mere 2.3%. Read more (5/4/17)